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    Aid agency ex-staff are a huge wasted asset – Duncan Green on the value of alumni

Aid agency ex-staff are a huge wasted asset – Duncan Green on the value of alumni

I regularly hear from friends who have been cold called by their old university, seeking to extract money from them for the alma mater (apparently hungry current students are particularly convincing). That got me thinking – how come aid organizations don’t do more with their alumni? (Originally published on From Poverty to Power.) Because Exfam staff (as we call them) […]

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    From Poverty to Power: 5 trends that explain why civil society space is under assault around the world

From Poverty to Power: 5 trends that explain why civil society space is under assault around the world

Originally posted on From Poverty to Poverty, by Duncan Green. In the 1980s and 90s, civil society, and civil society organizations (CSOs) came to be seen as key players in development; aid donors and INGOs like Oxfam increasingly sought them out as partners. So the current global crackdown on ‘civil society space’ is particularly worrying – a major pillar of […]

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    Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

The Department is delighted to announce that it will host three public lectures by African nationals as part of its autumn events programme. More details are available below. Is Africa Rising? On October 12, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda. She will discuss the true nature of […]

July 28th, 2015|Events, Featured|0 Comments|

How can big aid organizations become Fit for the Future?

Duncan Green, Professor in Practice and senior strategic adviser for Oxfam, gets critical of international NGOs, prompting Oxfam’s Deputy CEO Penny Lawrence to issue a response. [Originally posted on ‘From Poverty to Power’] My navel-gazing paper on the future of INGOs and other big aid beasts came out last week. Here’s a summary I wrote for the Guardian. Thanks to […]

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    Africa’s Renewable Future – the Coming Energy Revolution

Africa’s Renewable Future – the Coming Energy Revolution

John Magrath, Oxfam researcher and renewable energy fan, celebrates a new report by Kofi Annan. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power [FP2P]) In Zimbabwe last week I was talking to a nurse at a rural health centre who described how the cost of two candles can be a matter of health or hunger, or even life or death. The […]

Duncan Green’s reflections on joining the Department as a Professor in Practice

Dr Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’, will be joining the Department of International Development in January 2015 as a ‘Professor in Practice’.

Read his thoughts on his new role, (and his first impressions of the department) on his Oxfam blog: ‘Measuring academic impact: discussion with my new colleagues at the LSE’.

Why doesn’t the UN do what we tell them to?

Rory Dillon – Development Management MSc 2012/2013  I have been wondering if our (the wider interested development community) remonstrations with UN agencies over how they could improve their projects have simply fallen on deaf ears. We have found these new approaches to measuring impact – randomised control trials or community participation – that would revolutionize the way they operated if […]