New and Old Power: A New Way to Understand and Cultivate Digitally-Mediated Activism, or Just Another Framework?

February 2, 2022
This is the first of a four-part blog series first published on Global Policy, which seeks to spark new ways of thinking about digitally-mediated activism. Written by two of my LSE students from last year’s cohort, Nina Newhouse and Charlie Batchelor, it uses Timms and Heimans’ New/Old Power framework to interrogate power: asking how activists can use the internet to

Thinking and working politically: What have we learned since 2013?

February 1, 2022
It’s always a red letter day when a new paper from Graham Teskey drops. His most recent is Thinking and working politically: What have we learned since 2013? For those that don’t know him, Graham is a consummate insider-outsider within the aid sector – long stints at DFID (UK), DFAT (Australia) and now Abt (Management Consultants). From this vantage point

Links I Liked

January 31, 2022
At what date will average UK persons’ 2022 emissions surpass annual emissions of other countries? Powerful number crunch/infographic on climate inequality from Euan Ritchie The Wordle craze is now spawning some (more) interesting mutuations (sorry, Covid language is hard to get away from these days). If you’re looking for a suitable timesuck, there’s an environmental version, c/o IIED, or try

Development Nutshell: round-up (20m) of FP2P posts, w/b 24th January

January 29, 2022
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The links between corruption and human rights – top new report from Transparency International

January 27, 2022
It appears to have turned into anti-corruption week on the blog (see Tuesday’s post on Heather Marquette’s work). Transparency International’s annual ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’ dropped the same day and makes an important link between corruption and human rights: ‘The 2021 CPI results show that countries with well-protected civil and political liberties generally control corruption better.’ Here’s the relevant section, which argues that

‘We the Helpers’. White Saviourism or a Smart Defence of Aid?

January 26, 2022
Got a very thought-provoking email from Romilly Greenhill at ONE Campaign over the weekend.  She was drawing my attention to the Aid Alliance, a group of NGOs (including Oxfam) working together to build public support for UK aid. This week it launched something called ‘We the Helpers’. Some thoughts: First the message: Aid is helping. ‘From aid workers to donors

What Heather Marquette is reading on Corruption, Crime & Conflict

January 25, 2022
Heather Marquette (occasional contributor to this blog) has started a new newsletter drawing on her work for SOC ACE – the Serious Organised Crime & Anti-Corruption Evidence programme (and sister programme to SOAS ACE and Global Integrity ACE) and lots more on corruption, organised crime, conflict, security, foreign policy and development.. The first two editions dropped this week, and here are some highlights (minus

Links I Liked

January 24, 2022
St George testing the dragon for Covid ht @ArtMemeLord Deaths vs. The Economy: An Unexpected Reversal. ‘assume that you do not know anything about how different countries have handled the pandemic so far and are given the following exam questions: there is a very rich country with a democratic government, and there is a significantly less rich country trying to

Development Nutshell: round-up (21m) of FP2P posts, w/b 17th January

January 22, 2022
and I’ve just noticed that I forgot to crosspost last week’s round-up from my podcast to here. Sorry about that, and if you have time to catch up, here it is:

Deconstructing this year’s Oxfam Davos report – what makes it so good?

January 20, 2022
I know this is the week of Blue Monday, when we are all supposed to feel at our most miserable, but I’m not feeling it – this is the time of year when I am proudest of working for Oxfam, because of its annual Davos report. For several years now, this has focussed on inequality, and I honestly think (though

Being a feminist academic in Pakistan, and why Open Access is necessary for decolonizing Academia. An interview with Ayesha Khan.

January 19, 2022
I sat down recently with Ayesha Khan, who works with the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi, Pakistan. She is author of The Women’s Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy (2018). Her FP2P post on that book is here. Here’s the podcast and below, a partial transcript. Enjoy. AK: Most of my professional life I’ve heard from detractors,

Davos, Inequality and Covid: Oxfam on Beating back the Billionaire Variant

January 18, 2022
It’s Davos time again, and here’s Oxfam’s Anthony Kamande introducing its latest blockbuster report. In the informal settlement area of Kawangware in Nairobi, my good friend Joe is quarantining in his small room after contracting COVID-19, for the second time now. He is a nurse in one of the private hospitals in the city. The contact-intensive nature of his job