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Audio Summary of FP2P posts w/b 15th April (and a fab redesign for the blog)

Highlight of the week for me was the crisp new design for the blog, thanks to Amy Moran and web designer Ben Newton. Amy sets out the benefits of the new look as: We’ve simplified posts so they’re easier to read. Larger text, no side bar and a centred layout. The homepage now features images, […]

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Audio summary (5m) of FP2P posts for w/b 8th April, and a quick hello vlog from the Philippines

and here’s me burbling on in the Philippines

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Combating corruption through community

David Riveros García makes a strong case for placing communities at the centre of anti-corruption work, based on the experience of organisations and movements in Paraguay. David is the founder and Executive Director of reAcción, an NGO that promotes civic participation and transparency in the education sector.   Growing is often its own trap. For social initiatives, […]

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The new head of the UK’s aid watchdog wants your advice on its workplan – can you help?

Guest post by Dr Tamsyn Barton, ICAI Chief Commissioner Imagine this: you are in charge of scrutinising all UK aid spending by the government. Of giving public and Parliament assurance about how a perennially controversial £14.5bn budget is spent. You want to ensure your findings are taken seriously by government departments and people with the […]

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Vikalp Sangam: a search for alternatives in India…and globally

Pallav Das and Ashish Kothari explain the need for alternative visions to the dominant model of economic development in India, and beyond. Pallav and Ashish are two of the founders of Kalpavriksh, a 40-year Indian NGO focusing on environment and development issues. Contemporary India is going through a perplexingly critical time in its economic development, as it seems that […]

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Links I Liked

Does rising GDP lead to greater happiness? Not really, according to the latest World Happiness Report, as summarized in The Economist. ‘Of the 125 countries for which good data exist, 43 have seen GDP per person and happiness move in opposite directions (in red on graphic).’ economist.com/graphic-detail… There are 7 universal moral rules: love your […]

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Audio summary of FP2P posts (7m) week beginning 1st April

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Audio Summary (8m) of FP2P posts, week beginning 25th March

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Links I Liked

A majority of people living in developed countries want their government to tax the rich more to help the poor, according to an OECD survey of 21 countries (not including the UK for some reason). Do we really Live in a One-Hump World? More humpiness, this time from Jason Hickel Complicating the Narratives. Excellent long […]

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Audio summary (6m) of FP2P posts for wb 18th March

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How Latin American is my Theory of Change?

A recent email exchange with Asa Cusack of the LSE’s Latin America and Caribbean Centre (plus the Latin American tone of this week’s posts – Mexican, Argentine and Venezuelan guests in one week must be some kind of record) triggered a bout of nostalgia about my early days travelling in and writing about Latin America (roughly […]

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Links I Liked

Everyday Sexism Bingo, ht Matthew Sherrington  Two posts on decolonising academia: African and Development Studies: Excellent from Laura Mann. And How Diverse is your Reading List? (Probably not very…) by Tin Hinane El Kadi ‘The Elders, a group of independent global leaders, is calling on the international community to agree on a rigorous governance framework […]

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