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    The struggle of dairy farmers gives us an opportunity to democratise our world's food system
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    Written by: David Miller All articles by David Miller

    Governments are pursuing trade policies that harm workers and serve multinationals. Last summer's European dairy farmer uprising shows how farmers and food system workers can unite and fight back.

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    Will the poor always be with us?
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    Written by: Michael Edwards All articles by Michael Edwards

    Well, that’s it for the Manchester conference and this is the last blog I’m going to write. The last soggy vegetables have been cleared away from the tables, and I’m not referring to the academics who took part. British institutional food is a wonder to behold and a nightmare to digest, as a leading Indian poverty researcher complained to me over lunch earlier today: “rice - this is rice?” Or it could have been the carrot cake, or even mashed potato... Read on

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    Reducing Global Poverty - Back to the Future?
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    Written by: Michael Edwards All articles by Michael Edwards

    When I was a PhD student in the late 1970s I was taught that there was no one route to poverty-reduction, but that since some countries had already reduced poverty pretty well we should learn from their experience. Not exactly rocket science is it? Read on...

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    Policies or politics for the poorest?
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    Written by: Michael Edwards All articles by Michael Edwards

    It’s day two of the Manchester conference, and yes, it is still gray and rainy, the natural camouflage of this city that it wears to disguise its charms. The focus has turned to how poverty can be reduced, especially what the academics call “chronic” poverty which affects at least half-a-billion of the world’s poorest people on an “enduring and persistent basis.” Read on...

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    Moving beyond the Millennium Development Goals: A more honest conversation?
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    Written by: Deborrah Baksh All articles by Deborrah Baksh
    Written by: Phil Vernon All articles by Phil Vernon

    It is critically important that the heads of state attending the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit consider the best way to support the complex and difficult process of making sustainable human progress in poorer countries. Those working within the development sector who know that the current paradigm is inadequate must take the initiative within their sphere of influence to create a kind of movement for change together that is both principled and politically expedient

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    Is world poverty declining and if so why?
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    Written by: Michael Edwards All articles by Michael Edwards

    Is world poverty declining and if so why? It’s a deceptively simple question with no straightforward answers, as keynote presenters Joe Stiglitz and David Hulme confirmed at this morning’s opening session (well, it is an academic conference so what did you expect?) Read on...

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    Ten Years of War Against Poverty: What Have We Learned?
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    Written by: Michael Edwards All articles by Michael Edwards

    Michael Edwards says welcome to Manchester Ten years of war against poverty - what have we learned? That’s the question that brings 500-or-so scholars and activists to Manchester this week to debate the causes of, and remedies for, global poverty, and I’ll be blogging from the conference on openDemocracy for the next three days. Coming just a fortnight before the UN General Assembly meets for its own review of the Millennium Development Goals, the Manchester conference provides a less official, and hopefully more self-critical, opportunity to discuss what has gone well and not-so-well in the first decade of concerted efforts to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide. Read on

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    Is aid working? Is this the right question to be asking?
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    Written by: Roger C Riddell All articles by Roger C Riddell

    “Is it working?” is the question most commonly asked of aid. In response, aid agencies feed the public a diet of overwhelmingly “good news stories” to convince them that it is working. This diverts attention from the central question: how to reduce the major gap between what aid currently does and what it could achieve. How donors provide aid is a major cause of aid’s current ineffectiveness.

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    Aid pessimism: myth and reality
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    Written by: Robert Picciotto All articles by Robert Picciotto

    Aid commitments should be met not despite but because of the current financial crisis, and aid allocations prioritised for the poorest, and most vulnerable countries - are among the recommendations in this reply to Phil Vernon.

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    Four immediate responses to Phil Vernon
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    Written by: Michael Edwards All articles by Michael Edwards
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    Phil Vernon asks if overseas development aid is working. This is a good moment, he argues, to take a step back and ask ourselves whether we would call today’s aid policy and practise successful in providing sufficient impetus to overcome the strong forces worldwide that keep people poor. Four immediate replies…

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    Overseas development aid: is it working?
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    Written by: Phil Vernon All articles by Phil Vernon

    This is a good moment for taking a step back and asking ourselves whether we would call today’s overseas development aid policy and practise successful – successful, that is, in providing sufficient impetus to overcome the strong forces worldwide that keep people poor

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