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ISSUE 16 - JULY 2019

Global soldiers of the Cold War
Jocelyn Alexander has won a Leverhulme Research Grant for a three-year project exploring the histories of Cold-War era ‘global soldiers’, focused on southern Africa’s liberation armies and their Soviet interlocutors. Find out more.

Report on EU migration controls
A new report by Ruben Andersson and David Keen for the NGO Saferworld analyses the 'outsourcing' of migration controls by the EU and EU governments to partner countries, the impact on migrants themselves and the implications for instability on Europe's borders:

A new platform for refugee research
The Refugee Studies Centre at ODID has launched a new platform, Rethinking Refuge, featuring short, research-based articles to help address the need for robust research and new perspectives on forced migration, and bridge the gap between scholarly research, policy-making, and public understanding,

2019 Global MPI released
The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index, jointly developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at ODID and the UNDP, was launched in New York during the High-Level Political Forum of the UN.

New report on digital competencies
A new report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, for which Xiaolan Fu was principal consultant, examines how developing countries can build digital competencies to ensure they benefit from new technologies in a way that supports sustainable development.

Best student essay prize
DPhil candidate Greta Semplici has won the Commission for Nomadic People’s 2019 Best Student Essay Prize for her essay 'Clotting Nomadic Spaces: on Sedentism and Nomadism'. The essay will be published in a future issue of the journal.

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A new book co-authored by Xiaolan Fu examines the impact of Chinese and European multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the African context. Based on extensive empirical research, the book uses Ghana as a case study to analyse trends in MNEs and assess the advantages and disadvantages of their involvement.

Xiaolan Fu, George Owusu Essegbey and Godfred Kwasi Frempong (2019) Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development: The Role of Chinese and European MNEs, Edward Elgar

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review focuses on ethics: we each live according to our own personal code of ethics but what moral principles guide our work? The 19 feature theme articles in the issue debate many of the ethical questions that confront us in programming, research, safeguarding and volunteering, and in our use of data, new technologies, messaging and images.

Forced Migration Review 61: The Ethics Issue


Sabina Alkire and James Foster (2019) ‘The role of inequality in poverty measurement’, OPHI Working Paper No 126

Sabina Alkire, Rizwan Ul Haq and Abdul Alim (2019) ‘The state of multidimensional child poverty in South Asia: a contextual and gendered view’, OPHI Working Paper No 127

Andersson, Ruben (2019) 'The Timbuktu syndrome', Social Anthropology

Robert Wm Blum, Jo Boyden, Annabel Erulkar, Caroline Kabiru and Siswanto Wilopo) (2019) 'Commentary: Achieving Gender Equality Requires Placing Adolescents at the Center', Journal of Adolescent Health

Kristine Briones and Catherine Porter (2019) 'How does teenage marriage and motherhood affect the lives of young women in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam?', Young Lives Working Paper No 186

Gina Crivello and Virginia Morrow (2019) 'Against the Odds: Why Some Children Fare Well in the Face of Adversity', Journal of Development Studies

Evan Easton‐Calabria and Maurice Herson (2019) 'In Praise of Dependencies: Dispersed dependencies and displacement', Disasters

Geoff Goodwin (2019) 'The Problem and Promise of Coproduction: Politics, History, and Autonomy', World Development

Marcello Perez-Alvarez and Marta Favara (2019) 'Maternal age and offspring human capital in India', Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Paper No 262, Courant Research Centre Poverty, Equity and Growth, Göttingen

Martin Saxer and Ruben Andersson (2019) 'The return of remoteness: insecurity, isolation and connectivity in the new world disorder', Social Anthropology
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Saja Taja Al Zoubi wrote about her research analysing the livelihoods of Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley for the ODID blog, drawing on information and survey data from refugee households, refugee workers’ managers, camp leaders and local and international humanitarian organisations.
Robtel Neajai Pailey wrote about 'epistemic decolonisation' for Al Jazeera, arguing that it cannot succeed unless it is bound to and supportive of the contemporary liberation struggles of people in formerly colonised spaces and places. Read the article.

The Many Lives of Land project, led by Nikita Sud, has collaborated on a music video with the band Rida and The Musical Folks from Meghalaya in the Indian Himalayas. The video takes as its starting point a mining tragedy in Meghalaya, in which 15 miners recently lost their lives.

Ruben Andersson discussed his new book, No Go World: How fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politics on The Majority Report with Sam Seder. Listen to the episode.

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DSA Keynote Lecture
Robtel Neajai Pailey delivered a keynote speech titled ‘De-centring the "white gaze" of development' at the annual Development Studies Association conference on 20 June. You can watch a video of the lecture here.

Elizabeth Colson Lecture
Professor Peter Redfield of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gave the 2019 Elizabeth Colson Lecture on 5 June on 'A Mobile Milieu: Humanitarian Equipment and the Politics of Need'. Listen here.

Call for Papers
Sanne Verheul and Luisa Enria are organising a workshop on 'Affect, Emotion and the Political Imagination: Emergent Approaches to Studying the African State' on 18 October. Access the Call for Papers here.
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