Articles by: Natalie Ham

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

The green shoots of COVID solidarity

The green shoots of COVID solidarity

Rich-country governments must now donate COVID-19 vaccines immediately to vulnerable countries, contribute more to international initiatives to ensure a genuinely global rollout, and work with pharmaceutical firms to deliver more transparent, non-exclusive licensing deals. Only this level of solidarity can restore global growth. In a recent letter to her G20 […]

by × 26 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Students

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Each year between January and March, the Admissions team at the Blavatnik School of Government are tasked with sorting through hundreds of applications for the Master of Public Policy (MPP). While reading inspiring accounts of commitment to public service from across the globe is undoubtedly a benefit of the job, […]

by × 22 March 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

“No room for cynicism”: MPP alumnus interviews leading human rights defender Hina Jilani

“No room for cynicism”: MPP alumnus interviews leading human rights defender Hina Jilani

Advocate Hina Jilani is a pioneering lawyer who has dedicated her career to fighting for the vulnerable, minorities and political prisoners. She established the first all-women’s law firm (1981) and first legal aid centre in Pakistan (1986) and was awarded the Millennium Peace Prize for Women in 2001 for her […]

by × 18 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions update: What to expect in the coming weeks

Admissions update: What to expect in the coming weeks

Since admissions for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) closed in January, we at the Blavatnik School have been busy sorting through a record number of applications. This year saw 992 applications (a 34% increase from last year) from 106 countries, with two countries represented for the first time: Antigua […]

by × 03 March 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Security and conflict

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Beirut, 4 August 2020. In the midst of what came to be one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, an image of a young nurse holding three premature infants while clutching a telephone, surrounded by blood, chaos and destruction, went viral. The picture not only spoke of the young […]

by × 11 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

In 2020, the Mongolian government set out its five-year mission to build a ‘digital nation’, harnessing data and technology to facilitate innovation, streamline public services and diversify Mongolia’s mining-reliant economy. In July of that year, I was appointed as the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia […]

by × 08 February 2021 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

On 27 January, the Blavatnik School of Government co-hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on the ‘Implications of digital trade provisions in UK trade agreements’. The workshop, a joint project between Digital Pathways at Oxford and the Global Economic Governance Programme – both research programmes based at the Blavatnik School – and […]

by × 03 February 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

COVID-19 has offered some tough but useful lessons about governance. Many wealthy countries did not manage the crisis as well as anticipated, whereas many poorer, populous, and vulnerable countries exceeded expectations. The difference raises important questions not just about public health management but also about the state of governance in […]

by × 04 January 2021 ×