Merging DFID into the FCO doesn’t have to be all bad

Boris Johnson has announced the merger of DFID into the FCO.  He cites the need to fully integrate all arms of foreign policy into a single coherent whole as his motivation. But the characterisation of DFID as a lone wolf or a “cash point in the sky” is [...]

By |2020-06-21T19:52:55+00:00June 21st, 2020|Aid, Development, UK|0 Comments

C19’s silver lining?

COVID-19 (C19) is throwing out the normal rule book; and causing everyone to have to think again about what they do, how they do it and why.  There has been a rapid re-purposing of almost everything, demanding a much sharper clarity of purpose.  Resources are being aligned to the [...]

By |2020-05-12T17:08:33+00:00May 12th, 2020|Covid 19, Development, UK|0 Comments

COVID-19 – How do you eat an elephant?

There is no doubt that COVID-19 is a massive change.  Many, many assumptions have been tested and found wanting; and many people are wondering what to do next, how to adapt, and what the future holds.  But there are limits to conventional programming.  Adaptive programming, long theoretical [...]

By |2020-05-02T17:36:22+00:00April 30th, 2020|Covid 19|0 Comments

Security and Stability: C19 makes us all neighbours now

Introduction Covid-19 (C19) is not just a public health issue. It will have serious consequences for stability and security in many countries, with implications both for the countries themselves and for their international partners. Existing partnerships based on assumptions about a status quo that no longer exists will [...]

By |2020-04-09T14:03:03+00:00April 9th, 2020|Covid 19|0 Comments

Ethiopia: Same as it ever was?

Ethiopia is changing. Not always in the right direction; and not always smoothly. But it is changing. The population is growing; getting younger; is increasingly urbanised; but is stubbornly unequal in the distribution of wealth and access to services. And internal political tensions and politics pose an increasing [...]

By |2020-04-09T10:35:07+00:00May 21st, 2019|Ethiopia|0 Comments

Zimbabwe: Safety and access to justice

Introduction Zimbabwe has entered a new era. The incoming President, Emerson Mnangagwa, has determined that his government will represent a decisive break with the past; and has declared himself and his party to be the agents of change that Zimbabwe needs. Determined to end years of relative [...]

By |2020-04-09T10:49:02+00:00May 30th, 2018|Zimbabwe|0 Comments