Parliamentarians argue that the UK’s unfair visa system for African applicants isn’t fit for purpose; African lives are measured in fighting UK visa rejections (gonna just keep linking to these pieces until the UK takes action)
British climate politics – this time it’s different (but the same). Good news – Matthew Lockwood is back up on the Political Climate blog – always a must read.
Theory of Change v Theory of Action: What’s the difference and why does it matter? Admirable clarity from Lavinia Tyrrel of Abt Associates
Great scheme. The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. Nominations open 15th August. Ht David Sasaki
Kate Meagher’s award-winning field research debunks western narratives that taxing the informal sector increases voice. In Northern Nigeria, it’s the exact opposite: ‘The history of taxation in many parts of Africa has been more about popular oppression than political voice’
This was disturbing. Friday was the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution (see top) and ensuing counter-attack by the US government, and yet I found myself feeling nostalgic for when a US Republican president could talk like this