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Students learn lessons from Manchester NGOs

Students learn lessons from Manchester NGOs

Dr Jane Cocking

Dr Jane Cocking

On Thursday, 25th May students from the Global Development Institute had an unique opportunity to work with leading members of two of Manchester’s major NGOs. Students on the masters programmes in Management and Implementation of Development Projects,  Organisational Change and Development and  Development Management engaged in information exchange and workshop activities with representatives from MAG and RETRAK.

Dr Jane Cocking, CEO of MAG, spoke about the work and challenges of this world-leading NGO and their efforts to eradicate the threat of anti-personnel landmines. The NGO, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is the largest NGO in Manchester and this provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the management of a large organisation. Jane also presented a real life scenario relating to this NGO’s management to our students which they tackled effectively.

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Diana Mitlin on co-producing sustainable cities

Diana Mitlin on co-producing sustainable cities

Professor Diana Mitlin has appeared as part of the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Lecture series arguing that coproduction is an essential component of an inclusive urban agenda.

UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Lecture series collect and share knowledge related to the New Urban Agenda through free 15 minute video lectures by urban experts associated with the work of UN-Habitat . The series documents knowledge and experience on all UN-Habitat priorities, and reaches out to a new generation of urban professionals who will soon be the ones taking crucial positions in the makings of our future cities. read more…

Fire risk reduction in informal settlements: interrogating evidence, imagining solutions

Fire risk reduction in informal settlements: interrogating evidence, imagining solutions

Laura Hirst is working on an ESRC CASE PhD studentship with Operation Florian at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, researching the production of vulnerability to fire risk in resource poor urban settlements in the Global South. She is about to commence her fieldwork in different urban settlements in Nairobi, Kenya.

The immediate aftermath of a tent fire in an informal refugee settlement in Zahle, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

Medair staff conducting household visits as part of a fire risk training at an informal refugee settlement in Taanayel, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.
Photo credit: Laura Hirst and Steve Jordan.

Workshop organised by the Manchester Migration Lab and Operation Florian, 27 April 2017

Fires cause over 300,000 deaths annually worldwide, causing permanent injuries to millions more, with the vast majority occurring in low and middle income countries. However, these figures are likely to be a vast underestimate; fire risk is classed as extensive – meaning it is everyday, localised, and high frequency – and is less likely to be documented and managed than intensive risks. Fires in informal urban settlements are even less likely to be officially recorded, due to a combination of issues related to poverty and spatial, social, economic and political marginalisation. Similarly, the impact of fire risk on lives and wellbeing beyond physical injuries can be extensive but difficult to quantify; long term health, livelihoods, housing and well-being at different levels may be severely jeopardised, compounding existing disadvantages often experienced by residents of informal settlements. read more…

The Call for a New Deal- Conversing with Dr. Richard-Kozul Wright (Director, UNCTAD)

The Call for a New Deal- Conversing with Dr. Richard-Kozul Wright (Director, UNCTAD)

By Karishma Banga, PhD researcher at the Global Development Institute  

We have been living in what Richard Kozul-Wright deems as the ‘Age of Anxiety’, with developing economies suffering from post-traumatic crash disorder, advanced economies finding it difficult to recover from the crisis and growing risks for everybody, everywhere. This comes on top of 30 years of hyper-globalisation, precarious work, rising levels of debt and inequality and- the cherry on the cake- ruthless corporations. Raising fingers at the bleakness of the current scenario, we have proponents pushing forward the mantra of ‘Inclusiveness for All’. While these words sound good to our ears, we continue to witness a slow-down of growth in the global economy. read more…

Alumni profile: Justice Bawole

Alumni profile: Justice Bawole

Since graduating from GDI with a PhD in Development Policy and Management in 2013, Dr Bawole has visited The University of Manchester every year to deliver guest seminars and collaborate with colleagues and former supervisors. We caught up with him on his latest visit to chat about how his degree from The University of Manchester led to two promotions when he returned to Ghana.

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Aid Memoir: By maintaining the foreign aid budget and adopting a joined up approach, the next government can show its commitment to becoming Global Britain rather than Little England

Aid Memoir: By maintaining the foreign aid budget and adopting a joined up approach, the next government can show its commitment to becoming Global Britain rather than Little England

Professor David Hulme, Executive director of the Global Development Institute

A day is a long time in politics and the first full day of election campaigning was dominated by suggestions that the Conservatives would row back on the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid. But, barely 24 hours later, Theresa May scotched these rumours, perhaps encouraged by a passionate plea from Bill Gates that “lives will be lost if the UK reduces its aid”.

But this does not mean that battles about the aid budget are over. This now shifts to defining exactly what official development assistance (ODA or ‘aid’) can be used to achieve. The OECD controls this definition, enabling it to collect authoritative statistics on what each member country spends. Over the years it has had to produce a very precise definition, preventing countries from attempting to count any overseas spending as ODA. This has included commercial loans, subsidies to arms manufacturers, export-credit guarantees for civil engineering companies to win contracts in Africa and Asia: all activities to achieve domestic benefits rather than promoting international development. read more…

Listen: Richard Kozul-Wright on emerging economies and the end of hyperglobalization

Listen: Richard Kozul-Wright on emerging economies and the end of hyperglobalization

Richard Kozul-Wright (Director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division, UNCTAD) gives a fascinating and timely lecture on why we shouldn’t defend the current international order and why a global new deal is urgently needed.

Recent events have provoked considerable hand wringing from supporters of globalization; talk of rising trade protectionism, currency wars, migration controls and economic populism have been taken as evidence that the open global economic order built over the previous seven decades is under serious threat, with some even warning of a return to the kind of economic and political chaos witnessed during the interwar years. read more…

GDI Lecture Series: The Global Arms Trade and International Law with Dr Shavana Musa

GDI Lecture Series: The Global Arms Trade and International Law with Dr Shavana Musa

On Wednesday, 26 April, Dr Shavana Musa gave a lecture entitled ‘The Global Arms Trade and International Law: Prevention is Better than Cure’. You can watch the live stream below

 

Note: This article gives the views of the author/academic featured and does not represent the views of the Global Development Institute as a whole.
DI Working Paper: The Demographics of Digital Development

DI Working Paper: The Demographics of Digital Development

By Professor Richard Heeks, Professor of Development Informatics

Read the Development Informatics Working Paper ‘Examining “Digital Development”: The Shape of Things to Come?

Any emergent digital development paradigm will be shaped by three changing demographics of ICT usage: geographical, maturational and experiential.

Geographically, we have already moved from domination of the old Internet world (the US and Europe) to domination of the new Internet world (emerging nations of the global East and South), as summarised in the table below[1].  Use of digital technology in developing countries[2] now represents the majority not minority global experience. read more…

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