Voluntourism: Gaining More Than You Give

https://youtu.be/fILJNeswgOE Volunteering tourism - "voluntourism" - might be a popular choice among some gap year students, but could it be doing more harm than good?  Based on an interview with Jasper Friedrich, MSc Political Theory student at the University of Oxford, South America Events Officer Jasmine Alexander walks us through the origins and issues of … Continue reading Voluntourism: Gaining More Than You Give

Developed and Developing: A Critique of the Way We See the World

Photo by Ivan Bandura Growing up in a western European country, it is hard to avoid the terms ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ as a framework for viewing the entire world. A brief online search reveals dozens of articles from the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Economist and other news sources using this language, and here at Oxford … Continue reading Developed and Developing: A Critique of the Way We See the World

Jonathan Watts: Journalism and Climate Activism

Join us for a conversation with Jonathan Watts, the Global Environment Editor at The Guardian Newspaper. Jonathan has been a journalist at the Guardian for 24 years, taking up roles such as North Korea visiting reporter, Asia Environment correspondent, East Asia correspondent, Disaster coverage, and Latin America correspondent, writing extensively on environmental degradation, deforestation and … Continue reading Jonathan Watts: Journalism and Climate Activism

If Black Lives Matter, don’t merge DFID with the FCO

Many in the UK suspected the Prime Minister’s somewhat awkward utterance from behind the dispatch box two weeks ago—‘yes of course Black Lives Matter’—of being hollow. That it was belated is indisputable. It jarred with the numerous well-evidenced accusations of racism that many in the media and wider public have laid at Boris Johnson’s door, as … Continue reading If Black Lives Matter, don’t merge DFID with the FCO

Kolbassia Haoussou MBE: Speaking Out About Torture

In this episode, Hannah Brock speaks to Kolbassia Haoussou MBE, co-founder of Survivors Speak Out a national network of torture survivors connected with the charity Freedom From Torture. A survivor himself, Kolbassia has been through the journey of life after torture and shares his insights about policy issues surrounding torture survivors and asylum seekers both … Continue reading Kolbassia Haoussou MBE: Speaking Out About Torture

Olivia Durand and Paula Larsson: Let’s Talk Uncomfortable

Join us as co-founders of Uncomfortable Oxford, Olivia Durand and Paula Larsson, walk us through the history of international development and its entanglement with colonialism. We’ll be exploring the legacies that colonial practices have left behind, and the ways in which these legacies continue to be perpetuated by our institutional structures. In addition, we’ll be … Continue reading Olivia Durand and Paula Larsson: Let’s Talk Uncomfortable

Putting the First Last: DFID and International Volunteering

In 2010 David Cameron announced the creation of a UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) for 18-25 year olds, designed to fit into the vision of an austerity-driven ‘big society’ as an extension from the well-known National Citizen Service. Since 2010, the programme has now sent over 40,000 volunteers abroad for 12 weeks on … Continue reading Putting the First Last: DFID and International Volunteering

COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

So far the UK has managed to stay within the capacity of its ventilator stock, despite early concerns that it would be insufficient. With over 11,000 of the potentially life saving machines, there is one for roughly every 6,000 people in the UK. By contrast, the New York Times estimates that there are over 20 … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

The New Normal

Oxford Circus at 5.30pm on a Saturday. The usual throng of tourists, tuk tuks with flashing lights, performers, and nike-fitted teenagers is palpably absent. The low light of a spring evening spatters the empty alleys behind Liberty’s, creeping into the soiled corners previously occupied daily by florists and street vendors, and congregating eight metres up … Continue reading The New Normal

COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World

As this is my first President's post, hopefully of many, since Mia and I were elected as co-Presidents for next term, I had planned to do a bit of an introduction and an overview of our plans for OxSID over the coming months. But with the  pandemic rapidly entering every aspect of day-to-day life and … Continue reading COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World