#EndofAid podcast #3: Professor Ilona Kickbusch

In this interview Ilona Kickbusch talks with EndofAID about various forms of governance, as applied to global health and sustainable development; about the SDGs, and the difference between ‘traditional’ development approaches and collective action. She also discusses how countries are graduating from development assistance, and whether those transitions are happening at a realistic pace.

Listen to the podcast here.

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#EndofAid Podcast #2: Dr Kentaro Toyama

In this #EndofAid interview, computer scientist and researcher Dr Kentaro Toyama draws on his uniquely broad view across social development, humanitarian action and the role of technology, describing how poorly they dovetail together in a sector that largely festishizes innovation.

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#EndofAid Podcast #1: Dr Benjamin Rolfe

In this first #EndofAid interview, Dr Ben Rolfe, Executive Secretary of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), discusses the evolution of the malaria response in Asia Pacific and its relationship with health security, sustainable development and the transition towards domestic priority-setting that many countries are going through.

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Are we reaching the limits of international assistance?

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Secretary-General of United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon

When future generations look back on this second decade of the 21st century it could well be marked as the ‘plateau of global compassion’ – that is, if generosity is measured through trends in international development and humanitarian assistance.

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Austerity, self-interest and instability: A perfect storm for development and humanitarian action

To be brutally honest, the current pace of global geopolitical, economic and technological change appears to have left many international institutions in its wake. If multilateral bodies are to remain a significant element of global mechanisms for coping with such changes, they are not making a very convincing argument for it so far.

So much is shifting, and so quickly, the forces underlying current instability, tension and conflicts are often too complex and diverse to fully comprehend. That uncertainty is partly fuelling pervasive feelings of insecurity and fear, as well as driving unpredictable political swings and election outcomes. Unfortunately, when such uncertainty interacts with the growing awareness of pervasive and accelerating inequality, there is a risk that it leads to a steep fall in social cohesion and trust: A polarization in society, away from everyone being ‘in the same boat’ to people ‘fighting for themselves’.

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