Posts by Tim Newson

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Disappearing Ice

by Tim Newson

A few days ago I saw the documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ which is a hauntingly beautiful account of the rapid demise of glaciers and ice sheets around the world. It is based on the work of James Balog, a National Geographic photographer, who has been running the Extreme Ice Survey since 2007. This is a ground-based […]

Sustainable Urban Development – Vision and Delivery

by Tim Newson

A couple of our previous blogs have discussed the recently released UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) report ‘A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development’. This is part of a process of research and consultation to develop recommendations for a post-2015 framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. […]

Measuring progress in development

by Tim Newson

Embedded within each of the metrics is a different set of values and ideologies of human and sustainable development. Improving peoples’ daily lives is the raison d’etre for many endeavors, irrespective of whether they are initiated by private sector companies or international NGOs. Making a better ‘widget’ and helping people solve problems is the reason […]

P3s in International Development Practice – Creating the next generation of development professionals – Part 2

by Tim Newson

In the event that something goes badly wrong in an international development project, what happens and who is accountable? In my previous blog in this series, I speculated about the potential legal risks of the newly proposed paradigm involving public-private partnerships in development projects. One way to deal with this risk issue that has been […]

P3s in International Development Practice – Some Outcomes for the Sector – Part 1

by Tim Newson

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are being increasingly recommended as an effective new approach to fund and manage international development projects and to meet the MDGs. In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote a highly influential book (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions) on the philosophy of science.  He described how “routine” science dedicates itself towards puzzle-solving within a current paradigm or […]

CSR and International Development – a new paradigm?

by Tim Newson

The Cadbury chocolate brand name is well-known around the world. The company sells in excess of 300 million chocolate bars annually in the UK and Ireland alone. In 2009, as part of their ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR), Cadbury began a fairtrade initiative with 48,000 cocoa growers in Ghana. Through the farmer-owned cocoa growing co-operative Kuapa […]

New strategies in international development

by Tim Newson

I take it that you are interested in international development? Given the plethora of blogs out there on this sector, why should you read ours? Well, give me a few minutes and I’ll see if I can persuade you that we offer something a little different… Five years ago, Fred Keenan and I met at […]