If you are interested in democracy, poverty eradication and climate change, this is your go-to podcast for a deeper understanding of the politics of global development.
In each episode, we discuss the experiences of developing and “emerging economies” in Africa, Asia and Latin America. While we examine major global challenges and highlight various “problems”, we also highlight what works on the ground.
This podcast is hosted by Professor Dan Banik from the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo (Twitter: @danbanik @GlobalDevPod).
The pursuit of liberty and prosperity along a narrow corridor — Daron Acemoglu
Dan Banik and Daron Acemoglu discuss the role of institutions and how and why the pursuit of liberty and development progresses along a narrow corridor, using the examples of South Africa, China, India, the United States and Scandinavia.
Can fixing dinner fix the planet? — Jessica Fanzo
Dan Banik and Jessica Fanzo discuss what is meant by food systems, the success of the Green Revolution in preventing famine, the double burden of obesity and undernutrition, the role of culture in shaping our food preferences, the arguments for and against eating meat and how better policies can create better food.
The Life You Can Save — Peter Singer
Dan Banik and Peter Singer discuss what constitutes a morally good life, how we should eat ethically, and why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty.
Roadblock Politics — Peer Schouten
Dan Banik and Peer Schouten discuss the historical evolution of roadblocks and their current functions, how major multinational companies and aid organisations navigate through roadblocks in Africa and what this means for violence and state legitimacy.
Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order — Kathryn Stoner
Dan Banik and Kathryn Stoner discuss the invasion of Ukraine and Russia’s role and purpose in a new global order.
The power of ideas and metaphors in international development policy – Desmond McNeill
Dan Banik and Desmond McNeill discuss the role and influence of ideas and metaphors in development, the contradictions of foreign aid and the potential for financing global public goods.
Always something to learn
I love Dan Banik’s podcast. Excellent selection of speakers and topics.
This podcast is great!