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World AIDS Day 2017: the success and the struggle

‘Change is possible and … human beings, correctly mobilised, can be stronger than the inertia of the governments and other institutions that they have created’ Thomas Weiss and Anthony Jennings (1983)   There are two narratives in the history of … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe’s non-coup coup

As with many of my colleagues, I’ve been reflecting on Zimbabwe over the past week since the military took control of the state broadcaster to announce that whatever people may hear or see, this was emphatically “not a military takeover … Continue reading

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A leaky ship? The UKIP manifesto commitments to international development and aid

I’ve done the dirty work and gone through the UKIP manifesto section on international aid, so you don’t have to. No need to thank me. Where to start? Well the big item, as you would expect, is aid: Britain is … Continue reading

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A sting in the tail: Conservative plans to change the definition of ‘aid’

The Manifesto 2017 blog post was long, very long, and the really important bit was buried at the end. So kudos if you made it all the way through. But for those with less time to meander through my stream … Continue reading

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UK Election 2017 Manifestos and International Development: common ground and clear water

With the election coming up, I thought it would be interesting to look at the commitments to international development in the manifestos of the Labour Party, Conservatives and Lib Dems. The day-to-day realities of election campaigns tend to soon undermine … Continue reading

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