If you are interested in democracy, governance, poverty eradication, and climate change, this is your go-to podcast for a deeper understanding of the politics of global development.
Our world is facing a double challenge: to eradicate hunger and poverty and to stabilize the global climate. We are constantly warned that as the adverse impacts of climate change will only worsen soon, we must redouble our focus and energy in promoting a sustainable development agenda. Many also urge us to transform our policies and practices related to food and agriculture, health, energy, infrastructure development and consumption patterns. But how can we achieve such ambitious transformations, and what are the main challenges ahead?
In each episode, we will discuss the experiences of developing and “emerging economies” in Africa, Asia and Latin America. While we will examine major global challenges and highlight various “problems”, we will also highlight “solutions” and “what works” on the ground.
This podcast, hosted by Professor Dan Banik from the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo, will enable you to examine development interventions critically. It will also help you better understand how “promising” policies, programs, and practices can be deployed in a range of international contexts.
Can we domesticate the state or will it domesticate us? — James C. Scott
Dan Banik speaks with James C. Scott on how states must be distinguished from civilizations, the role of the state in economic development, why people flee from the state, the necessary conditions for the development of early states and why these states broke up, and the fight to restore democracy in Myanmar.
Population and development: Risks and opportunities — Lauren Johnston
Dan Banik speaks with Lauren Johnston on the links between population, economic growth and development, East Asian experiences of getting rich before getting old, China’s one-child policy and whether there are some lessons from China for African countries with younger populations.
Imperialism and the developing world — Atul Kohli
Dan Banik speaks with Atul Kohli on why powerful states imperialize, the importance of sovereignty in the pursuit of development, the impact of China’s rise, and the future of Indian democracy.
Summit diplomacy and African agency — Folashadé Soulé
Dan Banik speaks with Folashadé Soulé on why some high-level summits are more attractive to African leaders than others, the characteristic features of South-South Cooperation that may help policymakers claim back economic policy space and how African policymakers can negotiate better deals with China.
India-Africa relations — Renu Modi
Dan Banik speaks with Renu Modi on India’s version of South-South Cooperation, the role and contribution of the Indian diaspora and the impact of Indian activities on health and food security on the African continent.
Corruption and political settlements — Mushtaq Khan
Dan Banik speaks with Mushtaq Khan on whether definitions of corruption matter, the relationship between corruption and economic performance, and the impact of efforts to combat corruption in Bangladesh.