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The ODID blog ran from 2012-19 and brought together commentary and analysis by staff, students, alumni and friends of the department on the issues we research.

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19 Sep, 2019
By Adeel Malik

A pyramid of privilege: crony capitalism in the Middle East

The Arab uprisings in 2011 were not just aimed at overthrowing authoritarian regimes but were also targeted at a well-entrenched system of economic privilege where those attached to the ruler’s insider circle had monopolized all economic opportunities.

For every regime that faced a popular backlash in the Middle East, there were some prominent businesses who became the symbol of corruption and injustice. In Egypt it was Ahmed Ezz, the steel magnate.

By
Catherine Scheer
01 Mar, 2018

Christian NGOs and ‘indigenous cultures’: on the morphing of missionary work among a Cambodian highland minority

According to the Cambodia field director of the US-based Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA), in an interview with this author in 2016, his organisation had...

By
Gustav Brown
22 Feb, 2018

Interfaith partnerships in the field of development: a way forward for religious pluralism in Indonesia?

Muslim-Christian interactions are growing more common in the field of development. Many of these interactions are fraught, with community activists questioning the motives of faith-based organisations (FBOs...

By
Giuseppe Bolotta
12 Feb, 2018

Religious and secular NGOs in the slums of Bangkok: why a sharp dividing line is unhelpful and mistaken

In the slums of Bangkok, children simultaneously benefit from the humanitarian assistance of Catholic, Buddhist and officially secular local and international NGOs.

By
Amelia Fauzia
31 Jan, 2018

Indonesian aid to Rakhine State, Myanmar: Islamic humanitarianism, soft diplomacy, and the question of inclusive aid

The current humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has inspired global sympathy for the plight of the 500,000 Muslim refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. Humanitarian sentiment towards...

By
R Michael Feener
Philip Fountain
21 Jan, 2018

Religion and NGOs: Understanding new global configurations of humanitarian, development, and ‘faith-based’ institutions

As Development Studies scholars have long argued, the rapid and remarkable growth of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) since the Second World War has amounted to nothing less than an institutional...