Topic: General

New improved Make Change Happen: free online course for activists goes live in March

I spent a lot of time before Christmas following and commenting on Oxfam’s new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course – keep up) on ‘Making Change Happen’. A lot of time because there were so many comments (from about 3,000 participants) and they were so interesting. Now the MOOC is coming round for its second outing, […]

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Links I Liked

Branko Milanovic: ‘It cannot be said that Europe is currently politically uninteresting.’  ‘Yo get these guys off a subway & onto broadway cuz this is lit’ Qasim Rashid Feminist solutions to man-made economic inequality Good news on the Ebola vaccine from Congo: “the evidence the WHO has been gathering in North Kivu — where nearly […]

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Summary of FP2P posts, week beginning 21st January (8m)

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What have we learned about Empowerment and Accountability in fragile/violent places?

For the past few years I’ve been one of Oxfam’s researchers in the Action for Empowerment and Accountability programme, studying how E&A function in fragile, conflict and violence-affected settings (FCVAS) – a more exact category than ‘Fragile/Conflict States’, which recognizes that it’s not always whole countries that are fragile/violent. This week we had a brainstorm […]

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How has Oxfam’s approach to Influencing evolved over the last 75 years? New paper

Oxfam has just published a reflection on how its approach to ‘influencing’ has evolved since its foundation in 1942. Written by Ruth Mayne, Chris Stalker, Andrew Wells-Dang and Rodrigo Barahona, it’s stuffed full of enlightening case studies and should be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how INGOs developed their current interest in […]

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Audio Summary (6m) of FP2P posts, week beginning 14th January

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What Brits say v What they mean: a handy translation guide

The BBC was kind enough to link to one of my posts this weekend – cue big bump in traffic. Unsurprisingly, it was not some worthy discussion of adaptive management, or research for impact, but a funny: A handy guide for our fellow Europeans, and others trying to fathom weaselly Brit-speak, first published in 2011. […]

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Links I Liked

Back to work. And some people are lucky enough to feel like this airline worker, who danced on the tarmac to cheer up a crying kid. Others look more like the cartoon, right. Guess I’m a bit of both. In London and in need of brain food? New World Disorders, a week-long series of LSE […]

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Audio summary (8m) of FP2P posts for week beginning 7th January

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Who Are the World’s Poor? New overview from CGD

Guest post from Gisela Robles and Andy Sumner It sounds like a simple question: Who are the world’s poor? Farmers, right? Well, yes, but not only.  In a new CGD working paper, Gisela Robles and I take a closer look at the data on global poverty to answer this question in finer detail. We find that […]

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2018 FP2P report back: stats; most-read posts and some big plans for 2019

Hi everyone, Happy New Year and all that. Thought I’d kick off with the usual feedback post on last year’s blog stats: According to Google Analytics, overall reader stats for 2018 were: 328,887 ‘unique visitors’ – not quite the same as ‘different readers’ – if you read the blog on your PC, laptop and mobile, […]

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Audio summary (8m) of FP2P posts, week beginning 17th December

And that’s me done for 2018 – see you next year!

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