In her 2015 ethnography The Need to Help Liisa Malkki seeks to unpack the relationship between domestic and international in aid and humanitarian work, focusing on the case of the Finnish Red Cross. In so doing, she argues there is a need to challenge oft taken-for-granted assumptions about who is ‘needy’ and who is being helped in the world of humanitarian aid, and the extent to which humanitarian work is – or ever can be – apolitical.
A recent Devpolicy brief has suggested that aid legislation is no more effective than white papers or policy documents. This misses the point of legislation, which is an accountability mechanism in itself, argues Jo Spratt.
Global temperatures are set to rise by three degrees Celsius by 2100, despite government commitments to curb climate change signed last December, a study reveals.
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May has rarely taken a stand on aid-related issues, and little is known about how May’s aid agenda compares to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s relatively aid-positive platform. Devex examines her voting record to get a sense of how aid policy might change under May's leadership.
Joblessness, poverty and disenfranchisement - these are development issues whether they take place in the world's poorest nations or in an economically powerful nation like the US. Yet most developed countries do not see the Sustainable Development Goals as applicable to them. Vikki Spruill argues that the US needs a development agenda - and the SDGs provide the roadmap.
Tensions are high in South Sudan following last week's outbreak of violence that left 272 dead, 36,000 displaced, and led embassies and aid organisations to evacuate their staff. The ceasefire seems to be holding, but for how long?
With the Australian election concluded, Bob McMullan for DevPolicy revisits policy proposals from last term. To do more with what little will be in the aid budget, he argues for a Pacific-focussed development finance institution (DFI) to be financed either by Australia alone or jointly by Australia and New Zealand.
Brexit is prompting a lot of discussion within the UK’s aid community right now. But while the focus is understandably on EC funding and exchange rates, there’s a less visible and potentially more dangerous funding threat to deal with, argues Michael O’Donnell of Bond.
The two terms have distinct and different meanings, and confusing them leads to problems for both populations.
Global value chains can be a powerful lever for empowering women, but companies must identify where women work, must develop a clear gender strategy and must articulate the business case for supporting women.