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, 3 April

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 3 April

Week 2 of our special ‘What we’re reading’ email focused on emerging thinking on Covid-19 and the potential implications and insights from a governance and conflict perspective. DFID Research & Evidence Division -funded research teams designated with a 🌟. The list is compiled with my DFID colleague Alisha Patel and includes contributions sent in by [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bringing serious & organised crime into development research

Bringing serious & organised crime into development research

In keeping with our new tradition, I did a 'Friday Thread' on some of the work I've been doing for DFID, beginning to think through what a research offer on SOC might look like. It's early days, with a lot more work to be done, and this thread shares some of this thinking. LOOK BOTH [...]