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Deconstructing this year’s Oxfam Davos report – what makes it so good?

I know this is the week of Blue Monday, when we are all supposed to feel at our most miserable, but I’m not feeling it – this is the time of year when I am proudest of working for Oxfam, because of its annual Davos report. For several years now, this has focussed on inequality, […]

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Davos, Inequality and Covid: Oxfam on Beating back the Billionaire Variant

It’s Davos time again, and here’s Oxfam’s Anthony Kamande introducing its latest blockbuster report. In the informal settlement area of Kawangware in Nairobi, my good friend Joe is quarantining in his small room after contracting COVID-19, for the second time now. He is a nurse in one of the private hospitals in the city. The […]

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Academic Publishers, nailed. ht Pierre Lindenbaum Why the military intervene in African democracies. Often not just unrest but the last of ‘four stages of the autocratic regime cycle’. The removal of Al-Bashir, Mugabe etc ‘rather than a direct consequence of mass protests and economic downturns, was the culmination of ripened factionalism’. Interesting pattern-spotting from Andrea […]

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Who is helping protest movements engage with Policy Makers (and is that a good idea)?

A researcher got in touch this week to interview me for a scoping study for a funder that wants ‘to explore whether and how philanthropic actors can support movements as they move from political disruption to shaping political processes and outcomes… to identify gaps, and ultimately, to design a programme that complements existing projects.’ Firstly, […]

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How to Monitor Political Context – some practical advice

I’ve been chatting to Johan Eldebo at World Vision about its work on adaptive management/systems thinking. WV is the 1000lb gorilla of INGOs – four times bigger in terms of income than Oxfam, last time I looked, and does some really interesting thinking in this area, especially in humanitarian response, where things are often chaotic […]

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What does Governance look like ‘from below’?: great methodology; snappy format; fascinating findings; exemplary writing – please read.

The Action for Empowerment and Accountability research programme (covered regularly on this blog) is drawing to a close in a welter of research papers summarizing their findings. I was particularly taken with the one from the ‘Governance at the Margins’ team, both because of the format and the content. Here’s the link (sorry, forgot it […]

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The world’s wealthiest people, whose fortunes already strained comprehension, collectively gained $1 trillion last year, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. It’s the smiles that get you…. ‘For lots of people, the nuts & bolts of practical political action can often be daunting. Which is why @galdemzine is launching our brand new ‘How To’ series – […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (21m) of FP2P posts, w/b 3rd January

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Why understanding the history of Donor Governments changes the way we think about aid

Back in the day, when I was doing advocacy on trade and globalization, I was struck by the extent to which the underlying assumptions of International NGOs resembled those of their governments – the liberal Anglo-Saxons targeted European subsidies, or northern tariffs, both of which they argued damaged southern producers. The French and Germans often […]

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This made me feel ancient Bad news on multiple fronts from the aid and development sector. ‘The Government of India’s decision to refuse renewal of Oxfam India’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration will severely affect the ongoing humanitarian & social work in 16 states across the country.’ From Save the Children: ‘With profound sadness we […]

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