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24 May, 2017

High turnover at the G7: does It matter?

The leaders of the G7 members gather in Italy on 26-27 May for their annual meeting. Although it is the 43rd time that the club will meet, this year there are more rookies around the summit table than veterans. Only three leaders — Germany's Angela Merkel, Japan's Shinzo Abe and Canada's Justin Trudeau — have attended before. All eyes will be on the new faces, and for different reasons in each case: be it Donald Trump, embattled on just about every front; Theresa May, facing both Brexit negotiations with Europe and an election at home; newly elected Emmanuel Macron, in whom the hopes of France and Europe have been invested; and the host, Paolo Gentiloni, just six months in office after the surprise resignation of Matteo Renzi.

Does it matter that it will mostly be summit novices around the top table of global governance? Despite what media narratives, which overwhelmingly focus on leaders and their personalities, might claim, it does not.

24 May, 2017

High turnover at the G7: does It matter?

The leaders of the G7 members gather in Italy on 26-27 May for their annual meeting. Although it is the 43rd time that the club will meet, this year there are more rookies around the summit table than veterans...
17 May, 2017

The potential cost of visa regimes

On 24 April 2017, a boat carrying 25 Syrian and Afghan refugees was shipwrecked in the Aegean Sea while making the crossing from Ayvacik in Turkey to Lesbos in Greece. Of the 16 people discovered dead, one was...
11 May, 2017

One, two, three star! Pre-school attendance and numeracy skills development

The potential of quality early childhood care and education to transform childrens’ lives is now widely recognised in research, in policy and in service delivery. Most significantly at a global level, the...
27 Apr, 2017

How might the Turkish referendum outcome affect Turkey’s policies towards refugees and migrants?

Turkey’s referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give new powers to the president was held on 16 April. According to the unofficial results, the proposal of the governing party AKP (the...
25 Apr, 2017

EU asylum policies: the power of strong regulating states

European Union asylum policies are currently one of the most controversial areas of EU policy-making. This became particularly obvious in 2015/2016 when the EU proved unable to respond adequately to the inflow...
13 Apr, 2017

Going back to give back: Young diasporans and Ethiopian development

In 2009, I travelled to Ethiopia with a group of nine other young people of Ethiopian descent from across North America. We were part of a loose collective of interdisciplinary artists and community activists...
10 Apr, 2017

Training women for management in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector

Last year, Bangladesh reached an important milestone when it left the World Bank’s list of low-income countries, and gained lower-middle-income status. This advancement is the result of three decades of GDP...
03 Apr, 2017

Due diligence and labour rights – migrants and refugees in the textile sector

On 8 February 2017, in Paris, the OECD announced its Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector during a Roundtable on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear...
30 Mar, 2017

Still there: volunteering at Nea Kavala refugee camp, Northern Greece

Not many people asked me why I went volunteering in Greece. The images of refugees in the camps in Greece and other parts of the Balkans, and those sleeping rough in temperatures of minus 15-20 degrees, as...
28 Mar, 2017

Bridging the gaps: diverse learning outcomes in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam

Educational attainment is as much about where a child goes to school as her home advantage. School systems vary widely in effectiveness – yet there is more nuance in the picture when we examine the overlap...

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