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Links I Liked

Fabric map of Africa. Glorious from @miakora_ America’s mean streets where people….. have dinner ht Rex Chapman The OECD has just published its annual States of Fragility report. Mega number crunch/overview across multiple dimensions. Full disclosure: I’m on the reference group. Decolonizing the commentariat contact list. Brilliant researchers and commentators from across Africa who can […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (15m) of FP2P posts, w/b 14th September

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How to vlog – top examples and advice from some very tech savvy students

Final instalment from my amazing LSE students. Earlier posts ran some of their blogs, which were part of their assignment to write an influencing strategy on a topic of their choice. But I gave them the option of doing a video blog (vlog) instead, and several of them grabbed it, with some impressive results. Here […]

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How to reduce carbon emissions = 100 coal power stations with the world’s biggest nudge

In the latest instalment from my LSE activism students, Lachlan Hill took my course to help formulate the strategy for his Go25degrees campaign in Indonesia. This asks Air Con manufacturers – not governments – to take responsibility for their indirect emissions and make one simple change to their factory settings. One simple nudge to prevent […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (12m) of FP2P posts, w/b 7th September

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In advocacy, which matters more – evidence or relationships? How has Covid changed the balance?

Sometimes I wish the earth was flat – then at least, we wouldn’t have time zones. Last week I blearily zoomed in for three 7am starts to discuss the strategy of the Myanmar-based Centre for Good Governance (full disclosure, I’m an adviser). Luckily, it was really interesting. CGG prides itself on its ability to adapt […]

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Links I Liked

Tom Gauld on talking to computers – think I’m already at ‘finally’….. Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’ll be speaking on a panel on drugs and development to launch a series: ‘A World with Drugs: Legal Regulation through a Development lens’. As Helen Clark is kicking it off, I’ll mainly be doing ‘what she said’. Q to readers […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (18m) of FP2P posts, w/b 24th and 31st August

And below is the graphic I promised

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London’s Toxic Tube and what to do about it

I thought I’d post some of the top blog posts from this year’s students in my LSE class on ‘Advocacy, Campaigning and Grassroots activism‘. Their individual assignment was to design a campaign strategy for a cause close to their hearts, and write a blog about it. Here’s Lucy Shearer presenting her campaign to clean up […]

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What is Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and why does it matter in development?

Another great piece/links round-up from Graham Teskey – an internal briefing at his workplace (Abt) that he’s happy for me to share  Political economy analysis (PEA) refers to a body of theory and practice that was first identified by the great economists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Indeed, economics was originally termed ‘political economy’. […]

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Links I Liked

Data, Knowledge, Wisdom and other stuff. ht Peter Baker ‘Research in conflict settings is like living with a constant risk of getting burned. As researchers, we grow accustomed to the burns; we even begin to trivialise them. Until the day we realise that our skin no longer heals.’ An Ansoms on the LSE Africa blog […]

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3 advocacy case studies I would love to read (on long term norm shifts). Anyone fancy writing them?

On the off chance that someone is looking for an interesting research topic, here are 3 case studies related to norm change that I would love to read about, but don’t currently have time to research myself. If you are interested in picking up any of them, I’d love to discuss (and read the result). […]

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