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This platform explores the latest thinking and action on international development, highlighting issues of power, politics, hope and justice. It is curated by Duncan Green and Maria Faciolince.

 

Latest Posts

What Might Africa Teach the World? Covid-19 and Ebola Virus Disease Compared

This is an edited-down version of a post by Paul Richards that first appeared yesterday on African Arguments, launching its promising new ‘Debating Ideas’ series. Covid-19 is a flu-like illness (symptoms include fever, cough, and breathing problems) caused by a corona virus (SARS CoV-2). Like Ebola, the virus causing Covid-19 circulates within populations of bats […]

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Why Abortion is becoming more available and safer around the world

If you were to buy just one issue of The Economist a year, the edition just before International Women’s Day is usually a good bet. Even though it seldom mentions IWD directly, the issue usually sneaks in some fascinating gender-based pieces (eg this 2017 article on gender budgeting). This year it ran pieces on femicide […]

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Highly Topical Book Review: Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, by Thomas Bollyky

If you want to step back and think more broadly about Coronavirus, the Universe and Everything, you could do worse than start with Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, by Thomas Bollyky, which combined a ‘germ’s eye view’ of human history with some powerful reflections on the challenges that face us over the coming decades. […]

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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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A new style of development reporting? Pope Francis’s love letter to the Amazon

Guest post by Séverine Deneulin On the 12th February, Pope Francis released Querida Amazonia, a poetic love letter to the Amazon region and its peoples, and from them to the whole world. The letter is one outcome of a gathering last October of 200 religious leaders working in the Amazon region, indigenous peoples and other […]

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How Change Happens within Government: A Masterclass from a Whitehall Veteran

I chaired a panel at LSE recently that included DFID lifer Phil Mason, who ran its Anti-Corruption Unit (reviewed here) after it was set up in 2000 by Clare Short. Phil had a big challenge – he had to persuade other Whitehall departments to get behind the idea, when they often had very different priorities. […]

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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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Things to read or listen to on International Women’s Day

Some recent-ish FP2P/Oxfam Posts and Podcasts: A recent Oxfam panel on Feminist leadership in the hardest places to be a woman, with Annie Kelly, Fenella Porter, Hala Al-Karib, Rasha Obaid, Preet Kaur Gill and Riya William Yuyada Can we Get Davos talking about the Care Economy and Feminist Economics? Caroline Sweetman on What’s special about feminist research? Njoki Njehu on inequality […]

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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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Duncan Green

Duncan is strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, author of ‘How Change Happens’ and Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics.

Maria Faciolince

Maria is an anthropologist, activist - researcher and multimedia communicator working with Oxfam GB.