Economic growth and resilience

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

‘Prolonged lockdowns are a route to poverty’: MPP alumnus interviews Professor Sir Paul Collier

‘Prolonged lockdowns are a route to poverty’: MPP alumnus interviews Professor Sir Paul Collier

Professor Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Awarded a knighthood in 2014 ‘for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa’, his expertise covers areas including conflict and fragility, democracy and development in low-income and natural resource-rich societies, and […]

by × 01 December 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Health, welfare and well-being

From the UN to the Blavatnik School and beyond: channelling public policy to support women’s rights

From the UN to the Blavatnik School and beyond: channelling public policy to support women’s rights

It was 3 February 2017 – the 19th session of the United Nations Youth Assembly. As I stood at the podium as a youth delegate and surveyed the room of dignitaries, I suddenly felt a great weight of responsibility. Under its own volition my heartbeat increased suddenly and exponentially, but […]

by × 23 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Not a centaur, but better: building FCDO into a powerful force for good and not for chaos

Not a centaur, but better: building FCDO into a powerful force for good and not for chaos

In announcing the merger of the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Boris Johnson has not created a centaur, with the hindquarters of a development agency and the head of a diplomatic service, but a puggle: an entirely new animal. Merging two departments does […]

by × 26 June 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Suzhou Creek rehabilitation project, Shanghai. Photo: Asian Development Bank

Building back better requires a new approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

As the world seeks to “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis, and as China seeks a political re-set with the world, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) must adapt to a new reality. If China embraces and enforces social and environmental standards, its financial support can play a major […]

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Social distancing signs in London

Global governance: planning for the world after COVID-19

After COVID-19 there is a risk the world could be yet more divided, conflictual and nationalistic. But an alternative scenario is within reach. In this scenario, collective action within communities and, where necessary, internationally, will make a more rapid and peaceful exit from the crisis possible.   The high-risk scenario […]

by × 22 May 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Parque Tayrona in Colombia. Credit: ProColombia

Promoting trade and investment in times of uncertainty

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives and has affected hundreds of economies around the world. The Bank of England announced last week that the UK will probably be hit by one of the worst recessions in the last 300 years (with the crisis wiping  out 14 […]

by × 21 May 2020 ×

BSG Staff, Economic growth and resilience

Pathways for Prosperity Commissioners (including Shivani Siroya) at the final report launch in Nairobi Kenya, November 2019.  Photo: Paul Mbugua.

Four lessons on how to run a policy commission

I’ve just finished running a global commission based here at the Blavatnik School of Government: Pathways for Prosperity, co-chaired by – among others – Melinda Gates. It was set up to challenge the narrative that in developing countries, technology necessarily equals catastrophic job losses and widening inequalities, and to explore […]

by × 26 February 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

The bushfires in Australia are unprecedented and devastating. Yet one of the most inspiring things in the wake of the destruction is the outpouring of support from Australians and friends overseas to donate to the rural fire services, humanitarian organisations and animal support agencies. Giving to these organisations is meaningful […]

by × 05 February 2020 ×