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Thursday 3rd November 2011

Building a Transparent System of Global Aid

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Having transparent mechanisms for distribution of global aid is hugely important. It allows scrutiny to ensure money is used effectively. The global aid landscape has changed drastically with the rise of southern donors like India and China. This makes it even more important that transparency for public flows of development aid should be non-negotiable, irrespective of whether or not they are official development assistance.
Date:
Thursday 3rd November 2011
Categories:
International, Social Sciences
Tuesday 1st November 2011

Why 'Faith in the City'?

Description
This week as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science 2011, I will be hosting the event, "Faith in the City: communities, regeneration, interaction". The event sets out to explore the way in which faith inspires and influences people to live, work and act in the diverse, vibrant urban space that is today's Birmingham. Despite Alastair Campbell stating the British "don't do God", the event is interesting to many.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 28th October 2011

What has the EU ever done for us...?

Description
Counterfactual analysis, the art of assessing how the world might look if something had not happened, is notoriously difficult and highly sensitive to the assumptions one makes about the alternative scenarios. Forecasting the impact of a major policy reversal is fraught with similar difficulties.
Date:
Friday 28th October 2011
Categories:
Social Sciences
Wednesday 7th September 2011

"The Health and Social Care Bill is bad policy and bad politics – but its biggest limitation might be that it fundamentally misses the point"

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Rarely out of the headlines in recent months, the Bill has achieved a rather unenviable feat: it seems to have brought together an impressive array of normally uneasy bedfellows in opposition to the proposed changes. Clinicians, managers, policy makers, researchers, think tanks, charities and others rarely all agree – but all seem united in their hostility to the Bill and increasingly unafraid to voice their concerns. Even the businessman, Gerry Robinson, popped up on Panorama to tell the Health Secretary that the changes won't work and could spell the end of the NHS as we know it – that the lack of strategic planning and accountability inherent in the proposed new system was simply bad business and bad management.
Date:
Wednesday 7th September 2011
Categories:
Social Sciences
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