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A (tough) love letter to the Open Movement

March 27, 2024
Guest post from Warren Krafchik and Peter Evans The ‘Open Movement’ is 20 years old. This reflection is written with love – one of us was deeply involved from the start, the other a fellow traveller looking from the sidelines. Tough love from firm friends, if you will. As we wrote, the think piece got bouncier and longer as it
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RIP Father Frans von Hoff – the co-founder of the Fairtrade Movement

March 11, 2024
Guest post from Kelly Hawrylyshyn, Head of Global Resource Mobilization at Fairtrade International; and Harriet Lamb (CEO WRAP, former CEO of Fairtrade International & Fairtrade Foundation UK) On February 13th, the Fair Trade movement mourned the passing away of the liberation-theology worker-priest,  Father Frans von der Hoff,  the co-founder of a global movement that now generates over €8 billion in
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GELI Stories – How to get Early Childhood Development into the SDGs (with a bit of help from Shakira)

March 6, 2024
In the fourth of this series of podcasts with UN and other aid leaders making change happen on the frontline, I talked to UNICEF’s Pia Britto about how she and a group of colleagues managed to include Early Childhood Development in the SDGs.  Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa · GELI Stories – Pia Brito on getting Early Childhood Development into
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Development Nutshell, (30m). Audio roundup of February blogs on From Poverty to Power

March 2, 2024
GELI Stories: –          Building Coalitions between UN Agencies and Government Ministries in Eswatini –          Working in closed and informal political spaces like Eritrea  4 posts on future of UK Aid under Labour: –          Two from Andy Sumner of Kings –          Options for UK Aid: DFID survivor
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GELI Stories – How to influence in closed Political Systems like Eritrea

March 1, 2024
In the third of this series of podcasts with UN and other aid leaders making change happen on the frontline, I talked to OCHA’s Vincent Omuga about the challenges of working in closed and informal political spaces like Eritrea (although I think his experiences are probably much more widely applicable) Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa · GELI Stories – Vincent
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Development Nutshell, bumper edition (28m). Audio roundup of (selected) January/February blogs on From Poverty to Power

February 17, 2024
How Blogs can Change Government Policy Six big humanitarian policy trends for 2024 What are the Grounds for Hope in a World of Wrecks? The Rise of ‘Trust-Based Philanthropy’ – aka Unconditional Cash Transfers to NGOs Is Poverty Porn a thing of the past? Yes and No
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GELI Stories – Seizing a Chance Meeting with Iran’s President to Unblock Food Shipments

February 13, 2024
One of the best things about the course I give on ‘Influencing for Senior Leaders: Analysis, Strategy, and Practice’ is the anecdotes from the participants, who are working in the most difficult of circumstances and often achieve amazing results. So recently I started recording some of them to come up with a series of ‘GELI Stories’ (GELI is the name
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Christmas/New Year Links I Liked

January 3, 2024
Looking back on 2023: Oxfam’s top policy reads from 2023 Not good – global progress stalled in 2012: Some Christmas geek humour: I am a morning person, which really annoys the family, especially when hangovers are involved. Another case for the Oxford comma: The weirdness that is the the UK New Year’s Honour List, given the Marsh Family treatment And
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Have a great break, see you in 2024

December 20, 2023
OK, that’s me done for the year. Off to gorge on mince pies and family dysfunction. See you next year. ht Richard Cunliffe for the cartoon. I mean – gold, frankincense and myrrh. What’s with that?
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Links I Liked

December 18, 2023
Some COP 28 links. First a nice ‘killer graphic’ on the paltry funds being pledged for loss and damage, ht Loss and Damage Collaboration (L&DC) And the best wrap up I’ve seen so far: ‘COP 28: neither a triumph nor a disaster, so let’s just crack on’ from Simon Maxwell Harrowing: ‘What can I do?’: Reflections of a Gaza aid
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Development Nutshell (19m): Audio roundup of last few posts on From Poverty to Power, November and December

December 16, 2023
Links I Liked UN Women makes Norm Change central to its mission What’s it like Explaining NGOs to Senior Military types from 40 Countries? Feminist Climate Justice – what is it and how could it help? Mia Mottley on Slavery, Poverty, George Floyd, Climate and the Future of the World Some last minute Christmas book presents
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Mia Mottley on Slavery, Poverty, George Floyd, Climate and the Future of the World

December 14, 2023
I was lucky enough to attend the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley’s extraordinary speech at LSE last week (Video here or audio file here). Props to outgoing Oxfam CEO Danny Sriskandarajah and whoever else from Oxfam was involved in pulling it together, along with the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute, who hosted. It was jaw-dropping for both the performance, interweaving
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