Development Nutshell: audio round-up (15m) of FP2P posts, w/b 25th April

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Invisible women: a story and podcast of Emergent Agency

Guest Post by Filippo Artuso and Barbara van Paassen, introducing a new episode on the People v Inequality podcast While many of us were living through the pandemic on interminable Zoom calls or watching Netflix, activists and changemakers around the world were finding new and innovative ways to respond to the pandemic. The curiosity to […]

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How do NGO staff and partners experience Adaptive Programming? Some impressive (and positive) new research

Still trying to recover from my minor dark night of the soul (more like a dark evening, really) on Adaptive Management, I was heartened by a new study from Christian Aid Ireland (CAI). The Difference Learning Makes: Factors that enable or inhibit adaptive programming is excellent,: well-written, encouraging, and probably warrants several posts. But attention […]

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A Great Overview of the past, present and future of War and the Humanitarian System

It feels a bit odd to be reviewing a book when you’ve just had breakfast with the author, but I finished reading Hugo Slim’s overview of the Humanitarian system and its future on the way to a workshop we are both delivering in Nairobi, so good to write it up while it’s still fresh. First, […]

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Links I Liked

The academic roller coaster. ht Jay van Bavel Two interesting posts on the slow demise of personal blogging. Tobias Denskus on Are personal #globaldev blogs a thing of the past? Mark Carrigan on ‘Are personal academic blogs a thing of the past? I’m starting to feel like the last of the Mohicans on this one…. […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (18m) of FP2P posts, w/b 18th April

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How do new Aid Initiatives pan out on the ground? A study of 4 new USAID approaches

Depressed by the zombification of Britain’s official aid system, I am looking further afield for inspiration/new thinking and came across this recent paper on a series of innovations at USAID. Larry Garber, Gretchen King and Karen Hirschfeld looked at 4 initiatives: co-creation; engaging new and non-traditional actors via the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI); convening power; […]

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The Shameful Implosion of UK Aid

I’ve been catching up on the news after a week away in Amman running the first pilot training session in our ‘Influencing for Senior Leaders’ course (huge fun, blogs to follow). Among the less enjoyable updates was the latest evidence for the wanton vandalism being inflicted on the UK’s aid programme. Two sets of contrasting […]

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21st century food riots

Guest post by Naomi Hossain & Patta Scott-Villiers In March FAO’s global food price index jumped by 17% to a level unprecedented in its 30-year history. The food riots predicted by the head of the World Trade Organization have already kicked off in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Deadly fuel riots in Peru, rising discontent in […]

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Development Nutshell: audio round-up (18m) of FP2P posts, w/b 11th April

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