News comment and analysis

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 [...]

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 [...]

8 March
2019

Data Gaps in Gender Development – A reflection on gender mainstreaming on International Women’s Day – Trisha Chauhan

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International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements and contributions that women have made in society and that society has made in advancing the position of women. In the development sphere, we tend to coin this “gender mainstreaming”.  As a feminist in development, I believe it is important to celebrate these successes – but without any naivety [...]

4 February
2019

The Orkney Islands are leading the transition towards a renewable energy future – Kate Cerna

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Tucked away in Scotland’s far north is archipelago, famous for its high cliffs battered by rough seas, holding many secrets from its Neolithic past… and more recently the future of renewable energy. The Orkney Islands, recently voted as a best place to live in the UK, are at the forefront of technological energy revolution. Once [...]

17 December
2018

A Beginners Guide to the UN Migration Compact – Paige Isaacson and Anne Hammerstad

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The UN Global Compact for Migration is the first comprehensive international agreement establishing a common framework for the management of international migration. After a dramatic run-up, with a very public campaign to derail it and several states dropping their support, the Compact was formally adopted at an international conference in Marrakech, Morocco, by 164 UN [...]

3 December
2018

Reimagining law and justice assistance – Marcus Cox

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On 23 November 2018, Agulhas Director Marcus Cox gave the keynote address at an annual workshop of law and justice development practitioners in Canberra, at the kind invitation of Professor Veronica Taylor from the Australian National University. Drawing on past evaluations of Australian and UK law and justice assistance, the address explores the shortcomings of traditional capacity [...]

7 June
2018

Lessons for a successful transition to a low carbon economy

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Change is inevitable, and it can leave industries and people behind. Lliam Hildebrand, and his co-workers in the tar sands oil fields of Alberta, Canada were determined this fate would not befall them. With the price of oil falling in 2015, they were worried that the boom and bust of oil extraction would lead to [...]

2 March
2018

Profits with purpose in a fractured, fearful, failing world – Catherine Cameron

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This piece was originally posted in Open - One Planet Education Networks   The Blackrock Annual Letter to S&P 500 CEO’s sent some shockwaves through the world of business earlier this year. The world’s largest investor, with $6.3 trillion under management, BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink wrote: ‘We are seeing a paradox of high returns and high [...]

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