From Poverty to Power: Are Grey Panthers the next big thing in campaigning?

“It’s probably a sign of my advancing years, but I’ve been wondering whether NGOs are missing a trick by endlessly targeting young people to become their activists. Sure, they’re the leaders of tomorrow, but what about us wrinklies? This all came to a head when I went out for a beer with a friend of mine who recently turned 60. …

From Poverty to Power: Egypt – What are the drivers of change?

“When interpreting something like the Egyptian upheaval, people tend to project their own passions onto the screen. The twitterati see a social media revolution; the foodies see food price hikes at its core; others see a hunger for democratization; the human rights groups see a backlash against torture and abuse. So I thought I’d try to pull together a more …

From Poverty to Power: Have the MDGs affected developing country policies and spending? Findings of new 50 country study

“One of the many baffling aspects of the post-2015/Sustainable Development Goal process is how little research there has been on the impact of their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals. That may sound odd, given how often we hear ‘the MDGs are on/off track’ on poverty, health, education etc, but saying ‘the MDG for poverty reduction has been achieved five years …

From Poverty to Power: Building Active Citizenship and Accountability in Asia: case studies from Vietnam and India

“…A seminar in Bangkok on ‘active citizenship’ in Asia, part of an ‘Asia Development Dialogue’ organized by Oxfam, Chulalongkornlogo-asia-development-dialogue University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation…brought together a diverse group of local mayors, human rights activists and academics, and discussed a series of case studies. Two in particular caught my eye…” …

From Poverty to Power: Can Cities build local ‘developmental states’? Some surprising good news from Colombia

“Discussions of the role of states in development, and in particular the role of the hands-on ‘developmental state’ in producing impressive Medellin_Colombiatake-offs in East Asia and elsewhere, almost exclusively focusses on the national level. But in many countries, particularly since the push for decentralization in recent decades, local and city governments play an increasingly influential role. So might we see …