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Podcasts ODI - an independent, global think tank. In this show we discuss some of the world’s most pressing global issues with a variety of experts and commentators. Find out more by visiting the ODI website: www.odi.org.

    Think Change episode 9: is crypto the key to global financial inclusion?

    Think Change episode 9: is crypto the key to global financial inclusion?

    Since the birth of Bitcoin in 2008, cryptocurrency (or crypto) has had a significant impact on the way we think about money and financial services. It has even prompted discussion of a ‘new dawn’ in global financial inclusion.

    Many argue that cryptocurrencies – as well as the blockchain technology that forms the basis of this digital money – can help create more open and democratic financial systems in parts of the world that have historically lacked these privileges.

    But some have cast doubt on the idea that crypto represents a more cost-effective alternative to traditional financial transactions, while the price volatility of the likes of Bitcoin has been well documented. Environmental and regulatory concerns are also often cited.

    In this episode, experts weigh up these arguments and assess the potential of crypto to create more inclusive, democratic financial systems.

    Speakers

    Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
    Cathal Long, Research Fellow, ODI
    Sheila Warren, CEO, Crypto Council for Innovation
    Mercina Tillemann Perez, Vice President, Circle Impact

    • 32 min
    Think Change episode 8: what next? Rwanda asylum plan in a changing political landscape

    Think Change episode 8: what next? Rwanda asylum plan in a changing political landscape

    The Rwanda asylum plan refers the UK’s government’s controversial proposed policy to deport people identified as illegal immigrants, or seeking asylum, to Rwanda for resettlement.

    A judicial review of the policy is now set to take place in September, but the UK government continues to defend it and has not ruled out deportation flights over the summer.

    The case itself has been hugely divisive in the UK, Rwanda, and internationally. What started as a legal argument has caused a ripple effect into areas of religious morality and political ideology, while raising practical questions about whether this plan is lawful and workable, and why Rwanda is the destination of choice.

    And with a Conservative Party leadership contest now under way following the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the plan is featuring highly on the list of issues for leadership candidates.

    So what next? We dive into these issues with experts from the legal profession, humanitarian policy and refugee action.

    Speakers:
    Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
    Sorcha O'Callaghan, Director of ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group
    Becca Hird, Associate at Mishcon Private specialising in immigration
    Isabel Alonso García, Programmes Manager, Calais, Collective Aid

    • 35 min
    Think Change episode 7: what can be done to tackle Covid-19 vaccine inequity?

    Think Change episode 7: what can be done to tackle Covid-19 vaccine inequity?

    This month global trade ministers held talks at the World Trade Organization for the first time in five years. As the conference spilled into a sixth day, an agreement was finally reached to waiver Covid-19 patents (the TRIPS waiver).

    This deal temporarily removes intellectual property barriers around patents for Covid-19 vaccines and postpones the discussions on extending the waiver to treatments and tests by six months. But it has been heavily criticised for watering down the original text proposed by India and South Africa.

    So what benefit will it really have? This episode assesses the impact of the deal and asks what other action is needed to respond to this pandemic and prepare for future ones.

    Speakers:

    Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI
    Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
    Tom Hart, Senior Research Fellow, ODI

    • 35 min
    Think Change episode 6: how can we break the silence on famine in the Horn of Africa?

    Think Change episode 6: how can we break the silence on famine in the Horn of Africa?

    Following four failed rains and with the threat of a fifth, the Horn of Africa is now facing the worst drought for 40 years, with up to 20 million people at risk of going hungry. The current crisis is drawing parallels to the famine in 2011 that killed nearly 260,000 people in Somalia alone.

    Aid agencies and food security experts raised the alarm about the impact of failed rains long ago, so why are we here again? And why is this devastating crisis not getting the attention it urgently needs? In this episode, experts join us from Mogadishu discuss the situation on the ground. We assess why the famine is continuing to evade media and donor attention, and what can be done to break this silence and mobilise action.

    Speakers:

    Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI
    Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service
    Nimo Hassan, Director, Somalia NGO Consortium
    Daud Jiran, Somalia Country Director, Mercy Corps
    Simon Levine, Senior Research Fellow, ODI

    • 40 min
    Think Change episode 5: how can global feminists help fight back on Roe?

    Think Change episode 5: how can global feminists help fight back on Roe?

    What does overturning Roe vs Wade mean for people living beyond US borders? We discuss the international aftershocks of the news that this 1973 Supreme Court decision is likely to be overturned.

    How can global activists safeguard existing abortion rights and at the same time prevent backsliding? How can we collectively navigate this new context while supporting a comprehensive agenda on reproductive justice and bodily autonomy?

    Join us and our invited guests as we unpack the gender norms at the heart of overturning Roe vs Wade, exploring what this means for people everywhere.

    Speakers:
    - Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI,
    - Françoise Moudouthe (CEO, African Women’s Development Fund),
    - Dr. Anu Kumar (President & CEO, Ipas),
    - Megan Daigle, Senior Research Fellow, ODI.

    For more information, including further reading and references, visit https://odi.org/en/insights/think-change-episode-5-can-global-feminists-fight-back-on-roe/

    • 43 min
    Think Change episode 4: how can we stop wars before they start?

    Think Change episode 4: how can we stop wars before they start?

    This episode examines how we can stop wars and better support peace efforts around the world. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has again put the spotlight on the failures of current approaches, but could this also be a critical moment to reform the agenda? Our experts discuss what we have been getting wrong and what needs the change.

    Speakers:
    · Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI
    · Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, UN
    · Paul Murphy, Executive Director, Saferworld
    · Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou, Director of Politics and Governance programme, ODI

    • 35 min

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