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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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Development Nutshell: audio round-up (10m) of FP2P posts, w/b 25th January

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Imagining the world anew: the pandemic and gender equality

The pandemic has eroded women’s rights – but there is a way forward, says Nikki van der Gaag   2020 was not a good year for women’s rights. Women have borne the brunt of the effects of the pandemic, from home schooling to losing their jobs to domestic violence to a drop in girl’s education […]

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Right now, it feels like anything can derail everything, so are theories of change still useful?

Guest post from Oxfam’s Thomas Dunmore-Rodriguez Applying a theory of change approach is hard, and in the current context just got a whole lot harder. Theories of change tend to be abstract, intangible, and largely hypothetical, so given the unpredictability of the COVID-affected world, are they still useful for activists seeking to strategize for positive […]

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Why the Inequality Virus should be the talk of Davos this week

It’s Davos week again. Julie Seghers (Twitter @JulieSeghers) summarizes Oxfam’s new report. The 2021 Davos edition is pretty unusual. For the first time, the world’s rich and powerful aren’t flying their jets to the Swiss mountains, but are instead meeting online to chart a path out of a deadly pandemic and the worst economic recession […]

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Links I Liked

Oldie but Goodie: what academics say v what they mean Cause for celebration. The Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like blog is back! Ten humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2021 Peter Evans of FCDO has revealed unexpected talents as a cartoonist during lockdown, but is clearly short of subject matter, as he’s ended up […]

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Development Nutshell: audio round-up (12m) of FP2P posts, w/b 18th January

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Nothing to Learn from East Asia?

This post by Jomo Kwame Sundaram was first posted on the IPS website Covid-19 infection and death rates in the Western world and many developing countries in Asia and Latin America have long overtaken East Asia since the second quarter of 2020. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering prevailing Western accounts of the Asian financial crises, there have […]

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10 steps to Becoming a Successful Academic – the definitive guide

A rather wonderful twitter thread from Maarten van Smeden went viral recently, so I asked if we could bloggify it and he kindly agreed. Enjoy. How do I know how to become a successful academic? I don’t, but I have received plenty of advice. As a good academic, I will just summarize what I have […]

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The dangers of “policy-sising” social change

Christopher Choong Weng Wai is the Deputy Director of Research at Khazanah Research Institute in Malaysia and an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics. His research interest is in the everyday reproduction of poverty, inequalities and exclusion. He tweets at @chrischoongww. For those of us […]

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Links I Liked

LSE’s Cutting Edge Issues lecture series is back! The first lecture of 2021 will be with Ha Joon Chang on “Building Pro-Developmental Multilateralism” (Friday 22 January at 4pm GMT, streamed here). The rest of term is pretty good too….. Nic Cheeseman’s ‘Dictators’ post election playbook’. Uganda seems to be going for a full house ☹ […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (18m) of FP2P posts, w/b 11th January

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In Conversation on How Change Happens, Activism and Politics

On Wednesday I was subjected to a gruelling cross-examination on Life, the Universe and Everything (actually ‘How Change Happens’) for the entertainment of some Cambridge Accountancy students. Here’s some of the less embarrassing bits. Q: How do you stop yourself feeling overwhelmed by complexity? A: It’s only overwhelming if you think you’re ever going to […]

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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.