Topic: General

The Four Magic Words of Development, by Tom Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher

This guest post comes from Thomas Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Tufts University, drawing from their new paper Accountability, Transparency, Participation, and Inclusion: A New Development Consensus? The penultimate para in particular got me thinking about the different tribes present at the recent Doing Development Differently event. If […]

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Let’s all eat cake: The terrible inefficiency of inequality

Alex Cobham, of the Center for Global Development (@alexcobham), welcomes Oxfam’s new inequality campaign, argues for making inequality a core part of the post-2015 framework, and comes over all French Revolution on wealth registers and cake (the eating of). International acceptance of stark economic inequalities reflects a grand political failure. A failure that locks in the […]

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Why campaigning on fossil fuels is not just Greenpeace’s job, and how the development community needs to get it right

Guest post from Hannah Stoddart, currently managing Oxfam’s advocacy and influencing in Rwanda (but normally Head of Policy, Food and Climate Justice at Oxfam GB) Last week Oxfam launched its first ever report condemning the fossil fuel industry as the main barrier to action on climate change. Oxfam joins a growing movement that recognises that […]

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Even it Up: Big global campaign on inequality launched today

Today Oxfam launches Even It Up, its big new inequality campaign. For me, the most striking killer fact from the launch report: ‘The number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis, as inequality spirals out of control. In the same period, at least a million mothers have died in childbirth due to a lack […]

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Doing Development Differently: Report back from two mind-blowing days at Harvard

Spent an intense two days at Harvard last week, taking part in a ‘Doing Development Differently’ (DDD) seminar, hosted by Matt Andrews, who runs Harvard’s ‘Building State Capability’ programme and ODI. About 40 participants, a mixture of multilaterals and donors (big World Bank contingent), consultants and project design and implementation people, and a couple of (more […]

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Links I liked

I’m off on holiday this week, and even it rains, that at least means I can escape from the irritation of wall to wall Russell Brand for a bit. Meanwhile, for those of you condemned to work on a Monday morning, here’s the highlights of last week’s tweets (don’t worry, nothing about RB). And blog […]

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An authorial moment

This has never happened to me before (sadly), so I thought it was worth recording. And anyway, I’m a suffering author right now, so please indulge me. She was sitting 3 rows in front of me on the bus from Oxford down to London. Dangly earrings. Cool leather jacket. Handbag probably fashionable (I wouldn’t know). […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex: why sexual satisfaction & pleasure should be on the international development agenda

This guest post is by Chloe Safier (@chloelenas), Regional Gender Lead for Oxfam in Southern Africa, with thoughtful contributions from Marc Wegerif I was sitting at dinner with my Oxfam colleagues on a Sunday night, just before a country strategy meeting. Over grilled fish and cokes, I mentioned an article I’d seen recently in the Guardian […]

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How Soap Operas and cable TV promote women’s rights and family planning

Taking a break from the How Change Happens book this week to head off to Harvard for a Matt Andrews/ODI seminar on ‘Doing Development Differently’ + a day at Oxfam America on Friday. Will report back, I’m sure. Meanwhile, I’ve just finished the draft chapter on the power of social norms, and how they change […]

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Links I liked

To lure you away from your Monday morning tasks, we’ll start this roundup of last week’s top @fp2p tweets with some good news Get a life: a new paper shows that the harder you work, the fatter you get. To which Claire Melamed replied, ‘so if we get lazier we get thinner? win-win!’ (caution, file […]

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From transactional to transformational: thinking about the future of Social Accountability. Twaweza guest post.

Varja Lipovsek & Ben Taylor of Twaweza, one of my favourite accountability NGOs, read the tea leaves on the future of their field In the private rooms of the Royal Society in London, under the stern gaze of Isaac Newton, the World Bank, DFID, ODI and a handful of others gathered recently to discuss an […]

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Is doing something about inequality a choice between bash the rich v tackling poverty? Some thoughts for Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day, and we’re all supposed to blog about inequality. Ricardo Fuentes (Oxfam Head of Research) & his team are even marking the day by kicking off a new inequality-themed blog, Mind the Gap – check it out. I’ve already done my more general call to arms for BAD, so here’s something more in […]

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