Topic: General

Does Strategic Planning Make a Difference?

Blimey, here’s a blogpost from former Oxfam GB boss Mark Goldring, written in response to a tweet of mine, repeated below. Pleased to see that someone takes my social media seriously. “’@Oxfam’s published its evaluation of its 2013-19 Strategic Plan. Some +ves: ‘one lesson rises to the top: we must learn how to continuously test […]

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How do we liberate agriculture and development from academic preferences?

Charles Dhewa is a knowledge management specialist working at the intersection of formal and informal agricultural markets. The organisation he founded, Knowledge Transfer Africa, has set up a fluid knowledge and information platform called eMKambo, which tracks trends and ensures agricultural value chains are driven by knowledge, technology and innovation. Between key informants and literature […]

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How to survive in an Open Plan office and other Links I Liked

How you behave depends on where you sit (or is it vice versa?). Love this guide to parliamentary seating arrangements in different countries from The Economist Anxiety is rising over Ebola in DRC, with 4 cases confirmed in Goma (pop 2 million) and chaos as Rwanda briefly closed the border there. Amy Daffe of MercyCorps […]

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Audio round-up (7m) of this week’s FP2P posts

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

Final instalment from my amazing LSE students. Wednesday and Thursday’s 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 […]

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How to Analyse stories of Change: could you help sharpen up these guidelines?

This week, I’ll be highlighting some of the great work on activism and change from my LSE students. First up, could you comment on this draft paper please? Explanation below: Case studies are a crucial means of understanding how the world changes and informing our work as activists. Simplistic case studies reduce complex realities to […]

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Where’s United Kingston? And other Links I Liked

Did anyone notice the UK got a new Prime Minister last week? What’s Boris Johnson saying on aid and development, eg will he bring an end to DfID? And Ivanka Trump nails that warm, special relationship feeling. The LSE’s International Inequalities Institute is on a roll. First up bringing in Branko Milanovic as Centennial Professor […]

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Audio summary (8m) of FP2P content, week beginning 22nd July

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Some humour to lighten the gloom

Don’t know about you, but watching the daily news isn’t much fun these days (nor is the weather/climate), and this week in particular, I am sorely in need of light relief. There was even a riot at my local swimming pool yesterday. So back to the abandoned series of ‘Friday funnies’: here’s a few previous […]

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We’re 3 months into trying to change up/decolonize FP2P. How are we doing?

We recently spent some time reviewing the first 3 months of #PowerShifts, the new iteration of FP2P, aimed at transforming its messengers, messages and formats over the next two years. The project is in the hands of Maria Faciolince, a Colombian-Antillean anthropologist and activist, supported by Oxfam’s Amy Moran (if you’ve noticed an improvement in […]

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Theory of Change v Action and other Links I Liked

Parliamentarians argue that the UK’s unfair visa system for African applicants isn’t fit for purpose; African lives are measured in fighting UK visa rejections (gonna just keep linking to these pieces until the UK takes action) British climate politics – this time it’s different (but the same). Good news – Matthew Lockwood is back up […]

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Is Africa facing its second debt crisis? What are the solutions?

Guest post from Jaime Atienza of Oxfam Intermon Here we go again. Though different to their “first debt crisis”, which was incubated in the 80s, hit in the 90s and was resolved (partly) in the 2000s, the situation is again profoundly uphill for a growing number of African countries: in 2019 their debt repayments as […]

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