15 Ailments of the Development Sector – with apologies to Pope Francis

Inspired by to Pope Francis’ list of 15 “Ailments of the Curia” delivered in his Christmas address yesterday I have compiled the following 15 Ailments of the Development Sector. Thank-you Andrew Hewett for the stimulus. 1) Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable. “An NGO that doesn’t criticize itself, that doesn’t update itself, that doesn’t seek to improve itself is a sick body.” 2) Taking Yourself too … Continue reading 15 Ailments of the Development Sector – with apologies to Pope Francis

Aids and Human Security

To coincide with World Aids Day, Professorial Fellow Dennis Altman reflects upon the global impact of AIDS and Australia’s response to this human security concern. Over the past year the world has been confronted with grim reminders of a number of non-traditional threats to global security, which together make up what is commonly referred to as human security. As the United Nations Fund for Human … Continue reading Aids and Human Security

Contribution to Guardian discussion on fragile states

From our DLP partner via http://bit.ly/1sKhdJL DLP Research Fellow Dr Suda Perera was among the expert panellists for a live Q&A on approaches to development in conflict-affected states on The Guardian Development Professionals Network website. Suda joined University of Birmingham colleague Siân Herbert (GSDRC) and other panellists from research institutes, NGOs and consultancy firms for the #globaldevlive Q&A on 6 November. Responding to questions from … Continue reading Contribution to Guardian discussion on fragile states