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Hi all, Sometimes it happens that my weekly #globaldev review aligns along a certain theme & this week it is borders-border regimes, surveillance, migration control & various aspects of surveillance & oppression that are similar, yet different whether they concern EU's Frontex, the US border regime or China's policies in Xinjiang; this topic is extended with pieces on ad trackers on non-profit sites & surveillance law across Africa. Happy reading! My quotes of the week Direct attacks on and degradation of energy infrastructure, lack of maintenance, and failing environmental governance capture the conflict-linked pollution in a microcosm. (Syria’s coast becoming a conflict-pollution hotspot) But the toughest part is to see how much this world is still exactly the same as it was when I started in 1990. Instead of gender mainstreaming, we now obsess over intersectionality. Instead of aid effectiveness, we pander to localization. Instead of evaluation we now have im

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Hi all, Do you remember when Ice Cube had a Good Day (yep, that was 1992...)? Well, it hasn't been exactly a good week for the multilateral #globaldev system...a questionable UN appointment, trouble with Covax & refugees, peacekeeper abuse, the fallout from the World Bank ranking scandal plus continued debates around diversity & inclusion...the aid system is in trouble and there are no pumpkin-spiced pics from pet Twitter to ease our collective pain... My quotes of the week “Covax really was flawed in the beginning. I think it was naively ambitious.” (How Covax failed on its promise to vaccinate the world) The uncertainties and inconsistencies that mar our decisions about whom to protect tell us something about the broader task of refugee law. What if we began from a different, more radical formulation of ethical responsibility? To acknowledge another life as the source of an ethical obligation is not, I think, to examine empirical descriptions in order to see whether it m

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Hi all, It's really starting to feel like autumn as all of my favorite pet/animal/zoo social media accounts feature mammals munching on pumpkins...groundhogs, otters, red pandas, beavers, possums, porcupines...if it has reasonably sharp teeth they get sunk into the orange veggie :). That shouldn't distract us from the realities of another week in #globaldev which, incidentally, also includes exotic fruits, but also serious journalism from Libya, on the Gates foundation, UN feminism, TikTok vs Instagram in India & a manual on how to  ingrain power asymmetry in global health research...and fridge magnets! Enjoy! My quotes of the week arguing that the lack of secrets at the foundation somehow justifies its undemocratic power. And it’s built on a patently false premise: the idea the Gates Foundation is transparent. The foundation’s CEO, Mark Suzman, has stated that its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion depends on “transparency and accountability,” yet neither he no

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Hi all, I hope you are still holding up your good spirits! It's International Coffee Day today & things are looking not too bad-so l et's wrap up the week with a heartwarming story that involves snow & a dog before we move to the serious #globaldev stuff... This is Maggie. Playing in the snow was her favorite thing in the world, and she got to do it one final time thanks to @SLCOParksandRec . Their staff shaved extra ice, loaded it into bins, and gave it to her family, making Maggie’s last day very very special. 14/10 for all ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wdvR0PIsVa — WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) September 30, 2021 My quotes of the week "What happened to you should never happen to anyone. It is inexcusable. It is my top priority to ensure that the perpetrators are not excused but are held to account," he said, promising further steps including "wholesale reform of our structures and culture". (WHO employees took part in Congo sex abuse during Ebola crisis, report s