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Development Nutshell: round-up (21m) of FP2P posts in June

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Should it matter if Research findings are surprising/new?

Had an interesting exchange recently during a launch webinar for the new IDS report, Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid. The headline finding is: ‘The pandemic brought the suspension of many fundamental freedoms in the name of the public good, providing cover for a deepening of authoritarian tendencies but also spurring widespread civic […]

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Sorry for recent hiccups on FP2P – here’s what’s happening

Forget last week’s website crash at Amazon or the Guardian, what about FP2P? Not sure if any of you noticed but recently, anyone trying to access this blog got an alarming message saying ‘ ‘Forbidden You don’t have permission to access this resource.’ Yikes. Since then, the techies have been assessing the damage. Turns out […]

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What sort of UK aid programme is emerging after the cuts?

  Last week I posted a bit of a rant about UK aid cuts. The next day, Ranil Dissanayake had a piece on CGD’s blog looking at what kind of post-cuts aid programme is emerging under the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). It’s brilliant, so I asked to post an abridged version (the original […]

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Doing anti-corruption democratically

  Despite almost 30 years of the global anti-corruption agenda, something is clearly not working. Preparing for this week’s special session of the General Assembly against corruption, the UN has recognized that ‘it has become increasingly clear that measures taken to prevent corruption have been insufficient’. In a new paper for the Westminster Foundation for […]

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Links I Liked

How to track the national mood? Welcome to the ‘fxckometer’ – ‘number of posts containing the word (or FFS) on Mumsnet’. Turns out it’s highly correlated to school closures. Brilliant and funny from The Economist. Tobacco killed almost 8 million people in 2019 (about the same as the global Covid death toll so far) according […]

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Links I Liked

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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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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