Duncan Green

Doughnut Economics: Towards an economic makeover

On Thursday 23 November 2017, the Department of International Development hosted Kate Raworth to talk about her best selling book Doughnut Economics. Kate captivated the audience by using story telling, dramatic images and humour in a bid to challenge what we know about economics. Professor in Economics, Oriana Bandiera, discussed the book whilst Professor in Practice, Duncan Green, chaired the event. 

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    ?Doughnut Economics: how to save the planet and still have growth

?Doughnut Economics: how to save the planet and still have growth

Professor Duncan Green gives us an insight into Doughnut Economics, and tells us why this popular book has the potential to make life sweeter. This article has been cross-posted (and slightly updated) from From Poverty to Power. 

Author, Kate Raworth, will be talking about her book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, on Thursday 23rd November at the LSE. Click here for […]

War and inequality

In this week’s The Economist (April 1st), a letter published  by Professor in Practice, Duncan Green, questions Walter Scheidel’s recent article (Apocalypse then: The lessons of violence and inequality through the ages) for the magazine that questions whether only catastrophe can truly reduce inequality.

Walter Scheidel is overly pessimistic in arguing that only catastrophic events really reduce inequality (“Apocalypse then”, March 4th). Using the […]

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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 […]