Putting on my sceptical hat for access to energy

Economists have a reputation for being sceptical. So much so that there is a book called the Skeptical Economist, and a new book referring to economics as the dismal science. This has a lot to do with our teaching. For instance, we’re taught to be sceptical of the idea that one thing (we call it…

The right sized Power of We to influence development

Over the past couple of weeks, two big changes have happened in my life. First, one of my sisters has moved to Glasgow from London with her little baby girl. So I’ve become a very busy auntie! Second, I’ve got a new job in DFID. I’ll be supporting our Secretary of State to co-chair a…

What’s the route to becoming a developed country?

Last week, there was a great quotation doing the rounds on Twitter, Pinterest and other social media from the Mayor of Bogota in Colombia.  The quotation was “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport”. Credit: Smart Move Campaign I think the reason people…