Deconstructing resilience; savage v fragile; China’s flashmob breastfeeders; Africans in the Diaspora; I’m a (Welsh) prof; Why Tories love aid; hierarchies of misery: links I liked
Top OxfamAmerica wonk Gawain Kripke unpacks the latest ubiquitous development fuzzword – ‘resilience‘
For ‘savage’ read ‘fragile states’. Changing development terminology 1821->2012
Flashmob breastfeeding in China (inspired by a similar action in Manchester). Women challenge bottlefeeding + caesarean culture
Africans in the Diaspora (AiD). Exciting new initiative
OK, don’t laugh, but Cardiff University have appointed (annointed?) me as an Honorary (that means no $) Professor of International Development in their Planning and Geography Department. They want me to help beef up their development studies work (one of their most popular Masters courses, apparently), give occasional lectures, and help develop joint research collaborations with Oxfam. And no, I didn’t write the blurb…..
Wherever I go outside the UK, I end up trying to explain why our right-wing, austerity-obsessed government is increasing aid, despite the sustained hostility of the Daily Mail. Is Project Umubano the equivalent of Sandinista coffee brigades for the Left? Here are some prominent Tories explaining for themselves, c/o Save the Children [h/t Alex Evans]
Hmm, what do you think of this ad? Clever and effective, or politically dodgy to ridicule the first world and say ‘the only real problems are those of poor people’?