Political will: What it is, why it matters for Extractives and how on earth do you find it?

Political will: What it is, why it matters for Extractives and how on earth do you find it?

This was first published by the Colombia Center on Sustainable Investment as part of a series coming out of work with the Executive Session on the Politics of the Extractives Sector.   The original post can be found here. Featured image taken by the author at a CSSI workshop.  An experienced development policymaker once said [...]

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 27th March

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 27th March

(Image courtesy of Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash) My colleague Alisha and I are pausing the normal ‘What we’re reading’ email in order to focus on emerging thinking on Covid-19 and the potential implications for governance and conflict. The structure for this is slightly different to reflect the pace we’re working at – just a link [...]

Making a bit of time for non-work when travelling

Making a bit of time for non-work when travelling

I’ve spent a lot of time travelling for work over the past almost twenty years. While I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to see so much of the world, it definitely tends to sound cooler than it is in reality. I’ve almost seen lots of places: out of the window of meetings and workshops, through the [...]

What I’m reading this month: October 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: October 2019 edition

Quick reads for short journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts)  ENACT, Organised Crime Index Africa I’m still working my way through this and thinking about the different ways in which it could be used, but this looks like a great initiative from ENACT. I was lucky enough to see Tuesday Reitano present some data at a serious organised [...]

What I’m reading this month: September 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: September 2019 edition

Delayed trains or heavy traffic (papers/journal articles/longer thought pieces) Patrick Porter, Why Britain doesn’t do grand strategy This paper from 2010 came up in my Twitter feed recently, and it’s well worth a (re)read. Porter argues that Britain’s lack of ‘grand strategy’ is due in part to not having clear enemies, to ‘delegating’ strategy to [...]

What I’m reading this month: July 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: July 2019 edition

Quick reads for short journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Ali Breland, The bizarre and terrifying ‘deepfake’ video that helped bring an African nation to the brink I read a lot of stuff about corruption, crime and conflict (the 3Cs troika), but I have to admit that little I’ve read recently has freaked me out as much as [...]

What we’re missing by not getting our TWP (Thinking & Working Politically) alphabet straight

What we’re missing by not getting our TWP (Thinking & Working Politically) alphabet straight

  This blog is republished under a Creative Commons license. The original was published on Oxfam's From Poverty to Power. See the original post for lots of great comments! I am struck by how often people say ‘TWP/PDIA/adaptive management/PEA…whatever’. Kind of like when my great-aunt calls me by various relatives’ names first before getting mine right [...]