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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.

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Tunisian rap uprising; so you want to be an aid worker? Donate your fat: videos for the weekend

One video which inspires, and two which don’t ‘Although western audiences are still waiting for a reflowering of political music to capture the spirit of the times, in Africa it never went away’. Africa’s protest music is booming –  Tunisian rapper The General is just the tip of an inspiring iceberg.     ‘So you […]

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Want to avoid financial crises? Then reduce inequality, says the IMF

What are they putting in the water at the IMF these days? Following its recent advocacy of not one, but two new global taxes, a new IMF working paper by Michael Kumhof and Romain Ranciere links inequality with financial crises. “The United States experienced two major economic crises over the past century—the Great Depression starting […]

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What does the future hold for civil society organization?

I’ve been struggling to make sense of the changing landscape for civil society organizations, North and South, and could do with your help. Here are some initial thoughts, but please send in your own, plus useful references: One door opens, another shuts There are contradictory and ambiguous trends for civil society at national and global […]

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The Upside of High Food Prices

Nice pieces from agricultural economist Steve Wiggins on the ODI and Guardian blogs, which I quote at length, because I think it’s an important correction to the discussion on the current food price spike. ‘In 2008 developing countries, and poor people within them, were hit hard by the price spike in the international cereals market. Once […]

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Ivory Coast blog-battles; food riots; China's economy overtakes America; IMF is bad for health; Haiti anniversary; some other stuff: links I liked

Paul Collier’s suggestion that foreign governments should support a coup to resolve the standoff in the Ivory Coast, based on the arguments of his book ‘War, Guns and Votes’ has prompted a furore in the blogosphere, including some sharp satire from the Wronging Rights blog, as well as more serious discussion. More from Chris Blattman here and here. […]

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Rape is not the only story in the Congo

Emma Fanning is Oxfam’s protection manager in the DRC If you’ve been following the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently – and given its unchanging, grim headlines, it’s not surprising if you haven’t – the story has probably been about rape. Large scale, brutal, dehumanising rape. The Congo has been dubbed the « rape capital […]

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State of the World report 2011 – innovation but no politics

Yesterday the WorldWatch Institute launched its new State of the World 2011 report, (or at least the overview chapter, which is the only one I can find online – if people can point to an online downloadable version, please help me out here). The overall report website’s here, but as a confirmed techno-neanderthal, I found […]

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Does India need aid and if so, what kind?

Thought provoking piece on India and aid from Andy Sumner, whose paper showing that 72% of the world’s poor now live in middle income countries (MICs) caused a big stir last year. Andy has now become a contributor to the Global Dashboard blog. The UK is currently tying itself in knots over whether to give […]

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The food price crisis and the World Bank's blind spots

World Bank President Robert Zoellick, or at least his press team, responded promptly to last week’s concerns on a new food price spike with a comment piece in the FT. It’s fascinating as much for what is missing as for what is in there. On the plus side, Zoellick gives due priority to food as […]

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Haiti; South Sudan; China's 300 year eco-battle; anarchist histories of the state; who arms autocrats?; human rights imperialism; the world's most overpaid leaders: links I liked

Haiti and Sudan set to dominate the development news this week. For this week’s first anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Oxfam is reporting back on its own relief work and publishing a ‘plague on all your houses’ critique of the failings of both the Haitian government and aid donors. Guardian coverage of the latter here.  Plus […]

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Delivery, but where's the cash? Update on the Global Fund

Even though I’m back from my blogbreak, a few guest posts continued to come in from Oxfam policy wonks over the Christmas break. Here’s one from Mohga Kamal-Yanni  (see pic) Oxfam’s senior health & HIV policy advisor It has been a long journey for me from delivering babies on mud floors in a village in […]

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World food prices hit record high, so why no riots?

According to the Financial Times, the FAO has just reported that world food prices are now higher than their peak during the ‘food price crisis’ of 2008 (see graph). But the last spike was marked by riots in some 30 countries, global emergency meetings, new initiatives etc. Why is everything so quiet this time around? […]

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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.