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    What difference do remittances and migration make back home? Duncan Green selects from the Economist

What difference do remittances and migration make back home? Duncan Green selects from the Economist

Reading the Economist cover to cover is an illicit pleasure – it may be irritatingly smug and right wing, especially on anything about economic policy, but its coverage on international issues consistently goes way beyond standard news outlets. This week’s edition had everything from the changing face of Indian marriage to the spread of pedestrian and cycling schemes around the […]

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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    The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: “Important new book”, says Duncan Green

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: “Important new book”, says Duncan Green

Rosalind Eyben, Irene Guijt, Chris Roche and Cathy Shutt (eds.), The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules (Rugby: Practical Action Publishing, 2015). 234 pp. ISBN: 9781853398865 The results/value for money steamroller grinds on, with aid donors demanding more attention to measurement of impact. At first sight that’s a good thing – […]

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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 […]

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    Why is there no ‘Fundraisers Without Borders’? Big missing piece in development.

Why is there no ‘Fundraisers Without Borders’? Big missing piece in development.

There are an extraordinary number of ‘without borders’ organizations (see here, or an even longer list here) – every possible activity is catered for, from chemists to clowns (and that’s just the c’s). But one seems to be missing, and it may well be the most useful – why is there no ‘fundraisers without borders’? (Originally posted by Duncan Green […]

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    Have technology and globalization kicked away the ladder of ‘easy’ development? Dani Rodrik thinks so

Have technology and globalization kicked away the ladder of ‘easy’ development? Dani Rodrik thinks so

The visit of Dani Rodrik to present at the Arthur Lewis memorial event at LSE (with Professor Sir Paul Collier), and again at ODI, has been warmly received. Duncan Green shares a few reflections on one of his heroes, and suggests why there is merit in Rodrik’s bleaker outlook for the future. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power.) Dani […]

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    SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

18 months ago, Robert Wade found trade economists at UNCTAD to be wilfully sidestepping any mention of sustainability in discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, Duncan Green attempts to shake off his own scepticism about the post-2015 SDG process, finding some light (if little sun) at the end of the tunnel. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power.) […]

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 […]

Time to Bid Farewell to All-Male Panels?

Last week’s event for the Programme for African Leadership raised all sorts of questions and debates about ethics and guiding principles. But a separate issue of contention, which slipped out almost erroneously on the night (to the amusement of most), proves just as important. One of the speakers, Duncan Green, Professor in Practice at LSE and well known to our […]

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    Duncan Green / Owen Barder – Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves? The implications of complexity for development cooperation

Duncan Green / Owen Barder – Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves? The implications of complexity for development cooperation

LSE Professor in Practice Duncan Green asks Owen Barder, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and Visiting Professor in Practice, to expand on a lecture delivered to our Masters students in February about complexity and development. [Originally posted on fp2p.] Owen Barder gave a brilliant lecture on complexity and development to my LSE students earlier this year. (View […]