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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
Ilan Manor
01 Dec, 2017

Do MFAs really attract journalists on social media?

Some have traced the origins of digital diplomacy to America’s need to counter Al-Qaeda’s online narrative and recruitment efforts....

By
Nur Arafeh
30 Nov, 2017

New perspectives on the political economy of the Middle East

Did the 2011 Egyptian protests lead to changes in voting outcomes and electoral choices? How has the arrival of Syrian refugees affected the Lebanese economy? What impact did the Egyptian revolution have on...

By
Gina Crivello
07 Nov, 2017

Why are some children able to ‘beat the odds’ stacked against them early in life?

We know that children who grow up in poverty are disproportionately more likely to leave school early and less likely to enter post-secondary schooling. We also know that they are disproportionately more...

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02 Nov, 2017

Reflections from 'Putting Children First': from surviving to thriving

I spent much of last week in Addis Ababa at the ‘Putting Children First’ conference (for my hopes on this, see a blog written the week...

By
Hannah Waddilove
30 Oct, 2017

What role should academics play in public knowledge creation?

A seminar held at ODID on 27 October as part of the Re-engaging Truth series asked what role academics should play in public knowledge...

By
Masooda Bano
26 Oct, 2017

Islamic education and feminist agency

In recent years, scholars interested in the study of gender issues in Muslim societies have been fascinated by one particular phenomenon: the emergence and spread of female Islamic education movements.

By
Felipe Roa-Clavijo
13 Oct, 2017

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...

By
The Re-engaging Truth project team
10 Oct, 2017

Re-engaging truth: development, engagement and post-truth politics

This term, ODID will be hosting a new research seminar series exploring a political issue relevant across the world, and one which spans both Euro-America and developing countries: the place of knowledge in...

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21 Sep, 2017

What do effective measures to address children’s work look like? Reflections from Young Lives

This week, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) published new Global Estimates of...

By
Rhiannon Moore
04 Sep, 2017

Private schools in India: more learning, more inequality?

Within education research, a great deal of attention has been paid to the effectiveness of different types of school within developing countries over the past decade or so, and in particular to the rise of...

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