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Rethinking ideology, a view from the US – Christopher Harris on Rethinking Poverty

By Christopher Harris Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, has written for a long time about the failure of neoliberal economics and the resultant human suffering caused by the policies of austerity and terrible inequality. Barry Knight, in his new book Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society?, offers a possible…

Interview with Pushpa Sundar, author of ‘Giving with a Thousand Hands, The Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy’

In her book, Giving with a Thousand Hands, The Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy, published earlier this year by Oxford University Press, Pushpa Sundar makes an important distinction between charity and philanthropy. She argues that while charity is alive and well in India, the country is short on philanthropy defined as altruistic giving on a large…

Thinking and Working Politically: A Way Forward on SDG 16

By Debra Ladner SDG 16 recognizes that peace, justice, and accountable institutions are critical to sustainable, transformative, and inclusive development. It sets out ambitious targets on a range of issues from reducing violence and corruption, to combatting trafficking and organized crime, to ensuring legal identity for all. In doing so, SDG 16 provides a long-awaited…

Northern Ireland – peace, resilience and community activism

By Avila Kilmurray A recent study of community activism in Northern Ireland highlights resilience as a key outcome of the contribution of community action during times of both violence and tentative peacebuilding. In situations of protracted conflict, where abnormality becomes the norm, community-based organisation can create the necessary space for activists to articulate concerns and…