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ISSUE 26 - MARCH 2021

Short video app trialled in Bangladesh
Researchers at ODID and the University of Birmingham have developed and trialled a short video app targeted specifically at marginalised communities to enable them to share their skills and stories and generate income. Find out more

Reimagining refugee camps
IKEA invested nearly $100 million in five camps in Ethiopia with the aim of piloting a more sustainable model for refugee response; a new short documentary from the Refugee Economies Programme, which evaluated the initiative, outlines the lessons learned.

How COVID widens inequalities 
COVID could reverse important gains in education attainment and future life chances for young people in developing countries – particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, according to the findings from the third round of Young Lives' phone survey. Read more.

Age of Agitation 
Dan Hodgkinson is co-editing a new blog series for African Arguments – Age of Agitation: African Politics and the Question of Youth – which takes a generational perspective on social movements across Africa and asks, how are young people mobilising for political change?

We were delighted to host a great line-up of speakers for a conversation on How to Fight Inequality last month. Watch the video now
Watch the recording of the latest talk in our Climate Change series with Alicia Bárcena of ECLAC
Watch the recording of the annual Oxford Development Studies Lecture with Raka Ray of UC Berkeley
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The latest issue of Forced Migration Review includes three features, with authors exploring a range of topics relating to Mental health and psychosocial support, Data and displacement, and Missing migrants.

Forced Migration Review 66

A new special issue of L'Homme edited by Natalia Buitron and Hans Steinmüller critically re-examines the concept of egalitarianism in anthropology. The issue include contributions from India, Siberia, the Philippines/Indonesia and Morocco

Natalia Buitron and Hans Steinmüller (2020) (eds) Special Issue: The Ends of EgalitarianismL’Homme 236 (3)


Christopher Adam and David Bevan (2020) 'Tropical cyclones and post-disaster reconstruction of public infrastructure in developing countries', Economic Modelling

Sabina Alkire, Christian Oldgies and Usha Kanagaratnam (2021) 'Examining multidimensional poverty reduction in India 2005/6–2015/16: Insights and oversights of the headcount ratio', World Development

Maxim Bolt (2021) 'Homeownership, Legal Administration, and the Uncertainties of Inheritance in South Africa’s Townships: Apartheid’s Legal Shadows', African Affairs

Iriann Freemantle and Loren Landau (2020) 'Migration and the African Timespace Trap: More Europe for the World, Less World for Europe', Geopolitics

Xiaolan Fu, David Emes and Jun Hou (2021) ‘Multinational enterprises and structural change in developing countries: A survey of literature’, International Business Review

Xiaolan Fu, Jing Zhang and Liming and Wang (2020) ‘The impact of Covid-19 and post-pandemic recovery: China and the world economy’, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies

David Jackman and Mathilde Maitrot (2021) 'Allies among Enemies: Political authority and party (dis)loyalty in Bangladesh', Modern Asian Studies

Taanya Kapoor and Ravinder Kaur (2021) 'The Gendered Biopolitics of Sex Selection in India', Asian Bioethics Review 

Tom Lavers, Biruk Terrefe and Fana Gebresenbet (2021) ‘Powering development: the political economy of electricity generation in the EPRDF’s EthiopiaFutureDAMS Working Paper 014

Rasmus Lema, Xiaolan Fu and Roberta Rabellotti (2020) 'Green windows of opportunity: latecomer development in the age of transformation toward sustainability', Industry and Corporate Change

Francesca Lessa (2021) 'Remnants of Truth: The Role of Archives in Human Rights Trials for Operation Condor'Latin American Research Review

Yongjia Lin (Rebecca), Xiaoqing Fu (Maggie) and Xiaolan Fu (2021) 'Varieties in state capitalism and corporate innovation: Evidence from an emerging economy', Journal of Corporate Finance

Claire MacPherson and Olivier Sterck (2021) 'Empowering Refugees through Cash and Agriculture: A Regression Discontinuity Design', Journal of Development Economics

Muhammad Meki, Kate Roll and Simon Quinn (2021) ‘Mutuality and the Potential of Microequity’. In Colin Mayer and Bruno Roche (eds) Putting Purpose into Practice: The Economics of Mutuality, Oxford University Press

Samuel  Ritholtz  and Rebecca Buxton (2021) 'Queer kinship and the rights of refugee families'Migration Studies

Liu Shi, Shaomeng Li and Xiaolan Fu (2020) 'The fourth industrial revolution, Technological innovation and firm wages: Firm-level evidence from OECD economies', Revue d'économie industrielle
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What can Latin America teach us about the long-run effects of inequality? Diego Sánchez-Ancochea drew on his new book in a piece for the Conversation about the social, economic and political consequences of wealth concentration in one of the world’s most unequal regions.
Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor traced the history of the ‘toyi toyi’ dance, from its origins as a demanding training drill in Algeria to its ubiquitous use in protests in South Africa and Zimbabwe today, as part of their research into the military cultures of southern African liberation armies. Read their article.
DPhil Richard Dolan explored the internet memes, slogans, cartoons, and cultural symbols that young activists in Myanmar are using to contest the military coup and to assert connections with protests across the wider region in a piece for the Conversation.
More than a decade after the establishment of Chinese SEZs in Nigeria, their impact on domestic manufacturing so far remains limited – DPhil Nwamaka Ogbonna wrote for The Africa Report analysing the reasons why. Read the article.
'While tourist organisations boast that Ethiopia is the cradle of humanity, the capital is being stripped of its past' – DPhil Biruk Terrefe co-authored a piece for the Guardian reflecting on the impact of urban renewal on Addis Ababa's architectural heritage.
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