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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.

By
Gina Crivello
08 Mar, 2016

International Women’s Day 2016: ‘Pledging for Parity’ needs to start with childhood

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day campaign is ‘pledging for parity’. The ‘pledging’ part of the slogan draws attention to individual commitment and to action. ‘Parity’, on the other hand,...

By
Simukai Chigudu
03 Mar, 2016

In defence of Rhodes Must Fall and the struggle for recognition at Oxford

In 1993, Edward Said – the celebrated Palestinian literary theoretician and professor of comparative literature at Columbia University – gave the Reith lectures for the BBC. A quote from this series of...

By
Jörg Friedrichs
24 Feb, 2016

Rhodes Must Fall: from dignity to honour values

How many of those called racist or sexist are actually guilty of racism or sexism? Some are, but what about the others? Why is calling someone a racist or sexist different from calling them a liar or a...

By
Corneliu Bjola
04 Feb, 2016

Is resistance futile? Maximising the impact of public diplomacy on social media

One of the most sought-after metrics in social network analysis is influence. Finding out who the most important users are in the network and how they leverage their influence online is of great value for...

By
Simukai Chigudu
29 Jan, 2016

‘Am I going to eat peace?’ – the politics of redistribution and recognition in women’s peace activism

Global feminism is often seen as a progressive and emancipatory movement emanating from the West and fostering radical politics elsewhere in the world. Such a view is not only ethnocentric but, critically,...

By
Sabina Alkire
18 Dec, 2015

The benefits of more detailed poverty maps

The lenses through which we observe the appalling situation that the poor endure now have higher resolution than in the past for several countries.

By
Oliver Bakewell
11 Dec, 2015

Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda – time to celebrate?

In September 2015, the United Nations published the final version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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02 Dec, 2015

Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence

To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?

By
Corneliu Bjola
30 Nov, 2015

Will climate negotiations overcome the curse of unfulfilled expectations at COP21?

International negotiations are fundamentally nested games of expectations management. If the objectives are set too high and negotiations then fail to deliver, it would be quite difficult for the relevant...

By
Sabina Alkire
02 Nov, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...

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