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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Food supplied by UK aid for people affected by Hurricane Irma is distributed in East End, Tortola, BVI. Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID

We need a new way to think about aid

The West’s idea of international aid and development as the rich world rightly meeting its ethical obligation to help poor countries to modernise and join the club of developed countries is looking increasingly out of touch with the times. For a start, most aid today is going to people in […]

by × 02 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. A famous example discussed in the past few months has been that of the United States being considered de jure the most prepared country in the world in terms of detecting and responding rapidly to and mitigating […]

by × 01 September 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

War, economic crisis, poverty, political incompetence and endemic corruption have left the Lebanese people feeling hopeless and defeated for many years. The unprecedented explosion that took place on 4 August counting at least 220 deaths, including children, and 7,000 people injured was the final straw. As citizens take to the […]

by × 27 August 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

South Africa’s COVID-19 response: what went wrong? – the Blavatnik School student podcast

South Africa’s COVID-19 response: what went wrong? – the Blavatnik School student podcast

South Africa is at a crossroads. It is a phrase that has so often been used to describe the myriad of challenges the country has faced over the years: the struggles against apartheid, the dawn of democracy or the scandal-ridden decade under former president Jacob Zuma. Through much of these […]

by × 25 August 2020 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

São Paulo downtown, Brazil, 2016. Image: Wikimedia

Providing evidence to policymaking: helping the State of São Paulo face the COVID-19 crisis

March was a critical month for the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world. While the virus started to spread rapidly across different countries, China, Spain and Italy portrayed a sombre future for those that left the virus unchecked. And that seemed to be the case for Brazil.  As […]

by × 20 July 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19 is currently spreading at an alarming rate. Despite showing signs of slowing down, the total number of infected individuals stands at around 13 million as of late July 2020, which is astounding compared to previous instances of the coronavirus, including SARS and MERS. In light of this, a strategy […]

by × 17 July 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Srebrenica: Remembering the human consequences of hate 25 years on

Srebrenica: Remembering the human consequences of hate 25 years on

A couple of years ago I found a letter from the Red Cross dated 1997, responding to an enquiry from my mother. They had received her file on her missing brother who was killed during the Srebrenica Genocide in 1995 and confirmed they would undertake an investigation to find his […]

by × 14 July 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

An immune system for the body politic: Using social science to control COVID-19

An immune system for the body politic: Using social science to control COVID-19

COVID-19 attacks the human body, but it is largely the body politic that defends us against it. While we wait for vaccines and treatments, we depend on health systems, governments, and the actions of others to detect the virus, control its spread, and break the chain of infection. But our […]

by × 09 July 2020 ×