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ISSUE 22 - JULY 2020

Poverty reduction progress at risk
OPHI released their 10th anniversary global Multidimensional Poverty Index with the UNDP this month: 65 out of 75 countries studied had significantly reduced their multidimensional poverty levels between 2000 and 2019, but COVID-19 has put that progress at risk.

New Young Lives Director
We are delighted to announce that Professor Andy McKay has been appointed as the new Director of Young Lives at ODID. Professor McKay joins us from the University of Sussex where he was Professor of Development Economics. Read more.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellows
The Leverhulme Trust has awarded two of its prestigious Early Career Fellowships to be held at ODID, with successes for Departmental Lecturer Dan Hodgkinson and Natalia Buitron of the London School of Economics. Read more about their research.

Online technology platform
The UN launched a new platform, 2030 Connect, to provide access to technology and knowledge resources to help leverage science, technology and innovation for the SDGs. Professor Xiaolan Fu chaired the working group that led its development. Find out more.

Statues, representation and racism
Our Associate Professor Simukai Chigudu was interviewed for a video by Owen Jones of the Guardian about his involvement with the Rhodes Must Fall movement, talking about statues, representation and racism. Watch it here.

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Our DPhil Theodor Borrmann wrote for PreventionWeb about the devastating impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin, where the pandemic has amplified structural problems and is threatening to destroy whole communities. Read the article
The Economist highlighted research analysing the effects of COVID-19 on employment and poverty in South Africa, co-authored by our DPhil Rocco Zizzamia with Joshua Budlender, Ronak Jain and Ihsaan Bassier. The research showed a net decrease in active employment of about 40% from February to April, with an extra 1 million people falling into poverty.
ODID DPhil Sam Ritholtz wrote for the New Humanitarian about how COVID-19 relief efforts can still produce exclusionary results, even if they don’t explicitly exclude sexual and gender minorities. Read the article.
Nikita Sud was interviewed by TRT World television as part of a feature on the economic implications of COVID-19 for India as the country goes in and out of cycles of lockdown. Watch the interview.
In a blog for the World Bank, Olivier Sterck and colleagues outlined a recent paper that proposed a simple approach to estimating the health and economic costs of the COVID-19 crisis, using life years as a common unit. 
In a post for UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab, Diego Sanchez-Ancochea suggested that COVID-19, unlike some previous crises that have triggered progressive redistribution by hitting the wealthy and strengthening the economic bargaining of the working class, is likely to worsen inequality.
Loren Landau was interviewed by the Social Science Research Council for a 'time capsule for future social science researchers', speaking about the way in which COVID-19 offers oppressive states new powers to manage, exploit or sacrifice certain populations.
Visit our 'Development in the time of coronavirus' forum for all the latest commentary from the ODID community.
More Commentary >>
Each year millions marry or become parents young, yet we rarely hear their voices. See and hear from their perspective in this new animation from Young Lives: 'Second Chances: Young Marriage, Parenthood and Cohabitation'.

A new book co-edited by Tom Scott-Smith explores refugee shelter. Drawing on a range of disciplines, each chapter describes a particular shelter and uses this to open up theoretical reflections on the relationship between architecture, place, politics, design, and displacement. 

Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze (2020) Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelter, Berghahn

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review includes two main feature themes, one on Climate crisis and local communities and one on Trafficking and smuggling, plus a ‘mini-feature’ on early reflections on COVID-19 in the context of displacement.

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Jocelyn Alexander and Joann McGregor (2020) ‘Adelante! Military Imaginaries, the Cold War, and Southern Africa's Liberation Armies’, Comparative Studies in Society and History

Paul Anand, Bob Ferrer, Qin Gao, Ricardo Nogales and Ellaine Unterhalter (2020) ‘COVID-19 as a Capability Crisis: Using the Capability Framework to Understand Policy ChallengesJournal of Human Development and Capabilities

Noele Crossley (2020) ‘The African Union and Human Protection: Towards a Regional Protection RegimeAfrican Security

Xiaoqing (Maggie) Fu, Qun Bao, Hongjun Xie and Xiaolan Fu (2020) 'Diffusion of Industrial Robots and Inclusive Growth: Labour Market Evidence from Cross-Country Data'Journal of Business Research 

Geoff Goodwin (2020) 'Fictitious Commodification and Agrarian Change: Indigenous Peoples and Land Markets in Highland Ecuador'Journal of Agrarian Change

Gillian Mann and Oliver Mweemba (2020) 'Young Marriage, Parenthood and Divorce in Zambia', YMAPS Policy Brief No 3

Diego Sanchez-Ancochea (2020) 'Beyond a Single Model: Explaining Differences in Inequality within Latin America' Kellogg Institute for International Studies Working Paper No 434

Nikita Sud (2020) 'Making the Political, and Doing Politics: Unfixed Land in an Amoebal Zone in India', Journal of Peasant Studies
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