How Aid has helped Pakistan’s Women’s Movement achieve Political Breakthroughs

October 16, 2018
Guest post from Ayesha Khan of the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi Do aid dollars help or hinder the women’s movement? In Pakistan, there are advocates of both points of view. I believe that my recent research as part of the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme has gathered enough evidence to settle it: there is a
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What can Positive Deviance reveal about gender and social change?

October 15, 2018
Today is the UN International Day for Rural Women, so here are Patti Petesch (left), Shelley Feldman (near right) and Lone Badstue (far right) to introduce some really interesting new research on what works. What can a Positive Deviance approach add to our understanding of gender equality in rural villages? To find out we analysed a sample of 79 villages in 17 countries and
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I need a survival guide for conferences. Anyone got one?

October 11, 2018
I go to quite a few academic conferences and to be honest, they sometimes make me fear for my sanity. Mood swings; weird rages against people (OK, men) who insist on stating the blindingly obvious at great length, in obscure academic jargon; a twitchy need to check emails and twitter feed every few minutes; sudden enthusiasms and exhaustions. I seem to
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Putting Gender into Political Economy Analysis: why it matters and how to do it

October 11, 2018
Guest post by Emily Brown of Oxfam GB (left), and Rebecca Haines (right) and Tam O’Neil of CARE International UK. For many development professionals, political economy has become the gold standard of foundational analysis for programming. It helps us to understand how power and resources are distributed in a society or sector and is important for ensuring our programmes and campaigns
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How Bring Back Our Girls went from hashtag to social movement, while rejecting funding from donors

October 10, 2018
Ayo Ojebode, of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, introduces his new research on a fascinating social movement, part of the Action for Empowerment and Accountability research programme In a world where movements appear and fizzle out just as they are getting started, Nigeria’s Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement is an exception. Meant to be a one-day march in 2014,
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Some governments are stepping up on inequality – new Oxfam global index launched today

October 9, 2018
Guest post from Max Lawson, Oxfam’s Head of Inequality Policy  I am generally a positive kind of person. It is something Duncan and I have in common.  But I must admit, keeping an optimistic outlook can be quite hard in these dark days.  The seemingly ever-larger gap between rich and poor. The rise of racism, sexism and fascism in the
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Links I Liked

October 8, 2018
US subtitler v Dr Who (who is from Huddersfield) Oxfam’s new ‘Make Change Happen’ MOOC (free online course) kicks off next week. Register here. Fox News TV presenter falls off chair. Colleague pretends nothing happened and goes into next segment. Weird. Adding formulaic pro-diversity statements to job ads actually reduces the number of applications from minority groups. Other approaches like
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Whither Large International Non-Governmental Organisations? Smart new paper.

October 5, 2018
I’m glad to see Penny Lawrence, an Oxfam big cheese for 12 years before she resigned so publicly last February, has been busy reflecting and talking to other leaders (and me) about how large lumbering INGOs need to change. She has put together a useful paper on the topic (a source of endless fascination to INGOs, maybe not so much to
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Dr Pangloss and Mr Ludd: Stefan Dercon revisits Technology and Development

October 4, 2018
Stefan Dercon of the Blavatnik School of Government introduces two new reports. Am I alone? Was I the only one who could not believe it when the World Development Report 2016 said that 85 per cent of jobs in Ethiopia could disappear due to automation? Am I also the only one who sighs when a young entrepreneur claims the app
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Which Devspeak horror words topped the poll + some v interesting comment threads

October 3, 2018
It was only intended as a bit of Friday fun, but last week’s post on which devspeak words you would most like to ban generated such interesting comments that it warrants a follow up. First up, the people have spoken. After 500 votes, ‘beneficiaries’ and ‘the field’ are the clear joint winners in the hall of devspeak shame, well ahead
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Book Review: Peter Frase, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

October 2, 2018
I’ve never been a big fan of scenario planning. When I’ve done it in the past, it’s usually involved a bunch of former oil and gas planners asking a group of people to identify big trends (which often boil down to what they’ve read in the FT/Economist that week) and then processing them into a set of four plausible, but
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Links I Liked

October 1, 2018
Whatever the eventual decision, some images of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings are indelible – like the expressions on the faces of the women behind him…… I’m heading to Mexico this week to launch How Change Happens in Spanish (Como Ocurren los Cambios). Will stick up links to events as I get them. Enjoyed talking to Frank News about what constitutes
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