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ISSUE 14 - MARCH 2019

Helping business track poverty
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has launched sOPHIa Oxford, the University’s first social enterprise spinout, to help businesses track and tackle poverty among their employees and their families, their contractors and in their supply chains.

New book from Young Lives
A new book, Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty, brings together over 15 years of Young Lives research to explore how poverty affects children’s development in low and middle-income countries and how policy has been used to improve their lives.

No Go World
A new book by Associate Professor Ruben Andersson contends that, using drones, proxy forces, border reinforcement and outsourced aid, risk-obsessed western powers are helping to remap the world into zones of insecurity and danger.

Dictionary of African Politics
DPhil Sa’eed Husaini is a co-author of the new Oxford Dictionary of African Politics, which brings together authoritative information on key people, institutions, events and terminology and includes a range of fascinating vernacular terms that were crowd sourced via social media.

Giving evidence on Zimbabwe
Professor Jocelyn Alexander and Associate Professor Simukai Chigudu gave evidence at a session of the UK parliament’s International Development Committee focused on the political and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. Watch the session.

New project on peacekept countries
Associate Professor John Gledhill is co-investigator on a new project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council which will explore what happens to countries after United Nations peacekeepers withdraw.

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Associate Professor Nandini Gooptu has edited a new special issue of the Journal of South Asian Development looking at skills development in India, exploring in particular how skills are conceptualised and the societal implications of skills training.

Nandini Gooptu (ed) (2019) 'Special Issue: Skill Development in India', Journal of South Asian Development 13 (3)
In the latest issue of Forced Migration Review, authors from around the world debate how better to enable access to quality education both in emergency settings and in resettlement and asylum contexts.

Forced Migration Review 60: Education: Needs, Rights and Access in Displacement.

Alexander Betts (2019) 'Venezuelan Survival Migration as a Development Opportunity Mission Report', RSC Research in Brief 12

Allard Duursma and John Gledhill (2019) ‘Voted out: Regime type, elections and contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations’, European Journal of International Relations

Matthew J Gibney (2019) 'Denationalisation and discrimination', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing, Cheryl Doss and Sophie Theis (2019) 'Women's land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction: Framework and review of available evidence', Agricultural Systems

Ann Njoki Kingiri and Xiaolan Fu (2010) ‘Understanding the diffusion and adoption of digital finance innovation in emerging economies: M-Pesa money mobile transfer service in Kenya’, Innovation and Development

Frances Stewart (2019) 'ODS 2018 Annual Lecture: The Human Development Approach: An Overview', Oxford Development Studies

Florian Weigand and Ruben Andersson (2019) 'Institutionalized Intervention: The ‘Bunker Politics’ of International Aid in Afghanistan', Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
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DPhil Deepa Kurup wrote an article for Frontline magazine, drawing on her fieldwork, about how underfunding, delayed payment of wages and arbitrary rationing of work are undermining India's MGNREGS programme.
Departmental Lecturer Ivan Manokha wrote for Monthly Review about the history and latest developments in workplace surveillance.
Ahead of the forthcoming elections in India, Associate Professor Nikita Sud wrote an interesting overview of the history – and current shortcomings – of the country's democracy for the Asia Dialogue blog and...
...former DPhil Lipika Kamra co-authored an article for the Conversation on how WhatsApp which has more users in India than in any other democracy might impact on the vote.
Professor Matthew Gibney wrote an article for Metro critiquing the decision by Home Secretary Sajid Javid to strip Shamima Begum, the British schoolgirl who left the UK to join ISIS, of her citizenship.
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The 2019 Olof Palme Lecture will be given by Professor Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Head of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute at the University of South Africa, on 17 May 2019. Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni will be speaking on 'The Cognitive Empire: Struggles for Cognitive Justice and Global Peace'.

Full details and how to register on our website soon.

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