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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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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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Climate revisionism; land grabs in Mali; animated African history; Malawi fertilisers cont'd; access to information – reality, hype and risks: links I liked

Some interesting revisionism on the climate change negotiations. ‘Soon it will be China pressuring the rest of the world for a strong binding treaty on climate change.’ Matthew Lockwood explores the shifting dynamics in the negotiations. Was the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit really such a disaster? Depends which hemisphere you’re in, according to Saleemul Huq: […]

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Everything's amazing and nobody's happy; the coolest thing ever; Christmas and Darth Vader in the canteen: signing off for Christmas with some youtube uplift

Back from my (semi) blog break just in time to say thanks and goodbye to the guest bloggers (what did you think of them? Do you want more guest posts in the future?) and sign off for Christmas/New Year with a few youtubes – please add your own favourites Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy [h/t […]

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How fertiliser subsidies have transformed Malawi

Max Lawson is Head of Development Finance and Public Services for Oxfam GB When I lived in Malawi in 2002, the outlook was bleak. The received wisdom was that Malawi had a structural food deficit and for the foreseeable future would face periodic famines and chronic food insecurity. Our humanitarian department was thinking of setting […]

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What does wikileaks say on Fragile States? Don't rely on climate science. Where's the energy revolution? 1931's predictions for 2011. Digital nativity: links I liked

Can’t keep up with the wikitorrent? As time goes on, people are going to start processing the leaks and pulling them together into different overall analyses. Here’s a good example from Foreign Policy magazine – what do the wikileaks cables tell us about failed and fragile states like Sudan, Somalia or Zimbabwe? Fascinating. A damning […]

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Freedom from fear: Protecting people from one of the world’s most brutal rebel groups

Maya Mailer, Humanitarian and Conflict Policy Advisor Across central Africa, men, women and children live in fear of the Lord’s Resistance Army. This predatory group attacks women as they perform their daily tasks – fetching water or tending to their fields – and children returning from school. It abducts, mutilates, rapes and kills, using extreme […]

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Global leadership on poverty: the preliminary verdict on 2010

Stephen Hale is Oxfam International Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director. It’s just two weeks until the New Year, and the onslaught of articles looking back at 2010. Journalists everywhere will be filing these pieces now so that they can escape for Christmas. So I thought I’d beat the rush and provide something for them to […]

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De-Development in Gaza

Kirsty Hughes is Head of Oxfam GB Advocacy and Policy Team In a week when US efforts to promote peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have collapsed, an optimistic way ahead to a political deal looks hard to see. But visiting the Occupied Palestinian Territories in November, including two days in Gaza, underlined for me […]

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Migration and disability as development issues; Mogadishu's first tourist; Latin American attitudes; the Hans Rosling show; climate change makes you cry: links I liked

Two cinderella issues in development: Owen Barder tells it like it is (or should be) on migration. But he probably wasn’t thinking of Somalia’s first tourist [h/t wronging rights]).  More on disability, this time from the UN: ‘Over 650 million people in the world have a disability; they make up approximately 10% of the world’s […]

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When energy comes to a Senegalese village, do people get more healthy, wealthy and wise?

John Magrath is an Oxfam researcher currently working on renewable energy Hats off to Sarah Best for her recent post on energy and in particular, for highlighting the excellent new Practical Action report, Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2010. I’ve been delving into energy issues too lately. I’ve just come back from Senegal, where I was trying […]

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The reality of climate change: floods, migration and nostalgia – guest blog from Bangladesh

What’s the point of running a blog if you can’t indulge in a little nepotism? Last year, I went with my son Finlay (18) to visit Bangladesh and look at the impact of climate change: rising sea levels are leading to ever-greater damage from the region’s cyclones, as we saw in the community of Koyra […]

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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.