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    What Does the Rise of Populism Mean for International Development?

What Does the Rise of Populism Mean for International Development?

Graduate student, Shahrukh Wani, examines how the rise in populism has affected the development sector, and suggests ways of moving forward. 

We live in interesting times. Few of us had the foresight to predict that a billionaire real estate developer would become the face of an anti-elite crusade, an Eton and Oxford educated parliamentarian would attack aid to the world’s poorest, and […]

Is it time we challenge richness?

Jovan Johnson, MSc Development Management student, reflects on a recent Beveridge 2.0 public lecture: The Challenge of Richness? Rethinking the Giant of Poverty, and questions whether it’s time we debate wealth and the concept of being rich. 

Could we, at some point, witness the remarkable event of the world’s rich lining streets in protests on ‘why they are being targeted’? They probably […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Monitoring and Evaluation in complex development and why it matters

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Monitoring and Evaluation in complex development and why it matters

MSc African Development student, Kayla de Fleuriot, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by visiting lecturer Claire Hutchings, head of programme quality for Oxfam Great Britain, about the crucial role M&E plays in International Development.

Claire Hutching brought us into her realm of work, as the head of programme quality for Oxfam Great Britain, introducing us to the pioneering methods […]

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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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    Visiting Professor Kevin Watkins Appointed Chief Executive of Save The Children UK

Visiting Professor Kevin Watkins Appointed Chief Executive of Save The Children UK

Kevin Watkins, one of the world’s leading thinkers on international development, has been appointed Chief Executive of Save the Children UK.

He will take up his position on the 28th September.

Kevin joins Save the Children after a three-year term as the Executive Director of the influential UK think tank, the Overseas Development Institute.

Prior to this, his 30 year career has […]

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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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    Africa is rising – but for whom? Winnie Byanyima captivates a full house at LSE

Africa is rising – but for whom? Winnie Byanyima captivates a full house at LSE

Times are changing, and so too must charities. After 75 years in Oxford, Oxfam International will soon be relocating its headquarters to Nairobi, the charity’s executive director Winnie Byanyima announced last night.   Addressing a sold-out Old Theatre, Ms Byanyima spoke about her experience growing up in Uganda and the problems that still beset the continent, before announcing that the […]

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