Be Care-full. A poem for the times

October 14, 2023
“Be careful to separate people from the policies of their governments.  Be careful to separate people from the actions of terrorists who live among them. Be careful not to collapse history and context into narrow interpretation. Be careful not to eschew complexity and nuance for the sake of memeification.  Be careful to recognize that grief for one side does not mean hate for the other. Be careful to understand that support for one side does not
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Which book should I review next? You decide please!

October 10, 2023
My reviews pile has crept higher over the summer and is now becoming a bit of a health and safety issue. Reviewing books takes a lot of time, which I don’t have much of right now as term has started at the LSE. But FP2P readers often appreciate the reviews for the same reason – saves them reading the whole
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Links I Liked

October 9, 2023
When you’re dictating the live BBC blog on the Tory party conference and someone takes your breakfast order… Two excellent pieces from the New Humanitarian Aid agencies and politicians need to understand the political economy of camps for internally displaced people before sounding off about aid diversion. ‘Aid theft in Somalia is not what you think‘ ‘Like all ruling classes,
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Development Nutshell podcast. 27m roundup of posts for w/b 25th September and 2nd October

October 7, 2023
Links I Liked Finishing a 2nd Edition of How Change Happens – here are drafts of two new chapters for you to read. 5 Things we Learned from Evaluating the Impact of Research How Local Women Mobilizers Shaped Ukraine’s Invasion Response New Version of the free online ‘Make Change Happen’ course launched this week – check it outDo our LSE
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Links I Liked

September 25, 2023
They’ve got a point Twitter spirals on downward under Musk: ‘Musk says X will charge everyone to use the platform’. As a firm believer in Open Access, if twitter goes gated, I’m out – v upsetting given what a good experience it’s been up to now. If/when it happens, guess I’ll switch to Linked In for most interactions, so do
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Development Nutshell podcast. 22m roundup of posts for w/b 11th and 18th September

September 23, 2023
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Book Review: Power and Progress. Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity

September 14, 2023
I started reading Power and Progress in a fairly sceptical frame of mind, because I didn’t much like Why Nations Fail. But it won me over in the end, especially the final chapter on what to do about the current tech clusterfxck of AI, filter bubbles, mis- and disinformation, gig economy exploitation etc etc. Main message: Since roughly 1980, something
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Links I Liked

September 12, 2023
Did you have a relaxing summer holidays? Academic version. Ht PHDComics Often talk to my students about finding the right messenger for your campaign, not just focussing on the message. Here’s a nice Oxfam example: Millionaires (yes, really), economists, and eminent politicians implore the G20 to “tax the super-rich”. In an open letter, they call for a new international agreement
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Podcast. 24m roundup of posts for w/b 28th August and 4th September

September 9, 2023
Links I LikedWho Decides What Constitutes ‘Knowledge’ on Climate Change?Links I LikedThe World Order Seems to be in Turmoil – What’s Going on?How more Open Government can bolster USAID’s Localization Agenda 
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Links I Liked

September 4, 2023
Striking opinion poll in West Africa covered in The Economist, showing a high level of support for the Niger coup, and huge differences over trust in Russia (former colonial powers come out v badly). What can harnessing ‘positive deviance’ methods do for food security? Nice example from Niger (pre-coup) by Katrina Lane This is what the Internet is for: Adam
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Links I Liked

August 29, 2023
The FT’s John Burn Murdoch doing his amazing data thing again, this time to show just how bad urban transport is in the UK. This is so sad. I really love the India Club, right opposite LSE and now it’s closing because the landlord wants to cash in. Bah! Can AI help with the heavy lifting of research communications? Some
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Development Nutshell (22m). Audio roundup of blogs for w/b 14th and 21st August on From Poverty to Power

August 26, 2023
Top Student Blogs and Vlogs from my LSE Activism course:  Valerie Barki: Are you #ManEnoughToSnip? Jessica Louise: There’s a chicken in the desert!  Martin Caforio: Green to Go: The Better Way to Take Away Vlogs from Carlota Lopez, Debra Francis and Holly Ingram A historic global agreement on tax is under threat. Here’s why. Amazing new Resource Guide on Humanitarianism
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