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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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Links I Liked

November 27, 2023
Oxfam got a lot of coverage for its new report (with the Guardian among others) on the links between economic and carbon inequality – i.e. the carbon footprints of the extreme rich. A cartoon strip from the wonderful First Dog on the Moon definitely helped. Whole strip here As did this powerful graphic from Mumbai ‘Something’s different about the reaction
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Development Nutshell, (20m). Audio roundup of blogs on From Poverty to Power, w/b 13th and 20th November

November 25, 2023
Links I Liked Voices of Gaza What do 70 Masters students from around the world want to campaign on? What to read on the new UK White Paper on International Development? What can we learn from looking at the overlaps between innovations in ways of doing research and neglected development issues?
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Links I Liked

November 13, 2023
Going from silly to deadly serious in descending order. Apologies for the jarring cognitive dissonance, but it’s an accurate reflection of my timeline these days. What’s your favourite band name from the 1978 Scarfolk Youth Indoctrination Festival? For Adam Sharp, it’s a three-way tie between Arrogant Sandwiches, Pavlov & the Dribblers, and Hitler Likes Twix ‘Can we change the world?
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Development Nutshell, bumper edition (30m). Audio roundup of October/November blogs so far on From Poverty to Power

November 11, 2023
Why did the Street Movements of the 2010s fail? What Tactics are most Effective in Non-Violent Protest? Think tanks are struggling. They need to change. Whoop Whoop. Just made a personal Webpage it’s super easy. RIP Saleemul Huq, a true climate hero Why a “humanitarian pause” or “humanitarian corridors” are simply not the answer in Gaza Pracademics: just a clunky
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RIP Saleemul Huq, a true climate hero

October 30, 2023
Over the weekend, the horrible news came through of the death at 71 of Saleemul Huq, a scientist and activist who attended every single global negotiation on climate change since 1992. Saleem was a lovely man, a remorseless but invariably polite campaigner for climate action, both as Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh
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Development Nutshell (22m). Audio roundup of From Poverty to Power posts wb 9th and 16th October

October 21, 2023
Links I LikedWhich book should I review next? You decide please!How do we talk about Older People in Development and Activism?Be Care-full. A poem for the timesLinks I LikedWill growth be enough to end poverty? New Projections of the UN Sustainable Development GoalsWhat would make an Atheist spend a day discussing Faith and Development?
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Will growth be enough to end poverty? New Projections of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

October 17, 2023
Guest post by Arief Anshory Yusuf, Zuzy Anna, Ahmad Komarulzaman and Andy Sumner Today, October 17th is the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (you already knew that, right?). In new analysis for UNU-WIDER, we assess progress towards the global poverty-related SDGs, specifically monetary poverty, undernutrition, child and maternal mortality, and access to clean water and basic sanitation.
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Links I Liked

October 16, 2023
Bit of good news out of India, for a change. On September 21st India’s parliament passed a bill reserving a third of the seats in its lower house and in state assemblies for women. Angus Deaton, Nobel Memorial Laureate, on the state of economics: “The time has come, Deaton argues, for economists to get back to serving society. ‘The discipline
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