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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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No explanation needed for this, tweeted by the Martin Luther King Jr Centre More Africa-specific thinking on Covid: Epidemics and Social Observation: Why Africa Needs a Different Approach to Covid-19. Brilliant from ebol-anthropologist Paul Richards.  africanarguments.org/2020/06/01/epi This 5 point plan by Clement Sefa-nyarko for how to design a more suitable Covid response in different African countries […]

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Development Nutshell: audio round-up (11 mins) of FP2P posts, w/b 1 June

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Thinking and working politically with technology: State of the art meets art of the state

Guest post by Gopa Thampi and Nicola Nixon of The Asia Foundation Why is the much-heralded promise of the data revolution not accelerating development in the way we expected? Why is the incredibly rapid rise of new data sources and methods of analysis paradoxically out of sync with its broader social impacts? No easy answers, […]

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How can Covid-19 be the catalyst to decolonise development research?

Guest post by Melanie Pinet and Carmen Leon-Himmelstine of the ODI Covid-19 is an unprecedented moment, halting life as we know it. For the global development community, the effects have been profound. Several NGOs have had to scale back or completely stop their operations overseas, while local actors and civil society are rapidly organising to respond to […]

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Beyond the Western Gaze: How should we talk about Covid and Africa?

This brilliant post by George Kibala Bauer was first published on the Africa is a Country blog We all know the feeling—we read an article by a Western pundit, or listen to a broad-brushing intervention on everything that is wrong with Africa, and we feel the need to put the Westerner and their underlying worldview […]

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Power in the Pandemic: food, farming and coronavirus in the Philippines

Throughout the upcoming weeks and months, Power Shifts is partnering with the Oxfam in Depth podcast to share the experiences of people living through the Coronavirus outbreak in our new Power in the Pandemic podcast. We’ll be hearing from people across the world as they tell us how COVID-19 is affecting their lives and how their communities are organizing to tackle […]

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Links I Liked

Sorry to start with a downer, but things in my country are looking really bad right now. The UK has suffered the second-highest rate of deaths from thecoronavirus pandemic after Spain, according to excess mortality figures, say the FT number crunchers. 60,000 in total. Not a great leveller: UK Covid deaths v housing overcrowding, by […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up of FP2P posts, w/b 25th May

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Take the FP2P Coronaquiz!

So you think you know about Covid and Development? Prove it! It’s Friday, and in an effort to stop week and weekend all blurring into one amorphous blob, let’s take a break from heavy duty analysis. Here’s a Coronavirus quiz (with a development-y angle, obvs) to test if you’ve been paying attention to the news […]

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What are the weak signals of Covid-driven transformation, and will we hear them?

The Covid pandemic is bound to be a game-changing critical juncture for some issues in some places – maybe in all places, who knows. But what kind of transformations and how soon will we know? The problem with detecting these kinds of ‘weak signals’ is that our heads and organizations are already full of noise […]

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Can we understand COVID-19 fast enough – and well enough – to make a difference?

Guest post by Lavinia Tyrrel, Linda Kelly, Chris Roche and Elisabeth Jackson In Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez plays on the themes of love and passion, comparing them to a plague like cholera. Referring to the two lovers in the story he notes “…if they had learned anything together, it was […]

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Links I Liked (mainly Covid, natch)

ICYMI, put this wonderful post by Robert Chambers up yesterday afternoon. Humour, Postcolonial Irony and Covid-19 in Africa, by David Mwambari and Laura S Martin Serious about shifting norms as a pathway to change? Why Sesame Street Was a Revolutionary Force for Children’s Television ht Ranil Dissayanake What if some African governments are doing a […]

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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.