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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.

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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...

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Rhiannon Moore
Caine Rolleston
Jack Rossiter
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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Alejandro Olayo Mendez
27 Mar, 2017

Humanitarianism from the ground: humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees in Mexico

‘As the freight train was passing, they kept shouting at us from the top of the wagons – “Give us the bread! Give us the bread! We are hungry!” The clamour was such that we could not do otherwise. We threw...

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21 Mar, 2017

Sustainable pedagogies, at home and away

If human development involves ‘taking an interest in the lives that people actually lead’, then anthropology is its privileged interlocutor. Perhaps our most distinguishing feature is our methods....

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Geraldine Adiku
15 Mar, 2017

'They say we don’t pay taxes': Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’, Yaa Mansa, a middle-aged Ghanaian woman told me when we met in London on a wet Wednesday evening in December of 2014. We met in a Congolese shop where she was working as a...

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Gina Crivello
08 Mar, 2017

Tracing the links between girls’ unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment

That women’s economic empowerment and gender equality go hand in hand is being highlighted as part of this year’s International Women’s Day. The theme ‘Women in the Changing World of Work’ draws attention...

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Cheryl Doss
08 Mar, 2017

Moving beyond the gender myths in rural development

As International Women’s Day comes around, we are bombarded with claims about women’s disadvantages – in wages, ownership of land and property, access to resources – and about their contributions and...

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Frances Stewart
06 Mar, 2017

Does the way wars end affect post-conflict development?

What happens when a war ends? Is it back to business as usual? Does economic growth resume? What about the distribution of incomes and the impact on human wellbeing? These are the questions we have explored...

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Peggy Levitt
22 Feb, 2017

Understanding social protection in a world on the move

Donald Trump fooled us all. And although we cannot know for sure if and how he will make good on his many outlandish promises, one thing is for certain: in the US, sanctioned racism and xenophobia are...

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07 Feb, 2017

Examining the UN's new General Comment on the rights of adolescents

Today, the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child published a new General Comment on implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence at an event in Geneva.

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