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ISSUE 21 - MAY 2020

New DFID-funded research initiative
Professor Douglas Gollin is the Research Director for a new DFID-funded initiative to support research into structural transformation and economic growth (STEG) in low and middle-income countries. Read more and sign up for the inception workshop here

On an Empty Stomach
A new book by Associate Professor Tom Scott-Smith, On an Empty Stomach, examines the practical techniques humanitarians have used to manage and measure starvation, from Victorian ‘scientific' soup kitchens to space-age, high-protein foods. 

New Young Lives research approach
Young Lives, which recently received £9.4 million in new funding from DfID, have rapidly revised their planned research activity in response to COVID-19, launching an innovative phone survey in their study countries to provide insights into the impacts of the pandemic.

IDMODEL project rolls out new app
Haate Haat (hand-to-hand), an app developed as part of the Inclusive Digital Model (IDMODEL) project, co-led by Professor Xiaolan Fu, is now being rolled out in Bangladesh. The project set out to develop a tool to empower poorer people to generate income and share their skills.

Sabina Alkire wins BMI prize
We are delighted to announce that the Boris Mints Institute of Tel Aviv University has awarded its 2020 prize to Dr Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID, for her work on poverty. Read more.

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Overcoming Boko Haram
Monday 1 June 2020, 3:3pm UK time
Join us for a book launch for Overcoming Boko Haram: Faith, Society and Islamic Radicalisation in Northern Nigeria, edited by Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Kate Meagher.

Find out more and register to attend via Zoom.

UNDP-ODID Special Roundtable: Power, Governance and Inequality in Latin America in the Era of Pandemics
We brought together academics, experts and policy makers to discuss the dynamics of power, governance and democracy in the era of pandemics in Latin America.

Watch the video.

LSE-ODID Seminars: Insights from Development Studies in the Era of the Pandemic
Watch the first episode in our new joint series:

Oxford Development Talks

This new series aims to showcase the best of Oxford thinking on international development and to make it available to a wider general public. The talks take a variety of forms, from lectures to interviews, taking key ideas from research and explaining them in an accessible way.

Find out more and watch the videos here

More events >>
Departmental Lecturer David Jackman and Tom Goodfellow of Sheffield University explored the range of strategies for urban control used by political elites in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, from coercion and overt violence to ‘generative’ interventions that are aimed at consolidating support.
Professor Chris Woodruff looked at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the garment industry in Bangladesh and suggested decisions by foreign buyers on whether to honour commitments to previously agreed orders would play a crucial role in determining whether it developed into a humanitarian crisis.
Associate Professor Simukai Chigudu was interviewed by Professor Sophie Harman of Queen Mary, University of London, about COVID-19 in Africa, exploring the shortcomings of ‘catastrophising’ narratives about the potential impact on the continent and discussing failures to draw on African expertise.
Gina Crivello drew on the findings of the Young Marriage and Parenthood study (YMAPS) to explore the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in four low and middle-income countries, Ethiopia, India, Peru and Zambia, as they set the foundations for their adult lives.
Visit our 'Development in the time of coronavirus' forum for all the latest commentary from the ODID community.
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A new book from the Refugee Studies Centre examines how refugees mobilise to act not just as recipients but as providers of social protection and assistance.

Kate Pincock, Alexander Betts and Evan Easton-Calabria (2020) The Global Governed? Refugees as Providers of Protection and Assistance, Cambridge University Press

A new special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies edited by Evan Easton-Calabria and Claudia Skran of Lawrence University aims to critically examine the concept of refugee self-reliance, and to assess its relationship with the broader topics of livelihoods and entrepreneurship for refugees. 

Claudia Skran and Evan Easton-Calabria (eds) (2020) 'Special Issue: Rethinking Refugee Self-Reliance', Journal of Refugee Studies


Alexander Betts, Fulya Memişoğlu and Ali Ali (2020) 'What difference do mayors make? The role of municipal authorities in Turkey and Lebanon’s response to Syrian refugees', Journal of Refugee Studies

Anne Irfan (2020) 'Palestine at the UN: The PLO and UNRWA in the 1970s', Journal of Palestine Studies

Xiaolan Fu, Peter J Buckley and Xiaoqing Maggie Fu (2020) 'The Growth Impact of Chinese Direct Investment on Host Developing Countries', International Business Review

Kashif Malik, Muhammad Meki, Jonathan Morduch, Timothy Ogden, Simon Quinn and Farah Said (2020) 'COVID-19 and the Future of Microfinance: Evidence and Insights from Pakistan', Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Robtel Neajai Pailey and David Harris (2020) '"We don't know who we be": post-party politics, forum shopping and Liberia’s 2017 elections', Democratization

Philipp Rode, Biruk Terrefe and Nuno F da Cruz (2020) 'Cities and the governance of transport interfaces: Ethiopia's new rail systems', Transport Policy

Nikki van der Gaag (2020) 'Supporting Married, Cohabiting and Divorced Adolescents: Insights from Comparative Research', YMAPS Policy Brief No 2
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