17 May 2013
Brad Evans Deleuze and Facism: Security: War: Aesthetics
17 May 2013
GIC Commentary - The Human Trace: The Rise of Cyber Humanitarianism
16 May 2013
Global Insecurities Centre May 2013 Report published.
15 May 2013
This paper makes the case for a development paradigm shaped and determined by the people affected directly by aid and assistance programmes: in essence, it is a call for beneficiary-led aid (BLA). Over the past two decades, input from beneficiaries has become increasingly important in the design of development programmes. At the same time, the donor model remains one that is top-down, agenda-driven and expert-led. Similarly, the use of information and communications technology (ICT) by donors in the interests of facilitating closer engagement with beneficiaries has been ongoing for over a decade. However, while the ICT4D (information and communications technology for development) model has generated a great deal of enthusiasm within the donor community, the approach has yet to generate a discernible paradigm shift where the provision of aid and assistance is concerned. Taking inspiration from initiatives both within and outwith the field of development, we explore the extent to which crowdsourcing offers a route through which to revolutionise the meaning of ‘participation’ in an aid context, for beneficiaries, donors and development experts alike.
7 May 2013
ESRC/AHRC Critical Impact Report: The Politics of Profile and the Private Military and Security Contractor
24 January 2013
Mark Duffield The ongoing violence in Mali reflect important changes in the nature of international violence. Although the number of actual civil wars has declined, Western military interventions to police the global-South are now never far from the news. Even before coalition troops have left Afghanistan, new threats to international security have urgently pushed themselves into the political foreground, banishing any doubts that may have arisen from the excesses of the past. Politicians are increasingly receptive to the idea that addressing these new threats will take decades, rather than years. War in defence of our freedoms, it would seem, has become endless.