The year when everything changed: Why the pandemic will be remembered as a turning-point

Signing off from a grim 2020 by reprinting this Christmas editorial from The Economist, which I found both thought-provoking and consoling. Warren Harding built a campaign for the presidential election in 1920 around his new word “normalcy”. It was an appeal to Americans’ supposed urge to forget the horrors of the first world war and the […]

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Three months in, how is the Emergent Agency in a Time of Covid project shaping up?

One of the bright spots in a generally crap year has been the Emergent Agency project. It emerged in the early weeks of the pandemic from a brief conversation with Armine Ishkanian, who runs the LSE’s Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) programme. Would Covid lead to new forms of grassroots organization? Wouldn’t […]

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How has the Pandemic Affected Civic Space? New Report

Guest post from Niranjan J. Nampoothiri, who has just started as the Research Assistant on the Emergent Agency in a time of Covid project. Delighted to be working with you, Niranjan!   I have been following the literature on Covid-19 and civic space for several months now. One report that I was excited about, the […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (14m) of FP2P posts, w/b 14th December

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How to decolonise International Development: some practical suggestions

Guest post by Lucy Morris & Andres Gomez de la Torre, who work for and with INGOs in different capacities (e.g. members of staff, trustee, consultant, etc). “If your conversation on this matter is not uncomfortable, you are not having the right conversation!” Recent developments around the world have rightly brought back old calls for […]

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Argentina introduces a Wealth Tax (aka ‘the Oxfam Tax’). Could this be the start of something big?

Asier Hernando Malax-Echevarria discusses what looks like an important advocacy win The Argentine Senate has just passed the ‘Solidarity and Extraordinary Contribution of Great Fortunes’ law, a one-off tax intended to help cover the costs of the COVID19 pandemic in a country where it has so far killed 40,000 people. The tax will pay for […]

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Gender, Power and Progress: How Norms Change

A very good paper on a fascinating and important topic, by Caroline Harper, Rachel Marcus, Rachel George, Sophia M. D’Angelo, Emma Samman, published by ODI and ALIGN. The research questions are ambitious: how gender norms have changed over the past quarter-century, what has supported and blocked changes to gender norms in a number of sectors, and how to ensure […]

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It’s Time to Invest for the 21st Century and Repurpose Humanitarian Bureaucracies

Glad to see humanitarian guru Hugo Slim is stepping up his blogging activity. This post first appeared on the ODI page In the run-up to Christmas the big humanitarian bureaucracies have been busy asking governments for money. UN OCHA has appealed for $35 billion for the UN-led humanitarian response in 2021 (to reach 235 million […]

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Links I Liked

Development speak: the gift that keeps giving COVID-19 as a ‘Critical Juncture’: A Scoping Review by John Twigg Why so many Syrian women get divorced when they move to western countries. Thought-provoking piece from Rola El-Husseini In 2015 Oxfam profiled 40 Sahrawi refugees 40 years after the Western Sahara conflict erupted. For Human Rights Day […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (16m) of FP2P posts, w/b 7th December

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