Economic growth and resilience

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Shared services – too good to be true?

Shared services – too good to be true?

Three hard truths for governments looking to save money through shared back-office services Last week, to the delight of many consultants, lobbyists and other government onlookers, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the USA announced a major development in President Obama’s management agenda – the creation of a […]

by × 28 October 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Beijing by Philip McMaster (Source: Flickr creative commons)

A Chinese tale of Phaethon

Can Beijing manage the soars and dives of its stock chariot? Scarcely any government is as good as Beijing when it comes to keeping individual economic activities and market interactions under control, but even the most powerful state capitalist on this planet has tasted some bitterness in the fruit of […]

by × 30 July 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Protests in Sofia, Bulgaria (photo by Georgi C, source Flickr)

How the EU can help Bulgaria avert another banking crisis

In a few short weeks Bulgarian authorities are due to announce the name of the next governor of the country’s central bank. Until half a year ago, this seemed like a routine decision that would not attract the sustained attention of the general public. However, in the summer of 2014 […]

by × 30 April 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Kathmandu after the earthquake that hit on April 25, 2015 (Credit: Domenico. Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Nepal has become a country that can’t see the future – this quake gives us a chance to change that

Four days after a huge 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, the ordeal is far from over. There have been close to 100 aftershocks. The death toll, at the time of writing, has risen above 5,000. As news arrives of even greater destruction outside Kathmandu, that figure is expected to rise. People […]

by × 30 April 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Can we shrink the car?

Can we shrink the car?

Peppered with questions and comments from the audience and lively, engaging discussion throughout, this Challenges of Government Conference session about the future of public transport in cities was truly enjoyable…

by × 19 December 2014 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Guest contributor

Cairo and Alexandria - Image source: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr

‘Flourishing Cities’: partnering for resilience

‘Flourishing Cities’ is the theme this week of our annual Challenges of Government conference at the Blavatnik School of Government here in Oxford. From an Africa perspective, the conference programme speaks to the scale of urban development and human security challenges in fast-growing cities. Far from Oxford’s pleasant setting, these challenges come across very vividly in the heaving expanse of cities from the Cape Flats in South Africa to Cairo.

by × 11 December 2014 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Durbar Square in Kathmandu  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Kathmandu is hit by a major earthquake every 70 or 80 years – and the last was in 1934

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and home to an estimated 2.5m people, sits in a zone of high seismic activity. The city has historically been hit by a major earthquake every 70 or 80 years. The last big one was in 1934. The eight-magnitude quake destroyed most of Kathmandu’s houses, […]

by × 08 December 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Image source: Roberto Azevêdo - World Trade Organization on Flickr

The WTO’s Reform Crisis

The World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevêdo, has called for an urgent shakeup of his institution. Last week, he declared the WTO to be in “the most serious situation [it] has ever faced,” and now he is convening crisis talks with member countries. One of the main reform proposals, reportedly […]

by × 30 October 2014 ×