On Monday 26th March, the Labour Party launched its new policy paper on international development: A World for the Many not the Few. The paper aims to set out a radical and revitalised development strategy for the British government, based in five priority aims: a fairer global economy; a global movement for public services; a […]Read More A World for the Many not the Few? Modesty, policy, and the dangers of the global-liberal consensus.
The Sustainable Development Goals encourage more and better aid. They also sustain a long-standing succession of big picture global aid visions which connect and conflate aid and development. This blog, taken from a keynote presentation, questions the merits of this conflation and offers some new and old pointers for development research outside of the aid-development […]Read More Africa and Development in the age of the SDGs
Who cares what celebrities think? On 1st December 2015, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced the intention to set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company financed by infusions of shares from Facebook. A signatory of the ‘giving pledge’ (founded by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates) which encourages the super-wealthy to donate at […]Read More The Great Global Governmental-Philanthrocapitalist-Corporate Development Project: from indirect to direct neoliberal governance
Project Rising Since 2000, a Global Development Project has emerged, expanded, and consolidated itself. It deserves capitals because it is a powerful, well-resourced, and global endeavour. Focussed on the United Nations, it involves economically powerful countries, intergovernmental development organisations like the World Bank, non-governmental organisations like Oxfam International, a range of different consultants and public […]Read More The Onward March of the Global Development Project
In the first blog, I argued that massive global wealth tended to be framed in ways that were politically limiting because: (a) inequality has become so globalised and extreme that, as a problem, it seems altogether impossible to think about what to do about it; (b) the global ‘one per cent’ are increasingly […]Read More Global wealth, global poverty. Part three.
If poverty reduction is the answer, it’s the wrong question So, who are the global poor and how can we get them out of poverty? These are the wrong questions. It is a testament to the deep ideology of our time that they seem like the most virtuous and innocent questions you could imagine. They […]Read More Global wealth, global poverty. Part two.
‘85 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population’ This week, Oxfam commenced a campaign on global inequality and wealth called ‘Even it up’. The levels of wealth and inequality that the report presents us with reflect two somewhat novel phenomena: firstly the sustained enrichment of a small number of […]Read More Global wealth, global poverty. Part one.