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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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    The Power of Culture-Based Climate Action

    Salem bin Khalid Al Qassimi & Margareth Menezes highlight the unique ability of indigenous knowledge and methods to generate sustainable solutions.
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    The Global South’s Debt Crisis Is Thwarting Climate Ambition

    María Fernanda Espinosa & Rishikesh Ram Bhandary warn that lack of fiscal space in the developing world is impeding progress on the clean-energy transition.
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    Higher Interest Rates Are Here to Stay

    Kenneth Rogoff

    The long-standing economic consensus that interest rates would remain low indefinitely, making debt cost-free, is no longer tenable. Even if inflation declines, soaring debt levels, deglobalization, and populist pressures will keep rates higher for the next decade than they were in the decade following the 2008 financial crisis.

    thinks that policymakers and economists must reassess their beliefs in light of current market realities.
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    Does India Have a Hit List?

    Shashi Tharoor worries that recent plots to assassinate Sikh separatists abroad could undermine vital diplomatic relationships.
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    The Looming Populist Dystopia

    Chris Patten says that this year’s Booker Prize-winning novel cuts disturbingly close to home.
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    How to Make Green Hydrogen Work for Africa

    Amos Wemanya argues that the industry must be developed in a way that puts the continent’s interests first.
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    COP28 Can Deliver Progress on Climate Change, but Will It?

    Michael Spence highlights areas where the UN summit in Dubai can bring important progress.
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    The Two-State Solution in the Twenty-First Century

    Joschka Fischer explains what it will take to revive the Middle East peace process after the war in Gaza ends.
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    Western Firms Should Leave China Now

    Simon Johnson, et al.

    Since the 1990s, Western companies have invested a fortune in the Chinese economy, and tens of thousands of Chinese students have studied in US and European universities or worked in Western companies. None of this made China more democratic, and now it is heading toward an economic showdown with the US.

    argue that the strategy of economic engagement has failed to mitigate the Chinese regime’s behavior.

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