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Snouts in the pharma trough. Covid has created 9 new pharma billionaires, yet we’re failing to vaccinate billions of people. Covid vaccines, funded by public cash, should be first and foremost a global public good. Oxfam. Relative support of left and right leaning parties by education and income in the 1970s and 2010s. Short version […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (12m) of FP2P posts, w/b 17th May

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What Brits Say v What They Mean, now with author credit

Got a very exciting email yesterday (yes, it does happen). One of the most-read posts on this blog over the years has been the table ‘What Brits say v What they mean’, which I first published in 2011. A colleague had pinged it over, and I was frustratingly unable to locate the original source. I […]

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It’s often easier to have policy impact with research on a ‘new issue’, but proving it is just as hard

Next up in my series of interviews on the real-world influence of researchers at the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development, I explore the impact of Claire Elder’s work on Somalia, which raises a whole host of issues around how research can influence policy and practice: How the act of researching for a PhD […]

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Global Covid death toll 3 times higher than the usual stats suggest, and much more skewed towards poor countries

Some really important number crunching in The Economist this week. They have built an estimate of the number of ‘excess deaths’ worldwide – that is mortality above the pre-Covid average. This gives you a more accurate picture of how many people have died, because so many Covid deaths are not recorded as pandemic-related (whether because […]

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First a small announcement. I’m trying to dig into the impact of UK aid cuts. I’d love to talk to insiders re how partner govts are reacting; any suggestions of a strategy behind what look like random cuts. In confidence if you’d prefer. You know what to do. Geek out over the falling price of […]

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Development Nutshell: audio round-up (14m) of FP2P posts, w/b 10th May

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What is happening in Colombia? New roots and familiar responses to national protests

One of my LSE activism students asked if she could highlight the horrible response to popular protests currently going on in her native Colombia. Guest post by Daniela Duran  and Lorenzo Uribe   Colombia is entering its third week of protests and, although a lot of what is happening is new to the country, the […]

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How scandals and crises create opportunities for Research Impact

Next up in my series of interviews on the real-world influence of researchers at the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development, I explore the impact of Ryan O’Byrne and Charles Ogeno’s work on how South Sudanese refugees in Uganda understand and interact with refugee camp authorities, and how they engage with those authorities when […]

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The case for the Oxford Comma seems pretty overwhelming (and always makes me laugh). Ht David Bell Branko Milanovic is writing some lovely stuff at the moment: Marx in Amerika: musing about whether Marxism is relevant to today’s very different brand of US capitalism Can you have a boring life and be a first-rate social […]

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