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Kevin Watkins

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Kevin Watkins, a former CEO of Save the Children UK, is a visiting professor at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa at the London School of Economics.

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  1. Food Sovereignty Increases Food Security
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    Food Sovereignty Increases Food Security

    Jul 21, 2023 Kevin Watkins urges African policymakers to transform the agriculture sector and rethink part of their development model.

  2. Schoolchildren Deserve Free Lunch
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    Schoolchildren Deserve Free Lunch

    Sep 2, 2022 Kevin Watkins shows why universal school-meal programs have become even more important for improving educational outcomes.

  3. Can the International Community Still Do Big Things?
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    Can the International Community Still Do Big Things?

    May 9, 2022 Kevin Watkins laments the failure to mobilize financing to address the developing world’s multiplying crises.

  4. End the Economic Blockade of Afghanistan
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    End the Economic Blockade of Afghanistan

    Jan 6, 2022 Kevin Watkins calls for an immediate resumption of international funding before crisis turns into catastrophe.

  5. Ending “Trickle-Down” Vaccine Economics
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    Ending “Trickle-Down” Vaccine Economics

    Sep 6, 2021 Kevin Watkins highlights three priorities that can make global vaccine distribution more equitable.

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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga

    Creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet hinges on boosting growth and creating jobs in Africa. At this week's G7 summit, leaders must focus on how they can help African countries achieve these goals, which will require a strategy based on five key priorities.

    urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.

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