Development and Foreign Aid: India 2015

Development and Foreign Aid: India 2015

The year 2015 will see some major changes in the world as the final year for Millennium Development Goals, but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions over the UK’s relationship with India 2015 will bring about significant changes to the UK-India relationship. In an announcement made in 2012, the UK government decided to terminate all financial aid to […]


Welfare Reform and the Disabled

Welfare Reform and the Disabled

“I believe the test of a good and strong society is how we look after the most vulnerable” David Cameron, 2010, during the final leader’s debate. By any reasonable test, disabled people would make up a significant proportion of a society’s most vulnerable. However, today, the disabled are being put under unprecedented pressure. Given that […]


Thai Street Protests: A Critique of Another Revolution

Thai Street Protests: A Critique of Another Revolution

Why protests to deny elections and topple an elected government aren’t an expression but a hijacking of Thai democracy Thai politics has historically been a whirlwind of deference to the monarch, iconoclasm, military coups and dictatorships, and populist politics. Recently, the cycle seems to be perpetuating its tiresome self once again. Anti-government protesters have stormed […]


Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

One Mam’s fight for her girls Somaly Mam, the founder of the nonprofit Somaly Mam Foundation that fights sex trafficking in Cambodia, mothers many former victims of trafficking – most of whom are young girls. Her organization helps them rebuild their lives, supporting rescue operations, shelter services, and rehabilitation programs. Her dark eyes crinkle with pleasure when […]


Sustained Sustainable Behaviour Change

Sustained Sustainable Behaviour Change

Nudging citizens towards sustainable behaviour change just doesn’t seem to capture what is necessary, just, or effective in our political action relating to climate change; moral motivations are required. ‘Climate change’ and ‘behaviour change’ are both central themes in the policy landscape, academic research, and media discourse of the twenty-first century. The former has been described by the […]


Forget About Poverty?

Forget About Poverty?

Everyone is talking about the “squeezed middle”, but what about the least well-off? It’s time to stand up for an effective policy approach Right now, the call to save the “squeezed middle” can be heard from all over the political spectrum. There aren’t many concepts which have more currency in our national discourse. However, just […]


Free Trade: Canada & the EU

Free Trade: Canada & the EU

Canada & Europe Free Trade: Harper’s Legacy or hyperbole? Last week, the Harper administration and the European Union announced their agreement in principle on a free trade agreement (CETA), which will eliminate 99% of tariffs between the two countries, as well as a considerable amount of trade red tape and regulation. The details of the […]