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13 Oct, 2017
By Felipe Roa-Clavijo

Three insights on multidimensional poverty from the UN General Assembly

While most media attention at the United Nations General Assembly was focusing on President’s Trump’s first appearance at the UN, little attention was devoted to central themes, such as the fight against poverty.

Ending poverty is the first of 17 sustainable development goals that were agreed by member countries in 2015 and guide the international development agenda until 2030.

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07 Jul, 2017

The new role of the G20: safeguarding global governance from a revisionist America

Under the Trump administration, the United States has not only stepped back from its position of global leadership, but now actively plays a spoiler role in the governance agenda.

By
Carol Graham
29 Jun, 2017

Do aspirations and well-being matter for children’s outcomes? Lessons from Peru

The linkages between parent’s circumstances, well-being, and aspirations and their children’s outcomes is a fundamental question for social scientists and policymakers in countries at all levels of...

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Emilio Travieso
23 Jun, 2017

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and...

By
Naohiko Omata
20 Jun, 2017

Who thrives, who struggles? Exploring the determinants of economic success among refugees

Today is the 16th United Nations' World Refugee Day, a day to recognize and honour refugees’ resilience, agency and capability.

By
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
16 Jun, 2017

What do we mean by 'development studies'? Reflections after 20 years of the MPhil

On Friday 2 June we welcomed many former students back to Oxford to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MPhil in Development Studies. It was a great opportunity to consider the evolution of the degree and...

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Robin Cohen
05 Jun, 2017

Fear trumps facts: why Theresa May is sticking with her migration cap

Ahead of the British general election on June 8, the ruling Conservative party has renewed its commitment to 'reduce and control' immigration to a net figure of under 100,000 – a level not seen...

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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...

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Emre Eren Korkmaz
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...

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Marta Favara
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...

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Emre Eren Korkmaz
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...

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