Welcome to my website
My passion is bridging research and policy – finding ways in which ideas can be used in a transformative way to reduce poverty. This is where you will find links to current projects and an archive of past work, as well as my blog.
Brexit update – September 2018
Trumped-Up Aid and the Challenge of Global Poverty by Tony Vaux
Re-thinking the concept of fragile states
Finding meaning in Theresa May’s Cape Town speech
‘Advancing Human Development: Theory and Practice’ by Frances Stewart, Gustav Ranis and Emma Samman
The challenge for global think tanks in 2018
Edge of Chaos
By Dambisa Moyo
The Mordaunt doctrine: A mission for Global Britain
Does ICAI need a broader remit? Lessons from the Review of the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund
A World for the Many Not the Few: The Labour Party’s Vision for International Development
A Brexit update: why the development sector needs to mobilise
Training Cases on Think-Tank Governance
Two opinion pieces on the EUEuropean Union development agenda in 2018
Jobs in Africa: the role of a forward-looking food industry
Six questions regarding Foreign Office management of UK aid
In the Footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
We need to talk about Europe
Where next for the global climate negotiations?
Trouble in the Making? The Future of Manufacturing-led Development
Roadmap to Remain: An Open Letter to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron
Working together after Brexit: why and how Germany, the EUEuropean Union and the UK can continue to collaborate on international development
Time to end the tying of EUEuropean Union oda?
Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System
By Alexander Betts and Paul Collier
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a twenty-First Century Economist
A Note on the 2016 aid statistics
A new case must be made for aid. It rests on three legs.
DFID’s Economic Development Strategy
The proposed New European Consensus on Development: Has the Commission got it right?
'How Change Happens' by Duncan Green
Putting flesh on the bones of the new UK Aid Strategy
Brexit: lessons for global development governance
Can the private sector deliver climate compatible development?
(Researchers) Surviving Brexit
Proposed: A Compact with the people of Syria
Five lessons regarding Brexit from the Book of Exodus
Revising the European Consensus on Development
Three memoirs of British aid
A response to the referendum
Development Frontiers: where poverty and sustainability meet
A commentary on aid reportage
Humanitarian issues in the spotlight
‘Why Europe?’ and ‘What Europe?’. Issues for the new EUEuropean Union Global Strategy
Only inside the European Union can the UK help fight global poverty
Finding a place of one’s own: development agency choices in a new landscape
Climate Compatible Development: Pathway or Pipedream?
Climate change: time for development (studies) to lead the charge
The new UK aid strategy: comments and questions
Towards next generation food policy research
The SDGs: a transformatory challenge for NGOs
Climate change: the Emissions Gap
PCD: Not just for anoraks
Why Clubs matter: Five axioms for the future of global governance
Tomorrowland: a strategy for Italy’s new development cooperation
Finding a niche for DFIDDepartment for International Development in the SDGs
Response to the ICAI consultation
How to avoid the winner’s curse: lessons for a new nutrition policy
Financing for Development: A Rapid Assessment
A challenge on the SDGs
Should protecting and promoting livelihoods be a new Humanitarian ‘Principle’?
Putting on a play: how to moderate a public meeting
The EUEuropean Union International Cooperation and Development Results Framework: A commentary
What should be the priorities for the new EUEuropean Union Security Strategy?
Seven indivisibilities and a conundrum: how to deliver women’s empowerment
Beyond Aid: the Future of UK Development Cooperation
This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus The Climate by Naomi Klein
Is teacher pleased? The DACDevelopment Assistance Committee (of the OECD) Peer Review of the UK 2014
Development Cooperation Report 2014: Forwards or sideways on Financing for Development?
The New Climate Economy: Report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
Climate Compatible Development in Theory and Practice: three book reviews
Designing the development agency of the future
In defence of fair trade
Re-shaping Global Development: will Europe Lead?
Review of Aid on the Edge of Chaos
By Ben Ramalingam
Paying for Zero: Global Development Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda
Review of Influencing Tomorrow: Future Challenges for British Foreign Policy by Douglas Alexander and Ian Kearns
Sailing into harbour or drifting out to sea? Consensus and challenge on post-2015
How to win the argument on climate change: a five point plan (Part 3 and final)
Summit on the Global Agenda 2013
How to win the argument on climate change: a five point plan (Part 2)
How to win the argument on climate change: a five point plan (Part 1)
Paging Goldilocks: Where do we stand on post-2015 after the New York Special Event?
Commentary on the Review of the EEAS
Lessons from President Obama’s Climate Action Plan
Optimistic about the Global Nutrition Compact
What is the ICAI up to, what have we learned, and what should happen next?
Lessons from the EUEuropean Union Changemakers
Review of ‘Divided Nations: why global governance is failing and what we can do about it’ by Ian Goldin
China's Silent Army: A review
Can the EUEuropean Union deliver joined-up thinking and action in international development? Eight steps for a better External Action Service
Maximum Aspiration and Minimum Standards: Driving Change in Business Contributions to Poverty Reduction
How can the EUEuropean Union take forward the resilience agenda: a ten point plan
Is there a future for Northern NGOs in a world of MICs?
Review of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Review of ‘The Carbon Crunch’ by Dieter Helm
The optimists and pessimists are far apart on climate change. How can we disrupt the psychological status quo?
Conquering the Hydra: a twenty point programme for reform of multilateral aid
Five stars for the Hunger Summit
Looking to the future of development and humanitarian aid: what can be seen in the crystal ball?