Time for the age of ‘postdevelopment’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 31, 2020


Development is a failed project, says Julia Schöneberg, and she should know. Dr Schöneberg’s research at the University of Kassel focusses on postdevelopment in practice, social movements and resistances, as well as decolonised approaches to knowledge production and pedagogy. Anyway, her piece in Open Democracy opens with a provocative quote from Aime Césaire’s essay titled ‘Discourse … Continue reading “Time for the age of ‘postdevelopment’”

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The pandemic has pushed Amsterdam to bite into the ‘doughnut’ model

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2020 / The Focus


Amsterdam’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been simply extraordinary. It’s decided to officially embrace the so-called “Doughnut Model” of sustainable development. The framework, created by Oxford University economist Kate Raworth, tries to balance peoples’ needs with environmental awareness. So, Amsterdam will now be a petri dish of sorts. The Dutch capital is the first … Continue reading “The pandemic has pushed Amsterdam to bite into the ‘doughnut’ model”

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Hong Kong, Paris and Santiago are relatively rich but restive. A development economist explains why

by Rashmee

Posted on October 30, 2019


I’m rivetted by Jeffrey Sachs’ analysis of why rich cities rebel. Paris, Hong Kong and Santiago, he recently pointed out, have been unquiet, mutinous places this year mostly because they’re burdened by “a sense of unfairness”. Quite. How and why is this the case? According to Professor Sachs, who teaches sustainable development at Columbia University, … Continue reading “Hong Kong, Paris and Santiago are relatively rich but restive. A development economist explains why”

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Happy New Year: Extreme poverty is at its lowest in human history

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2019


The new year is likely to present us with some of the best news we could possibly have – extreme poverty is at its lowest in human history. Less than 8 per cent of the planet now lives on less than $1.90 per day. All too often, there is a sense of the human race … Continue reading “Happy New Year: Extreme poverty is at its lowest in human history”

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Bjorn Lomborg and the Crown of Resolute Optimism about human progress

by Rashmee

Posted on October 23, 2017


  After years of relentless optimism, Bjorn Lomborg is allowing himself to be disappointed. This matters. For many seasons, the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center has pushed a human “scorecard” that shows remarkable progress spanning 150 years. Poverty had fallen, Professor Lomborg declared brightly in his book ‘How Much have Global Problems Cost the … Continue reading “Bjorn Lomborg and the Crown of Resolute Optimism about human progress”

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Come one, come all, prepare for the end of the Automobile Age

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2016


Now that Apple has hinted it’s pursuing a self-driving-car project, time to heed Jeffrey Sachs. Professor Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, has suggested we’d be wise to prepare for the coming end of the Age of the Automobile. He should know. Last year, he wrote The Age of Sustainable Development. … Continue reading “Come one, come all, prepare for the end of the Automobile Age”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK