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    Want to empower women? Digital Financial Services are the way to go!

Want to empower women? Digital Financial Services are the way to go!

Sophie Romana (left) and Shelley Spencer (right) report back from the June 8 high levelroundtable organized by NetHope and USAID, which brought together mobile banking and gender champions to reflect on how Digital Financial Services (“DFS”) can galvanize women’s empowerment.

Women’s empowerment is often measured by their access to resources and ability to make decisions over how they are used.  Recent evidence […]

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    Great new guide to humanitarian campaigning – Duncan Green

Great new guide to humanitarian campaigning – Duncan Green

Just been browsing through a brilliant new Oxfam guide to humanitarian campaigning. A treasure trove of 110 pages crammed full of wisdom, experience and 32 case studies on everything from addressing tribal conflicts in Pakistan to gender responsive work with Syrian refugees to influencing Australia’s humanitarian policy.

And no sign of an executive summary. Sigh. To be fair, it would […]

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    Why do people flee their homes? The answers may surprise you

Why do people flee their homes? The answers may surprise you

Monday was World Refugee Day and a new UN report put the total number of ‘forcibly displaced’ at 65.3 million. Most of those remained within national boundaries (internally displaced). In a post originally published on the blog From Poverty to Power, Oxfam researcher John Magrath summarizes a recent study on the causes of internal displacement.

Why do people become displaced? That […]

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    Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

I heard econ rock star Thomas Piketty speak for the first time last week – hugely enjoyable. The occasion was the annual conference of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, with Piketty headlining. He was brilliant: original and funny, riffing off traditional France v Britain tensions, and reeling off memorable one liners: ‘meritocracy is a myth invented by winners’; […]

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    How Change Happens: a conversation with 25 top campaigners from around the world – Duncan Green

How Change Happens: a conversation with 25 top campaigners from around the world – Duncan Green

Spent an exhilarating morning last week with Oxfam’s ‘Campaigns and Advocacy Leadership Programme’. Must have been at least 20 nationalities in the room, with huge experience and wisdom. The topic was How Change Happens (what else).

To give you a flavour, here are some of the topics that came up, with my takes on them:

Is power a zero sum game, i.e. […]

Book Review: The Economics of Poverty by Martin Ravallion

In a post for From Poverty to Power, Oxfam inequality number cruncher Deborah Hardoon reviews The Economics of Poverty by Martin Ravallion. 

It’s hard to think of a better placed individual than Martin Ravallion to have written this book. Not only has he spent over 30 years working on poverty, including 24 years at the World Bank, but in 1990 it […]

LSE DESTIN Society Celebrates 7th Annual Industry Dinner

At the end of the Lent Term the DESTIN Society, the student society associated with the department of International Development, held their 7th Annual Industry Dinner. The aim of the evening was to promote dialogue between students, academics and professionals outside of the classroom. The event was held on a dinner cruise along the Thames, as 150 top-level NGO […]

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    Duncan Green: Fascinating new research on how food prices affect people’s lives and politics

Duncan Green: Fascinating new research on how food prices affect people’s lives and politics

LSE International Development Professor in Practice Duncan Green talks about the findings of Oxfam’s  Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project
One of the projects I was proudest of getting off the ground while in (nominal) charge of Oxfam’s research team was ‘Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility’, a four year study of the impact of the chaotic […]

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    Duncan Green: Book Review – Alex de Waal, “The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa”

Duncan Green: Book Review – Alex de Waal, “The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa”

There’s a balance to be struck in writing any non-fiction book. Narrative v information. How often do you return to the overarching storyline, the message of the book, the thing you want the reader to take away? How much information – facts, names, dates, events – do you include? Too much storyline, and the book feels flimsy. Too much […]

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    Tackling extreme poverty: In conversation with Robin Burgess

Tackling extreme poverty: In conversation with Robin Burgess

Following on from yesterday’s post by Duncan Green, below is an interview from the IGC blog, with one of the lead researchers behind the project, Robin Burgess.

Who are the ultra-poor and how can development policy address their particular needs? In today’s blog, Professor Robin Burgess discusses the results of a research project with the Bangladesh-based development NGO BRAC.
The World Bank […]