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Religion and COVID-19: Four Lessons from the Ebola experience

Guest post from Katherine Marshall, Olivia Wilkinson and Dave Robinson Ebola and COVID-19, two devastating infectious diseases that spread rapidly through populations, crossing boundaries of all sorts, put local, national, and international health systems to crucial tests. They also try religious communities, locally and globally. We are learning vital lessons from both experiences. First, religion […]

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#PowerShifts Resources: Care in a Time of Corona

I’m on my 16th day of official Coronavirus lockdown. Since day 1, I’ve been seeing a welcome revival of all sorts of virtual conversations, resources and inspiring quotes about care. But here’s the thing: most of them focus on self-care rituals, yoga, mindfulness, and exercise regimes –  the ‘well-being complex’ and ‘wellness industry’ at our […]

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Time to Choose Your Favourite Coronavirus Songs. So far…..

Sod it. I know these are horrible times for everyone out there, but the Covid-19 pandemic is producing some fine music videos, and anyway, Eurovision has been cancelled and we could probably all do with a laugh or some inspiration (or both), so please welcome Coronavision…. Firstly, when I tweeted and asked for people’s favourites, […]

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Links I Liked, Covid Edition

CAD: Corona Attention Deficit. Is it a thing? Certainly feels like it – my aim this week is to stop endlessly browsing social media and take advantage of lockdown to get stuck into some serious reading. In the meantime, here are some of the fruits of my twitchy social media-hopping…… Coronaviral: the best memes, tweets […]

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Development Nutshell: Audio Summary of FP2P Posts, w/b 16th March

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Links I Liked

Only one topic really, isn’t there? Anne Marie Darling turns graphs (for geeks) into cats (for everyone, except dog lovers, and they don’t count). She’s a PhD epidemiologist, btw. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health are offering a free on-line course (MOOC) on Covid 19 – they are world leaders. Starts week of March […]

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Development Nutshell: roundup of FP2P posts w/b 8th March

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Singapore: the politics of taking sand to make land

Madhumitha Ardhanari is a 2019-20 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics. She has worked as a sustainability strategist and futures researcher at Forum for the Future, and has five years of experience coaching businesses and organisations to adapt to long-term sustainability challenges. Until six months […]

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Links I Liked

Fancy some good news on an epidemic? DRC: Last Ebola patient discharged with end of outbreak in sight. Check out Oxfam’s Make Change Happen MOOC (free online course), now in its 4th outing. Hundreds of great activists worldwide swapping stories and sharpening ideas. Why did this UN ad irk women aid workers? ←←← No words […]

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Development Nutshell: Audio Summary of FP2P posts, fortnight beginning 24th Feb

Bumper crop this week, so 22 minutes of me summing up

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After 30 years of negotiations, where next on the climate crisis? In conversation with Saleemul Huq.

I sat down recently with Saleemul Huq, a scientist and activist who has attended every single global negotiation on climate change since 1992. Saleem is Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh and Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) in London. We discussed the […]

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Could Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum help us have a more grown-up conversation about aid?

This post got a lot of help from Severine Deneulin – thanks! I get a bit frustrated with the conversation on aid – too often, we seem to be expected to pick one of two equally unappealing camps: ‘all aid is bad’ v ‘all aid is good’. People tend to land on a single issue […]

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