BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the campaign in 2016. Source; Wikimedia.

Three ways in which technology is shaping the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is the most technologically advanced election in history. Both candidates have different strategies and different styles, and they are leveraging different kinds of tools but one is similar: both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump recognise the substantial impact of technology on their race to the […]

by × 25 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Third-party information as a tax tool

Third-party information as a tax tool

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”, said Benjamin Franklin. Taxes have always been frowned upon and tax collectors have been vilified and despised, except probably by Christ (and since he came for the scum of the earth, this is the exception that […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Emergency room. Source: flickr U.S. Navy photo

What the emergency room taught me about being overworked

It was a hectic Saturday afternoon in the emergency room of a major Berlin hospital. The list of unseen patients was long, the hallways astir with nurses and doctors juggling diverse tasks and patients. I quickly greeted my busy colleagues and they briefed me on what had priority—no time for […]

by × 10 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 15-18 July 2016. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

African heads of state adopt scorecard on domestic financing for health

Last week the African Union launched the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health. The launch comes on the heels of the adoption of the scorecard by the heads of state of the 54 African Union (AU) member states at the 27th AU Summit in Rwanda on 17 July 2016. […]

by × 14 September 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Tattoo artist. Source: Pixabay.

There’s a world beyond your profession. Unlock it.

It was during my second week working as a medical doctor that I attended to a man in his fifties who took an unsuspecting action that could have cost his life. He was annoyed with a tattoo on his forearm that he had acquired in his twenties. Conveniently, a tattoo […]

by × 16 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Head offices. Source: Wikimedia

The journey from Oxford to Rio 2016’s Opening Ceremony

During my time in the MPP, a senior civil servant delivered a lecture about his experience organising the London 2012 Olympic Games. I had not fully understood the scale of the Olympic Games before that lecture, nor had I thought about the vast amount of planning and infrastructure that goes into […]

by × 05 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image from the Remain and Leave campaign boat protests on the Thames, 15 June 2016

Democracy in a post-Brexit world

Britain has voted to leave the EU. The consequences could range from eventual breakdown of the UK to decades spent in economic recovery. It seems hard to believe that British people voted in favour of a position that makes little economic or political sense.

by × 11 July 2016 ×