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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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Bad beer; Cancun Climate; aid competition v cartels; microfinance meltdown; your weekly fix of Hans Rosling: links I liked

Some great investigative research by Action Aid on corporate tax avoidance in Africa, in this case by beer giant SABMiller Handy summary c/o the Guardian’s John Vidal of the first week’s progress (or lack of it) at the Climate Change summit in Cancun (or if you prefer, the photo version) My best idea for getting climate […]

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So will Cancun deliver? Watch this space.

Robert Bailey is the Head of Economic Justice Policy at Oxfam. With the Cancun climate negotiations kicking off this week, and anticipating a flood of articles questioning the process, I was going to write a post in defence of the UNFCCC. However, it looks like lots of other people had the same idea. So I’ll […]

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Development debates in interesting times – is the Washington consensus on the way out or are free market solutions creeping back in?

Kirsty Hughes is the Head of  Oxfam’s Advocacy and Policy Team. Two years ago, as Lehman’s collapsed, the world economy fell into recession and the G20 surfaced as a prime ministerial-level outfit to stem the chaos, it looked as if one positive outcome, at least for the optimist, would be the end of the “Washington […]

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Climate Change links I liked: Adaptation – the Economist, the Guardian and some good news from Burkina Faso and Kenya; Indian environmentalism; extreme LDC weather; a tribunal in Bangladesh; and an Advisory Group that doesn't advise,

A random round-up of climate change links to coincide with this week’s UN gabfest in Cancún An excellent overview on climate change adaptation from The Economist. Favourite quote? ‘The best starting point for adaptation is to be rich’. “The environmental issue in India has been seen to be largely an upper-middle class elitist issue. I […]

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So where, in the eyes of the G20, is development really going?

Jasmine Burnley is Global Economic Crisis Adviser for Oxfam and has taken up the baton for this post in Duncan’s absence… Six short months ago, pundits didn’t hold out significant hope that the G20 would seriously tackle development. But the Korean government – hosts of the G20’s most recent bash in Seoul earlier this month […]

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Moslem countries are doing best at reducing hunger – why? What would a 'Mecca Consensus' on human development look like?

A few weeks ago, Dani Rodrik pointed out that while East Asia has topped the charts in recent decades on growth and poverty reduction, many of the best performing countries on human development are majority moslem, scattered across the Middle East and North Africa. I’ve just been reading IFPRI’s Global Hunger Index 2010, and the […]

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Do we complain too much?

Rob Bailey is a senior Oxfam policy adviser on food issues. Last week on his blog, Dani Rodrik took issue with Oxfam and the World Bank for not being balanced in communications about food prices. When they’re low, we complain. When they’re high (like they were in 2008, and may soon be again we complain. […]

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Accidental aid; Rodrik v Oxfam on food prices; Chinese obesity; disability and development; gender and the plough; British happiness and cartoon US-Chinese currency rap battles: links I liked

OK, I know I’m supposed to be taking a break, but I’m still reading stuff, so here’s this week’s round-up of links I liked, best wishes Duncan The accidental invention of foreign aid  Does Oxfam always complain about the downside, whether food prices are high or low and if so, is that a problem? Thought-provoking […]

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Twelve months to secure a Robin Hood Tax?

Max Lawson, Senior Policy Adviser at Oxfam, looks forward to an important year for taxing the financial sector. With the French now in charge of the G20, all eyes are on President Sarkozy to see whether he will press for a Robin Hood Tax on the financial sector to fund development and tackling climate change. […]

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I'm taking a blog break, but some new talent is arriving….

The idea of stopping blogging fills me with a disturbing mix of reluctance, relief and alarm at the impending withdrawal symptoms, but I have no choice. It’s getting on for two and a half years since I started this blog, and I’m taking a break, probably til the end of the year. The reason, as always, […]

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How can the global system manage scarcity?

Alex Evans is on a bit of a roll at the moment, with an excellent new paper on ‘Globalization and Scarcity: Multilateralism for a World with Limits’. It’s a great summary of the problems created by the threat of scarcity of food, land, water, energy, and ‘airspace’ (for greenhouse gas emissions). He confines his solutions […]

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World diets; moslem tigers; British aid policy; untranslatable words; good and bad biofuels; fractals and finance; shooting poverty: links I liked

How many people can the world support? Depends on their diet, says Lester Brown Dani Rodrik discusses why, when it comes to human development, the top ten performers are not dominated by the East Asian tigers, but my majority moslem countries, and not all of them big oil exporters. The Guardian’s Madeline Bunting thinks British […]

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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.