News and Views

20 May
2019

Old Problems and New Opportunities in Technical Assistance Provision – Marcus Cox & Gemma Norrington-Davies

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Technical assistance (TA) has been part of development practice since the decolonisation period, and has grown into a global industry, worth as much as US$40 billion annually. In a recent study for the Open Society Foundations, Technical assistance: New thinking on an old problem, we explored the track record of TA, which is defined as [...]

12 May
2019

Climate citizen assemblies: Taking the rebellion mainstream – Lucy Stone

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This article is the second in a series on climate change by the Agulhas Climate Change Unit. More articles in the series can be found on the News and Views page.  The UK public are now more worried about climate change than they have ever been. A recent poll by BEIS showed that 80% were concerned [...]

1 May
2019

Extinction Rebellion, it’s political! – Hiba Ahmad

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This article is the first in a series on climate change by the Agulhas Climate Change Unit. Check back on the News and Views page for more forthcoming articles in the series. Extinction Rebellion (XR), a people-led movement with presence over much of the planet, recently completed its first stage of protests in London. Oxford Circus transformed [...]

23 April
2019

An introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative – Theo Yeung

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The 21st century Silk Road – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. This enormous investment project aims to improve economic connectivity between two-thirds of the world’s population. It also reveals China’s ambition for global dominance, from Asia to Africa, and across Oceania to the Caribbean. [...]

12 April
2019

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine against anti-vaxxers – Mark Kelleher

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Let’s be clear. Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective and successful technologies to save lives ever developed. They save between 2 to 3 million lives every year, constitute a sound and broad-ranging investment in a country’s future workforce and productivity and, when vaccination rates are high enough, protect the non-vaccinated in a population through [...]

10 April
2019

DFID’s partnerships with civil society organisations

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Today ICAI published a performance review, drafted by Agulhas, of DFID's partnerships with civil society organisations. The UK government has been funding CSOs since long before the establishment of the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1997, but the volume and modalities of funding to CSOs has changed over time. DFID’s current approach to working [...]

26 March
2019

CDC’s investments in low-income and fragile states

By |client stories|

Today ICAI published a performance review, drafted by Agulhas, of CDC's investments in low-income and fragile states. CDC is the primary vehicle through which DFID invests development capital and plays a key role within DFID’s Economic Development Strategy. It aims to “support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and [...]

19 March
2019

Fridays for the Future – Hiba Ahmad

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Last Friday saw thousands of concerned young people and adults in over 100 countries take to the streets and demand action on climate change. After a period of relative silence following the Paris agreement, calls for climate action are back and louder than ever. Global mass movements like the Youth Strike for Climate and Extinction [...]

18 March
2019

The Jordan Compact and the Rules of Origin scheme: was it a good idea? – Giulia di Porcia

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International leaders gathered last week in Brussels for the fourth international conference on supporting Syria and the region. The first of these conferences took place in London, in 2016, where an innovative approach to dealing with displaced populations was adopted, the so-called Jordan Compact. And one of the most innovative features of the Compact was [...]

17 March
2019

News from Agulhas: we produced an independent Monitoring and Assessment framework for the Jordan Compact

By |News from Agulhas|

The Jordan Compact is an innovative approach that has enabled Jordan to continue providing a global public good by hosting Syrian refugees in peace and security with access to basic services and some economic opportunities. The Jordan Compact was created in 2016, at the London Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the [...]

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