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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Links I Liked

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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When Donors Collide: What Implications for Aid Accountability, Effectiveness and Strategy?

Guest post by Oliver Scanlan ‘Two donor agencies, alike in dignity, in fair Bangladesh, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean‘. [With Apologies to William Shakespeare/Romeo and Juliet] “You’re not doing it right,” has been the mantra of development academics when diagnosing the […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (14m) of FP2P posts, w/b 3rd May

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How research into Ebola secured a seat at the table of COVID-19 policy-making

In my third post on the impact of researchers at the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development, I talk to CPAID’s Melissa Parker about her ground-breaking work on Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak and how it helped her bring the ‘public authority’ lens into policy-making. When you send in the anthropologists, be ready for […]

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Eyes in the Sky for Community Development

Guest post by Kristina Zittel & Scott Guggenheim Earth observation (EO) with drone and satellite-based remote sensing enables the monitoring and assessment of the ever-changing natural and man-made environment in which we live. The most innovative community programs are already noting the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to enhance data collection, mapping, […]

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Links I Liked

Campaigning and the Church. Excellent reflection from ‘thoughtful campaigner’ Tom Baker (what does that make the other ones, I wonder?) Turning Covid guilt into action: ‘Right now, every single place approaching normality is guilty of a massive moral failure‘. This rang painfully true ht Ranil Dissanayake “What we’re calling on the government to do is […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (16m) of FP2P posts, w/b 26th April

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What do we know about Covid-related innovation in poor countries and should aid agencies get involved?

Bens Ramalingam and Kumpf have a thought-provoking new paper out on Covid-linked innovation in poor countries, and the lessons for aid donors. Here are some highlights, and a minor rant it inspired in me. The paper documents a range of fascinating innovations. Here’s a flavour: ‘Problem: A health official in a large city in India […]

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How an arts project created real-world impact for refugees and formerly displaced persons

Before you start on this post, a glitch in the matrix meant that yesterday’s post, on Covid-related innovation in poor countries, didn’t trigger the usual email notification. Catch up here. In my second post on the impact of researchers at the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development, I talk to CPAID’s Anna Macdonald […]

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