Topic: Health and Education

Reflections on an involuntary immersion, by Robert Chambers

Just read this extraordinary piece by one of my heroes, Robert Chambers, and wanted to share it. Fans and admirers all over the world will be wishing you a speedy recovery, Robert. I have just returned home after a health-related immersion of over 10 weeks as a patient and participant-observer in an NHS hospital and […]

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Covid and Development Nutshell: FP2P audio roundup w/b 18th May

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A Call to Action on Open Budgets during the COVID-19 Response

Guest post by Sally Torbert of the International Budget Partnership, who has a very different take on how to tackle Covid Corruption from yesterday’s post by Mushtaq Khan and Pallavi Roy Vast sums of public money are being mobilized and diverted to fund COVID-19 emergency measures. Governments need to identify, approve, and implement emergency funding […]

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Rethinking anti-corruption for COVID-19

Guest post by Mushtaq Khan and Pallavi Roy of the SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence Consortium (SOAS-ACE) Why the COVID-19 response is undermined by corruption ‘Flattening the curve’ and lockdowns have sadly become part of our new vocabulary. That this is not just about limiting patient numbers temporarily but primarily about using the opportunity to scale up […]

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Covid (mainly) Links I Liked

And the overall winner of our Corona Cartoon competition is….. the unknown creator of Zoom Last Supper – anyone know who we should be congratulating? It was tight though – Last Supper got 46% and ‘turn it on and turn it off again’ got 42%. Some Podcast news: My #PowerShifts colleague Maria Faciolince is starting […]

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Covid and Development Nutshell: Audio summary of the week’s FP2P posts

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How will Africa have changed one year from now?

This was the title for my first experience of Zoom-chairing last week, in a panel hosted by the LSE’s Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. The star-studded panel comprised Degan Ali, Alex de Waal, Kiran Jobanputra and Vanessa Moungar. They were all great, and you can enjoy the full 80m video here, but to give you a […]

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How adaptive are ‘Adaptive Management’ programmes in a crisis like Covid?

I wrote this with guest bloggers Jane Lonsdale and Rosita Armytage – I’m an adviser to their governance project in Myanmar, which provides the subject matter for this post. The Coronavirus has provided the perfect natural experiment, buffeting aid programmes of every stripe and testing their ability to respond. Here’s some views directly from an […]

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Five ways to have better data after COVID-19

Guest post by Dr. Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Most of the time data is a boring backdrop to the real stuff that people care about: will my child get into university with those grades? Which party is likely to win at the next election? Who will win the […]

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Surviving the COVID 19 pandemic: the view from a Ugandan surgeon and epidemiologist

Guest post by Dr. Olive Kobusingye In managing the pandemic, Uganda seems to have checked many of the right boxes so far. Schools were closed, large gatherings banned, and some form of physical distancing adopted before Uganda registered its first case of COVID 19. The sole international airport was closed on March 23, 2020, a […]

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Coronavirus Links I Liked

This blog’s #PowerShifts project is now on Instagram Debt crisis update: The Economist’s table of 4 risk factors in 66 developing countries. Highest combined risk = Venezuela, Lebanon, Zambia, Bahrain, Angola. The Economic Impact of COVID-19 around the World. Excellent round up of the latest analysis from David Evans (aka the Great Summarizer) and Amina Mendez Acosta […]

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Covid and Development Nutshell: weekly audio round-up of FP2P posts

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