Topic: General

Links I Liked

Nice graph of advanced v emerging + developing economies, share of global GDP. Anyone fancy drawing a squid on this, to give Branko Milanovic’s elephant graph some competition? Speaking of Branko, here’s his gloriously written review of 15 authors’ attempts to chart a future for social democracy. The son of South Sudan’s President explaining how […]

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Audio Summary (7m) of this week’s posts on FP2P – now downloadable!

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One of my favourite stories of change: how an indigenous group won the rights to 1m hectares of land – and a new interview with an NGO person who supported them at the time

If you repeat the same story often enough, at some point you start to wonder if you’ve really just made it up, or at least embellished it beyond recognition. One such story, which I often tell at the start of a How Change Happens presentation, is about the Chiquitano Indians of Bolivia and their successful […]

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Links I Liked

Honestly, it really isn’t a ‘scary time’ for men. Thanks Lynzy Lab Stewart “Ninety-five percent of economics is common sense.” Ha-Joon Chang in the LSE student paper, on Brexit, trade and Kpop, after launching this year’s series of Friday afternoon guest lectures at the LSE. Details of top line up of future speakers here. It’s […]

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Audio summary (5m) of FP2P posts, week beginning 15th October, and a new FP2P podcast

Hi there, here’s my weekly audio round up of the week’s posts on @fp2p. The big news this week is that I now have a podcast channel (thanks to Amy Moran), where you can download these summaries along with this week’s first ever FP2P podcast – an interview with Oxfam Mexico’s Ricardo Fuentes about his […]

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Legal earthquakes and the struggle against Mining in Mexico

Second post from a great visit to Mexico last week to launch the Spanish language edition of How Change Happens. Few things get development folk fired up as much as mining. For many NGOs and grassroots organizations, not much has changed since the Conquistadores: mining is plunder. Given their long history in terms of pollution, […]

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Should aid workers and academics fly? Time to vote on the best approach, please.

Thea Hilhorst’s post has generated a lot of traffic and interest, so it’s time to push you a bit. We’ve come up with 9 statements reflecting different views of the relative importance of the issue, and the kinds of measures development workers and academics should take. You can select a maximum of 4 of these […]

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Audio summary (5m) of this week’s FP2P posts

Here’s your potted guide to this week on the blog. I’m just wrapping up in Mexico, and have some fascinating material on its current political transition, among other things, ready to turned into blog fodder. More on that next week.

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Links I Liked

US subtitler v Dr Who (who is from Huddersfield) Oxfam’s new ‘Make Change Happen’ MOOC (free online course) kicks off next week. Register here. Fox News TV presenter falls off chair. Colleague pretends nothing happened and goes into next segment. Weird. Adding formulaic pro-diversity statements to job ads actually reduces the number of applications from […]

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Audio round up of FP2P posts for week beginning 1st October (7 minutes)

Greetings from a sleeping Mexico City, where jetlag is the friend of productivity. Here’s my round up of the week’s posts. AMLO takes office on 1st December, not 1st September as I mistakenly say in the intro – maybe jetlag isn’t that great after all….

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Dr Pangloss and Mr Ludd: Stefan Dercon revisits Technology and Development

Stefan Dercon of the Blavatnik School of Government introduces two new reports. Am I alone? Was I the only one who could not believe it when the World Development Report 2016 said that 85 per cent of jobs in Ethiopia could disappear due to automation? Am I also the only one who sighs when a […]

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Links I Liked

Whatever the eventual decision, some images of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings are indelible – like the expressions on the faces of the women behind him…… I’m heading to Mexico this week to launch How Change Happens in Spanish (Como Ocurren los Cambios). Will stick up links to events as I get them. Enjoyed talking to […]

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