Development Nutshell: audio round-up (18m) of FP2P posts, w/b 25th October

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Case Studies of sophisticated humanitarian influencing, based on a comprehensive context and power analysis – do they exist? If so, where are they?!

I’m doing some work for the UN, putting together a training package on ‘humanitarian influencing’. As you might expect, I’m advocating the use of PEA/context analysis, power analysis etc – see attached slides for my basic narrative. But when it comes to case studies, I am flummoxed. There are lots of examples in other bits […]

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A Unique Fly-on-the-Wall Account of What’s Happening on the Ground in Myanmar

Regular FP2P readers will know by now that I’ve been following Myanmar quite a lot, and some of the conversations have been both interesting and of much broader relevance. Recently I had a call with some researchers who adapted governance diaries work first to the pandemic, and then to the coup. Diaries involve local researchers […]

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Do you want to get serious about the Care Economy? If so, read this (and if not, why not?)

Amber Parkes, Anam Parvez Butt, Marion Sharples and Vivian Schwarz-Blum talks us through an important new advocacy tool – the Care Policy Scorecard Everything gets a rating these days: apps, hotels, Uber journeys. And everyone wants that five-star rating. But what about government policies that affect people’s lives? What if we could rate them too, […]

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Want a secret sauce to increase the readership for your next book by a factor of at least 10? Here it is.

Finding myself having a repeat conversation with a number of different colleagues is usually a sign that a blogpost is warranted. In recent months I have had a series of chats with people either planning or already well into writing a book. The conversation usually goes something like this: Me: have you thought about Open […]

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Links I Liked

Reporting. Any resemblance to the aid sector is purely accidental. The UK’s leading (or at least biggest) supermarket, Tesco, has published new commitments on living wages for its banana producers as well as a gender target as part of the implementation of their gender strategy. Top influencing from Oxfam private sector team and allies. UK […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (16m) of FP2P posts, w/b 18th October

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Transformative change: how can we get it and when?

In their final instalment on Oxfam’s Inspiring Radically Better Futures project, Irene Guijt and Ruth Mayne summarize the main findings. We thank the inspired, courageous and determined people involved in the Inspiring Better Futures case studies who have shown that radically better futures are within reach. Many people around the world have generously given their […]

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How can we create an evidence base for hope?

In their second post on Oxfam’s Inspiring Futures project, Irene Guijt and Ruth Mayne nerd out on the methodology. If hope is stronger when anchored in evidence, what does it take to create that evidence base? There were plenty of head scratching moments involved in answering our main question: What evidence exists that transformative and […]

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An Evidence Base for Hope – a new research project

Irene Guijt and Ruth Mayne introduce ‘Inspiring Radically Better Futures’, a new Oxfam research programme. With COP26 looming, everyone is hoping again. We hope that world leaders will make the bold decisions needed to reduce the scale of inevitable climate change. But what Sarah Palin once memorably called ‘that hopey changey stuff’ has gotten a […]

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