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From Poverty to Power

How active citizens and effective states can change the world

Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:22:27 +0000


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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:30:46 +0000

Last reminder to fill in the FP2P reader survey, which will help with our redesign and plans for next year. Closes 18th December All other rejection letters can step down. We have a winner. Summary of IMF findings on global inequalities: countries with the most health coverage suffer from a lower average life expectancy. Sub Saharan Africa would accrue largest gains by reducing disparities in ...

Why the disconnect between Aid and Buddhism in Myanmar?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:30:42 +0000

Back from Myanmar today, and still processing an intense week of conversations. Here’s a first instalment. A week in, I was struck by the gulf between the aid bubble and the deep religiosity of people throughout the country. So I dashed off this vlog on a weekend visit to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon. In it I make a few points: ...

How Data Analytics can Unlock the Knowledge in Development Organisations

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:30:26 +0000

Guest blog by Itai Mutemeri (@tyclimateguy) is Head of Analytics at London based Senca Research In September 2017, I headed up to the Oxfam head office in Oxford to present our research paper: Big Data Opportunities for Oxfam – Text Analytics. Like all good research titles, it’s a mouthful.  The paper explored the potential application of text analytics in response to Oxfam’s call for proposals ...

Vote now for the best/worst charity ads of 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:30:37 +0000

Every year, the ‘rusty radiator’ site runs a poll on the year’s best/worst aid agency ads. Let’s start with the good ones. My favourite has to be War Child’s batman video – very moving The others are a smart Save the Children US take on children and Christmas gifts, a very knowing Below the Line film on aid stereotypes and a human trafficking film that I can’t ...

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:33:39 +0000

I’m usually no fan of Private Eye, but this is great (click to expand) Open Access books are downloaded seven times more, cited 50% more, and mentioned online ten times more than non OA. Thinking Politically is the easy bit. It’s the Working Politically that is almost impossible. Really good summary of lessons from Lavinia Tyrrel & Graham Teskey Kate Raworth went down a storm ...

Looking at Adaptive Management in Myanmar – a quick video

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:30:02 +0000

I’m in Myanmar for a few days, taking a look at Pyoe Pin, a fascinating project often held up as a good example of Adaptive Management. Blogs to follow, but here’s a video preview

How Oxfam and Save changed US aid on local ownership: nice case study in influencing

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:30:10 +0000

I do love it when NGOs are taken by surprise in a good way – getting results in unexpected ways, rather than grinding through the plan. A neat example came up at Oxfam’s recent Evidence for Influencing conference. Here’s what happened. Oxfam America and Save the Children wanted to persuade USAID to do more on ‘local ownership’ of aid. It’s a bipartisan issue in the ...

What does the rapidly changing face of UK and global aid look like, and what is at stake? 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:30:19 +0000

Oxfam aid wonk Gideon Rabinowitz reads the tea leaves of the latest UK aid stats Anyone following aid discussions in recent years will have sensed the mood music changing. They have been increasingly dominated by an emphasis on economic development, the role of the private sector, securing results (including for taxpayers) and addressing donor strategic interests (e.g. in relation to migration). This contrasts somewhat with ...

Winning Ugly and Learning from the Bad Guys: Discussing How Change Happens with the Greens

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:30:34 +0000

Had an HCH session with some extremely smart wonks at the Green Alliance last week. I gave my standard talk, focussing on a ‘Power and Systems Approach’. This argues that for activism to be more in line with messy, emergent realities, activists need to change their way of working to give greater weight to: Curiosity – Study history and context; ‘learn to dance with the ...

A wonderful book by Jean Dreze, India’s Orwell

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:30:35 +0000

Notes from my talk at last week’s launch of Jean Drèze’s new book, Sense and Solidarity. Has anyone written Jean Drèze’s biography? If not, why not? A fascinating figure, surrounded by myths and legends (did he really sleep rough in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the square next to LSE, when he was a lecturer there?). He’s a wonderful writer who reminds me of George Orwell, with ...