Featured image for “Links I Liked”

Links I Liked

November 29, 2021
When you die unexpectedly. Early example of texting from a British churchyard ht No Context Brits WHO to assess new highly mutated Covid-19 variant as countries ramp up health checks. More evidence, as if it were needed, that turning poor countries into a giant Covid petri dish by ignoring vaccine equity is going to rebound on everyone. Paradigm shifts in
Read more >>
Featured image for “Development Nutshell: round-up (20m) of FP2P posts, w/b 15th and 22nd November”

Development Nutshell: round-up (20m) of FP2P posts, w/b 15th and 22nd November

November 27, 2021
No excerpt
Read more >>
Featured image for “30 years and counting: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in our COVID-19 world”

30 years and counting: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in our COVID-19 world

November 26, 2021
Amina Hersi, Charlotte Becker and Florence Ogola introduce Oxfam’s new paper on the ‘dual crises’ of Covid and GBV. First published on the Oxfam International blog. Women, girls, trans and non-binary people have always faced the horrific and sometimes lethal consequences of gender-based violence in our societies, throughout history, in all countries, and in all walks of life. Even before
Read more >>
Featured image for “How do you Measure the Impact of Influencing (and ask some v useful questions en route)?”

How do you Measure the Impact of Influencing (and ask some v useful questions en route)?

November 25, 2021
MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning) is a lot more interesting than it sounds. Done badly, it can amount to little more than bean-counting to satisfy the donor, of little value to the actual programme or people who are supposed to benefit. But done well, it raises all sorts of really important questions about how the programme/project is designed, early enough
Read more >>

The Changing Face of Aid

November 24, 2021
The World Bank just released a monster number crunch on the changing face of aid. ‘A Changing Landscape: Trends in official financial flows and the aid architecture’ covers ‘all private and public sector financing to developing countries’ up to the end of 2019 (aka the eve of the pandemic). Here are the main findings, with my attempts at a commentary
Read more >>

Making Change: What Works? Lessons from four successful movements

November 23, 2021
Making Change: What Works? is a smart new report from IPPR and the Runnymede Trust, drawing lessons from some of the most effective campaigns of recent years. Although it is UK focussed, there’s lots to chew on for activists everywhere. Here’s the exec sum, which mercifully, didn’t even need an edit. Movements change the world. Throughout history, loosely organised networks
Read more >>
Featured image for “Links I Liked”

Links I Liked

November 22, 2021
COPping out. Not going to get into the ‘cup one fifth full/four fifth empty’ debate on Glasgow (oops, too late), but here are some other takes. My favourite placard was this quote from Chico Mendes, although ‘keep Glasgow cold’ came a close second (ht Nicholas Colloff) Alex Evans and George Monbiot set out the two sides of the classic leftist
Read more >>
Featured image for “Getting into the Politics of why (some) Governance Programmes work”

Getting into the Politics of why (some) Governance Programmes work

November 19, 2021
Laure-Hélène Piron and Sam Waldock reflect on some of the unexpected lessons of 20 years of UK-funded (total £276.5m) governance programmes in Nigeria. See the summary report and Duncan’s summary of the summary.  ODI/Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership research found sustainable improvements in some dimensions of governance and service delivery in four Northern Nigerian states. We wanted to push a
Read more >>
Featured image for “The climate movement we need right now”

The climate movement we need right now

November 18, 2021
Alex Evans is one of the most thoughtful campaigners in the UK (see this FP2P review of his book, The Myth Gap). Here he is reflecting on the aftermath of the Glasgow climate summit on his Larger Us blog (I’ve made a few cuts to the original to get it a bit closer to blog length). With Glasgow done and
Read more >>
Featured image for “Links I Liked”

Links I Liked

November 8, 2021
First the unavoidable COP-out: Must be a metaphor for something, just can’t quite put my finger on it…. Superb backgrounder on the last (first?) 30 years of climate negotiations from Geoffrey Lean (whose twitter bio says he’s the ‘World’s longest-serving (50 yrs) environment journo’). Carbon inequality: in 2030 world’s richest 1% will have per capita consumption emissions 30 times higher
Read more >>
Featured image for “Development Nutshell: round-up (20m) of FP2P posts, w/b 1st November”

Development Nutshell: round-up (20m) of FP2P posts, w/b 1st November

November 6, 2021
No excerpt
Read more >>
Featured image for “What’s stopping aid from putting local people and organizations first? Answers from a global conversation”

What’s stopping aid from putting local people and organizations first? Answers from a global conversation

November 4, 2021
Guest post from Courtenay Cabot-Venton The world is currently at an inflection point that could enable the transformation of aid for developing countries. The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the withdrawal of most international staff across the globe, has opened up space for more honest conversations around racism and the decolonization
Read more >>