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Gloria Steinem’s memoir. Dark days. ht Lucy Prebble. The People vs Inequality podcast joined forces with Oxfam for a miniseries highlighting four inspiring stories from the ‘Emergent Agency in a Time of COVID-19’ project. All the episodes here I’ll have what he’s having. ht Uncle Duke Max Lawson responds to Noah Smith’s recent criticisms of […]

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“We have already spent everything we had in our own wallets”: How international aid is failing Ukrainian responders – and what to do about it

Abby Stoddard, Paul Harvey and Tonia Thomas present new research from Humanitarian Outcomes, supported by the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub (UKHIH). Full report here. Over 100 days have passed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine sparked a massive humanitarian crisis along with an outpouring of international generosity in the form of aid contributions. So why […]

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Is behavioural economics (aka nudge theory) blocking the path to progress?

There’s been an upsurge in recent decades in tackling problems by trying to change the behaviour of individuals – behavioural economics, nudge theory and a proliferation of government ‘nudge units’. Now two disillusioned proponents, Nick Chater and George Loewenstein, have written an important critique of the whole thing, contrasting what they call the ‘i (individual) […]

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Brief history of physics ht @sunny and Richard C. Some interesting stuff on aid this week: ‘If you look at the bigger picture of change, aid has been close to irrelevant’. Stefan Dercon rattling cages about his new book. But surely aid still matters for things other than ‘big picture’ growth, like helping in crises, […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (20m) of FP2P posts, w/b 6th June

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From our local Jubilee street party. Neat (if unintended) summary of state of union, monarchy, hangovers…. What if Putin’s true goals are different? Branko Milanovic wonders if the West is playing into Putin’s hands, by building a ‘new iron curtain’. A country-by-country guide to worsening drought in the Horn of Africa. (Actually, drought + war, […]

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Promoting anti-racist narratives in development sector research

The IIED’s Natalie Lartey explores common challenges in tackling racial bias in the storytelling that underpins international development research and identifies opportunities for change. Storytelling in the aid and development sectors has for many years been criticised for perpetuating racial stereotypes and bias. In the main, this critique has focused on public affairs content from big […]

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How structural racism shows up in peacebuilding, from new Peace Direct report ht Shuna Keen How Not to End Mass Starvation. Alex de Waal argues it’s no use asking for money if you ignore conflict and war Lot of Aussie friends are VERY excited about Penny Wong, their new Foreign/Aid Minister ‘The UK has a […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (22m) of FP2P posts, w/b 23rd May

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Mainly visuals this week: Pfizer profits. Nuff said. Branko Milanovic on Amartya Sen’s “Home in the World: A Memoir” – one of those reviews that makes you want to buy the book (instead of being an alternative to buying it) glineq.blogspot.com/2022/05/the-ma… Leadership tips from James Timpson. Especially the last 3. Here’s everyone who has ever […]

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