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A UN tax convention is finally in the making. Now what?

January 23, 2024
This post by Farida Bena (right) first appeared on the Kiliza blog A few months ago, I interviewed Abdul Muheet Chowdhary (below) from the South Centre to discuss the ongoing negotiations on a landmark United Nations tax agreement that is in the making. If approved by enough Member States, this global agreement – also called the UN Framework Convention on
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The Rise of ‘Trust-Based Philanthropy’ – aka Unconditional Cash Transfers to NGOs

January 18, 2024
Last week’s Economist had a really useful Special Report by Avantika Chilkoti on the evolving world of philanthropy. It highlighted the rise of what it calls ‘no strings giving’ or ‘trust-based philanthropy’, in which some v big donors have essentially adopted an institutional cash transfer approach: if organizations are doing good work, just sign the cheque and leave them to
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Corporate power is driving up inequality. This is how to make corporates work for the common good instead – this year’s Oxfam Davos report

January 15, 2024
Oxfam’s annual ‘Davos Report’ has become a bit of an institution. On the eve of this year’s megarich schmoozathon, Anthony Kamande introduces the main findings of the 2024 version. Full paper here. Last Christmas eve, my cousin Lucy came to my rural village. She needed some help. Lucy’s son had excelled in the national exams and was selected to join
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Claire Melamed on Data, Power and Sustainable Development

January 10, 2024
For this podcast, I sat down a few months ago to discuss data and development with Claire Melamed, who runs the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Apologies for delay, Claire – got caught up in internal traffic. Also apologies for length of this transcript – turns out 30m talking = 2 blog length pieces. Duncan: Like any good Englishman,
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What are the Grounds for Hope in a World of Wrecks?

January 8, 2024
The title is a line from Rebecca Solnit’s ‘Hope in the Dark’, which I read over Christmas as an antidote to the grimness of the daily news. It’s a beautifully written collection of her essays and, at 140 pages, mercifully short. In the afterword, Solnit explains: ‘This book was written for the encouragement of activists who share some of my
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Six big humanitarian policy trends for 2024

January 4, 2024
Irwin Loy and Will Worley have an excellent 2024 curtain raiser on The New Humanitarian, which is now by some distance my favourite aid blog. It’s a bit long by FP2P standards, so I’ve cut it down a bit: Money: Learning to do less with less  In 2023, humanitarians took a look in the mirror and admitted what everyone already knew: They don’t have
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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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How Blogs can Change Government Policy

December 19, 2023
Now the LSE term is over, I’ve been catching up with the backlog of The Economist and Prospect (my two print subscriptions). One Economist piece caught my eye – ‘How to Change the Policy of the British Government’. The answer is apparently….blogging! ‘To wangle £11bn ($14bn) out of the British government, it helps to write a blog post. “Full expensing”, which
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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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Some last minute Christmas book presents

December 15, 2023
Lucy Gray asked in comments for some recommended reads for last minute presents. Be careful what you wish for, but where to start? I picked 5 criteria for this completely personal selection: What emerges from these competing demands? I’ve grouped these 16 books v roughly into 5 thematic areas (with lots of overlap, obvs): Activism Bury the Chains: timeless classic
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