Into the Door of Global Development: a Conversation with Donal Brown, Director of DFID’s Global Funds Department
“In a world where we are no longer a part of the EU, it might become even more important to show that we are very much connected to the world.”
UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has played an important role and offered crucial support to the education and health sectors of various countries. Say for Development is interested in learning about the personal stories and career path of development professionals who play key roles in aid agencies, as well as their thoughts about international development.
Say for Development had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Donal Brown*, Director and Board Member of Global Health and Education Funds at DFID. With more than 25 years of experience in international development, Donal shares how he started his career in international development, gives advice to young aspiring development professionals and offers his perspectives on DFID’s role in this post-Brexit era.
Yangchen Dolkar Dorji*
Power is crucial in understanding social science. In this article, the author discusses the shift of gender discourses on the basis of the theories of power. She argues that, violence against women cannot be addressed without analysing the layers of power that exist not only between men and women but in relation to the state, society (including other women) and themselves. By being sensitive to the intersectionality of power, it is possible for development actors and agencies to empower women through influencing more equitable and inclusive structural reforms and by providing a more conducive environment for women’s rights or rights of any marginalised group.
In March 2015, I was at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en route to Malawi. While at the airport I came across a big billboard by UNICEF of a dirty black child, possibly from ‘Africa’, and wearing tattered clothes. This picture took me back to the debate about representation of poor people in the development discourse. Is this image a representation of the state of this child’s life? Or is this a picture that might help the public to donate their money to support the region where this child comes from?
Ricci P.H. Yue*
In the Far East, Cambodians are enjoying their fastest rate of urbanisation in history. The end of decades of civil war led to rapid economic growth, and this force began to pull villagers to the capital city, Phnom Penh. The life of a farmer is not easy. Poverty drives them away from the rural areas and the neon lights of city attract these farmers to migrate to the city.
Do Ngoc Thao*
In this paper, the author argues that in Vietnam, although the result of the election of the National Assembly (NA) is regarded as transparent and there is no electoral fraud, it is heavily controlled by the Vietnam Communist Party (the Party), thus leading to the misrepresentation of the delegates in the NA. Claiming to represent the interest of the people in the socialist state, the VCP, however, fails to make decisions upon the interests of the people.
You are hearing from Bangladesh, a ‘development surprise’ in recent times for the rest of the world due to its cumulative success on socio-economic advancement. The Economist published an editorial on November 3, 2012, about Bangladesh titled ‘out of the basket’. The Guardian addressed it as a ‘new wave economics’. According to the Guardian on December 18, 2012, the economy of Bangladesh is expected to overtake western countries by 2050. The Goldman Sachs highlighted Bangladesh as one of the ‘Next 11’ emerging economies. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bangladesh will become the 23rd largest economy in the world by 2050 (Bangladesh ranks 34th now).
Taking Bangladesh as a case, this article critically looks into trade liberalisation and discusses whether the poor can benefit from it. The Author argues that trade liberalisation can indeed benefit the poor, given the presence of complementary transmission mechanisms. However, in the absence of this, it becomes very difficult to find a causal relationship between the two. The challenge is to find the elements crucial for poverty alleviation both between and within countries to help the weak and marginalised.
While the international media were busy highlighting the Stanford rape and Brazil gang-rape cases, another gang-rape, followed by murder, of a 14 year-old girl named Yuyun has also happened in Indonesia. Despite a lack of international media attention, this is an atrocity as severe as the incidents that the media has been highlighting recently. One case in Indonesia, in particular, has attracted the public attention, which led to the National Commission on the Anti Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) calling for “emergency status of sexual violence”. Despite so, discrimination against women and the marginalised groups continues to exist.