How is the Syria situation changing on the ground, after 4 years of fighting?

Went to a fascinating briefing on Oxfam’s work in the Syria crisis last week, which set out the underlying trends and the evolving challenges for aid agencies, beyond the periodic TV news bang bang coverage.. The numbers are stark: Total of 18 million people in need of humanitarian assistance inside and outside Syria – including […]

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What kinds of women become leaders, and how can we support them?

Some of Oxfam’s most interesting work concerns women’s leadership – how to promote it, what impact it has etc. But what seems a convincing case study to me can be dismissed as an anecdote by a sceptic. For people wanting something more systematic, check out the ODI’s recent ‘Support to women and girls’ leadership: A […]

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How does Gender change the way we think about Power?

I can’t attend the next get together of the Thinking and Working Politically network in Bangkok next month because of a prior commitment to speak at DFID’s East Kilbride office (ah, the glamour of the aid biz….). Apart from missing out on the Thai food, it’s also a shame because they are focusing on an […]

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Links I Liked

Lots of people in Financing for Development mode in the run up to the Addis summit: Finance flows to Africa: From 1990-2012, total rose from $20bn to $120bn; Aid as % of total fell from 62% to 22% Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Silk Road Fund; BRICS Bank: how China is transforming global development finance UK […]

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Got any technical problems, glitches etc with this blog? If so, speak now

Dear FP2P readers, I gather you’ve had a few problems with stuff like sending comments, but now I have a keen new webmeister ready and eager to sort out glitches and improve the blog. To help him out, could you please feed back via the comments page (if you can), or twitter/email (dgreen[at]oxfam.org.uk) on: a) […]

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Is ‘give them land rights’ enough? Taking the temperature of the global land debate

A bunch of students and academics from Sheffield University had what sounds like a fun time at last week’s big global meeting on land. George Barrett, Yoshabel Durand, Tom Goodfellow, Vremudia Irikefe, Mikael Omstedt, Edward Searight, Julie Shi, Deborah Sporton and Nguyen Vo report back. Last week, dispersed among 700 participants at the International Land Coalition’s […]

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What do we know about the long-term legacy of aid programmes? Very little, so why not go and find out?

We talk a lot in the aid biz about wanting to achieve long-term impact, but most of the time, aid organizations work in a time bubble set by the duration of a project. We seldom go back a decade later and see what happened after we left. Why not? Everyone has their favourite story of […]

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Oh dear. Another unreadable European Report on Development. Good stats on finance (FFD) though.

Here I go again. Sorry. Europe is home to some of the world’s most interesting and innovative research and action on aid and development, littered with smart thinktanks, thoughtful academics, and reflective practitioners. So it would be great to create some kind of intellectual counterweight to the US-based dominance of the World Development Report and […]

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What can we learn from a great example of high speed policy response to the Nepal Earthquake?

For a while, I’ve been arguing that policy wonks need to grab the windows of opportunity created by shocks, scandals and crises, producing reactions, research and proposals in the immediate aftermath of such a ‘critical juncture’. For example, we know there are going to be floods in Somerset or Pakistan at some point in the […]

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Links I Liked

The only possible response is ‘thankyou to all involved’ for this wonderful pic (coming soon to a powerpoint near you) [h/t Damian Hughes] To end extreme poverty, we must also address extreme affluence.’ Advice from some dangerous radicals (aka faith leaders) on how to end poverty Economics is reinventing itself as an empirical discipline, argues […]

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