What I’m reading this month: November 2018 edition

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Guardian, Teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams This is an uplifting, fascinating way to spend a few minutes, even if some of the kids featured face real challenges in their lives (including the ones from the UK and other ‘rich’ countries). I have a 14 year old and… Read More What I’m reading this month: November 2018 edition

What I’m reading this month: March 2019 edition

 Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Kanisha D Bond et al, The West needs to take the politics of women in ISIS seriously On the back of controversy here in the UK surrounding the decision to strip 19-year old Shamima Begum of her citizenship, this article argues that narratives about women and conflict can strip women of… Read More What I’m reading this month: March 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: January 2019 edition

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Rema Hanna & Vestal McIntyre, New possibilities for cutting corruption in the public sector This short article deftly pulls together some recent experimental research on public service values and ‘corruptibility’ (including this research on Zambia, funded by DFID). While more research in a variety of contexts is clearly needed, the article… Read More What I’m reading this month: January 2019 edition

New blog in Conversation Africa: What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system Experts fear that Uganda’s efforts to eliminate graft in its health care system are not sustainable. Suuba Trust/Flickr Heather Marquette, University of Birmingham; Caryn Peiffer, University of… Read More New blog in Conversation Africa: What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system

Learning about the ‘mechanics of governance’ with DFID colleagues & researchers

This blog was originally published on the DFID Research blog and was called ‘The machinery of government and the mechanics of governance: Findings from the Uganda Governance Evidence Week‘. It was co-authored with DFID colleagues – Peter Evans, Alisha Patel and David Pedley. In October 2018, DFID Research and Evidence Division (RED) and DFID Uganda… Read More Learning about the ‘mechanics of governance’ with DFID colleagues & researchers

‘Hidden’ positive outliers on bribery: first papers on Uganda & South Africa

The most exciting time for a researcher is when a project comes together and there are actual outputs. So it is with our ‘Islands of Integrity‘ research project…   The research – which has been done with Dr Caryn Peiffer, Dr Rosita Armytage and (in South Africa) Prof Trevor Budhram – looks at anti-bribery positive outliers,… Read More ‘Hidden’ positive outliers on bribery: first papers on Uganda & South Africa

Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog, with Elisa Lopez Lucia, Joanna Buckley and Neil McCulloch. Image: Work in the Niger Delta (Cristiano Zingale) ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ (TWP) has been gaining traction in development programming, given its premise that programming teams can maximise the possibility of real impact if they can get the ‘politics’ right. But… Read More Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

Do donors have realistic expectations of their staff when it comes to ‘thinking and working politically’?

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog In a recent guest post for Duncan Green, ODI’s Alina Rocha Menocal asks whether learning to ‘think politically’ is like learning a new language. It’s a great analogy and one that should be taken seriously. As she points out, in order to learn this new language – incentives,… Read More Do donors have realistic expectations of their staff when it comes to ‘thinking and working politically’?