Duncan Green

This is a conversational blog written and maintained by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’. This personal reflection is not intended as a comprehensive statement of Oxfam's agreed policies.

Aidspeak: some of your best/worst responses to my call for examples

Duncan Green - January 3, 2018

I’m on holiday for the first week of 2018, trying to see the Northern Lights in Norway. In the meantime, here are the most-read posts from 2017, in reverse order starting with number 5. Here’s the original if you want to read the comments Well you took a few hours to get started in response to Tuesday’s post, but then the floodgates opened and an avalanche …

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Links I Liked

Duncan Green - January 2, 2018

Welcome back, those who’ve been away. The twittersphere never stops, so here’s some random links to help you catch up. 48 superimposed photos of the sun, taken during a year, one per week, in the same place and time, in the Cathedral of Burgos. The highest point is the summer solstice and the lowest is the winter solstice. But can someone please explain to me …

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See you in 2018 people, and please wish me luck in Tromso

Duncan Green - December 21, 2017

Got a bunch of things to get finished before Christmas, and judging from the falling number of blog readers (thanks, Google Analytics), so has everyone else. So for everyone’s sake, I’m calling a blog break til the New Year. After Christmas I’ll be heading off to the top of Norway to try and see the Northern Lights. If there are clear skies, it could like …

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Why is Support for Women’s Rights Rising Fastest in the World’s Cities?

Duncan Green - December 20, 2017

Guest post by Alice Evans Support for gender equality is rising, globally. People increasingly champion girls’ education, women’s employment, and leadership. Scholars have suggested several explanations for this trend: (a) the growing availability of contraceptives (enabling women to delay motherhood and marriage); (b) domestic appliances (reducing the volume of care work); (c) cuts in men’s wages and the rising opportunity costs of women staying at …

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What can other cities learn from Mexico City’s bike-sharing scheme?

Duncan Green - December 19, 2017

Some smart thinking from one of my LSE students from last year, Naima von Ritter Figueres. Originally published on the LSE International Development blog Most cities over the past few decades have been shaped by the car. Heavy traffic, air pollution, safety hazards, and losses in public space, social cohesion and economic competitiveness are all associated with the ever-increasing unsustainable dependence on this form of transport. Mexico …

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Links I Liked

Duncan Green - December 18, 2017

Some pleasing funnies this week, via Robert Went and Amy Klatzkin ‘Cash transfers reduced tobacco and alcohol consumption’, according to a meta-analysis of 19 studies. Possible reasons: CTs encourage other spending on good stuff (health, education); people following the advice on how to spend that often accompanies CTs; and CTs usually go to women & increase their say in broader household spending. Does your social …

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What did I learn in Myanmar about what Adaptive Programming actually looks like?

Duncan Green - December 15, 2017

I’m still processing a fascinating week in Myanmar. No I wasn’t in Rakhine, in case you’re wondering (separate post on that may follow). Instead, along with aid programming guru Angela Christie, I was exploring what ‘adaptive management’ looks like on the ground, and how it compares to all the fine-sounding stuff repeated endlessly in aid seminars around the world. The lab rat for this was …

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I want to convince you about the importance of universal healthcare – should I talk about numbers or people’s lives?

Duncan Green - December 14, 2017

Tuesday was Universal Health Coverage Day. Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s Public Services Policy Manager reflects on the global campaign for decent healthcare If you operate outside of the global health bubble, you could be forgiven for not noticing that the 12th December was Universal Health Coverage day. A day that marks the anniversary of a 2012 UN commitment to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the quality …

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How to stop men asking all the questions in seminars – it’s really easy!

Duncan Green - December 13, 2017

I spotted a short item on gender bias in academia in the Economist this week and tweeted it, which then went viral. The tweet read: ‘In academic seminars, ‘Men are > 2.5 times more likely to pose questions to the speakers. This male skew was observable only in those seminars in which a man asked first question. When a woman did so, gender split disappeared’. …

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How are INGOs Doing Development Differently? 5 of them have just taken a look.

Duncan Green - December 13, 2017

Hats off to World Vision for pulling together some analysis on where large international NGOs (INGOs) have got to on ‘Doing Development Differently’ (see the 2014 manifesto if you’re not up to speed on DDD). Up to now, NGOs have been rather quiet in a discussion dominated by government aid agencies, academics and thinktanks. World Vision asked Dave Algoso to look at examples from 5 …

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