GDP - The Global Development Primer
By Dr. Robert Huish
The Global Development Primer. The podcast about all issues in International Development Studies. Your host is Dr. Bob Huish, broadcasting from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The podcast covers the basics of International Development, while featuring the work of researchers and practitioners from around the world.
This is your podcast to learn more about International Development and to stay in touch with important global issues.
The podcast covers the basics of International Development, while featuring the work of researchers and practitioners from around the world.
This is your podcast to learn more about International Development and to stay in touch with important global issues.
Why so many Coups? And why now?: Looking at the state of democracy in Africa.
On October 25, 2021 military officers in Sudan staged a coup and took the capital. Sudan's coup follows coups in Chad, Guinea, and two in Mali. Madagascar and the Central African Republic experienced a failed attempt each. For the past twenty years coups were becoming rare in the African continent, and they were never condoned or encouraged by members of the African Union, or the international community. But now, there is an uptick in strongmen in uniform toppling democratic processes. Why, and why now? A long-standing expert on democratic institutions in Northern African and the Middle East, Milica Panic shares her thoughts about what is going on in Sudan, and the growing threats to democracies in the region. Milica Panic is an accomplished program leader with more than 20 years of experience designing and managing complex governance programs, including deep experience working across both sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Beginning her career as a peace activist in her native Serbia, Milica went on to design and implement programs focused on women’s political inclusion in South-East Europe, Russia and Palestine for Norwegian People’s Aid. Later she led governance and civil society programs for the International Republican Institute in Iraq, Sudan and South Sudan, before serving as IRI’s deputy regional director for Africa. Before joining Pact, Milica worked with DAI, where she served as a director on the project delivery team. Between 2016 and 2021, Milica was COP for the USAID Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative, a project renowned for its innovative approaches to network building, adaptive management and politically smart programming. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish Check out the work of Pact: https://www.pactworld.org
November 16, 2021
Enormous Risk and Enormous Potential: The State of Global Climate Politics in 2021.
"You can shove your climate crisis up your arse", said Greta Thunberg. "How many more signs do we need?", asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "“And this is a chance, in my view, to make a generational investment in our economic resilience and in our workers and our communities throughout the world," said Joe Biden. Another climate conference, and another year of incredible disasters linked to climate change. Intensive hurricanes and cyclones. Burning temperatures, and an entire town burned to the ground in minutes amid wild fires in British Columbia. Are politicians finally taking definitive action on the climate crisis? If they are? What does it look like? Can we pump the breaks on carbon intensive industries? Do we have enough available alternatives at the ready to get the global economy off of carbon? Here to answer these questions and to weigh in on the Glasgow COP26 conference, it's none other that our regular guest on GDP: Dr. Anders Hayden. Anders Hayden is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is particularly interested in the evolving balance between efforts to promote ecological modernization (“green growth”) and sufficiency-based challenges to the endless growth of production and consumption. He has written on efforts to promote "green growth" in Canada, Britain, and the European Union. His interest in the sufficiency approach has included examination of policies and initiatives to reduce hours of work as well as research on Bhutan, a country that has established Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross National Product, as its overriding goal. He is currently involved in research on the political and policy impacts of alternative measures of wellbeing and prosperity (“beyond GDP” measurement). He is the author of two books: When Green Growth Is Not Enough: Climate Change, Ecological Modernization, and Sufficiency (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014) and Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time, Consumption & Ecology (Zed Books / Between the Lines, 1999), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance (Routledge, 2020). Follow his latest project about moving beyond GDP here: www.beyondgdpindicators.com Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @ProfessorHuish
November 09, 2021
Rebrand This, Mr. Z: How Social Media Has Weaponized Disinformation Against Democracies.
Governments can be slow to help those in need, yet they often act fast against real threats. Social media platforms, like Facebook (Meta) have been long critiqued for being bigger than governments, both in terms of subscribers and revenue. But is Facebook a threat to governments, democracies and to populations themselves? Despite the birthday reminders, cute cat photos, and ability to sell goods locally, Facebook has enabled the spread of disinformation, intimidation, hatred and fear to the point where lives have been threatened. In particular the patterns of disinformation show that women in politics are particularly targeted, and strategically so. If social media is a potential threat to democracies, what can be done? Kristina Wilfore spells it all out in this 30 minute podcast. Kristina Wilfore is a seasoned international development professional having worked against authoritarian regimes around the world for the National Democratic Institute, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and USAID-funded grantees - designing and implementing large-scale election integrity, political party, civil society and disinformation defense programs in post conflict and pre-revolutionary environments. Through the 2020 general election in the US, Kristina managed the largest effort in US history to help civil society organizations and election stakeholders detect, respond to, and preempt orchestrated disinformation campaigns. She has helped campaign professionals in Western Europe throughout Sweden, Spain, Finland and the Netherlands work against growing far-right populist movements, by improving message strategies and grassroots engagement with voters. In the 2019 EU election, she worked to expose online influence operations and pushback on disinformation, organizing digital forensic evidence for regulators on activities of malign actors. She has piloted public engagement campaigns to tackle disinformation head on in Kosovo, Serbia and Ukraine. Kristina is originally from Montana where she began her journey in changemaking when at the age of 14 she organized a letter to the editor campaign to support Planned Parenthood after an abortion clinic in the state was bombed by anti-choice extremists. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter Check out the Parliamentary Centre's Democracy Dialogue Series Here. https://parlcent.org
November 02, 2021
Out of the Box and Into the Shadows: The Pandora Papers
The Pandora Papers is the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist's largest investigation into off-shore finance to date. Almost 3 terabytes of data piece together a shadow world of offshore financial. World leaders and at least 130 billionaires rely on an offshore financial system that keeps taxes low, money opaque and above all guards the privacy of its clients. Beyond the shocking inequalities from the world's billionaires harbouring their wealth in tax-havens, what role does the offshore finance system have in facilitating shady business? From real estate, to art trading all the way to illicit trade at sea, the world of off shore finance is mysterious to many, but day to day business for a global super elite. In this episode of GDP, we chat with Delphine Reuter from the ICIJ, to help piece together the bigger meaning of the Pandora Papers. Delphine Reuter, Belgium, is ICIJ’s data journalist and researcher. She started collaborating with ICIJ on the LuxLeaks project in 2014. Prior to joining ICIJ's Data & Research Unit full time, she described her position as "brain for hire." She's no data witch, but somehow working for ICIJ has sparked a love for spreadsheets, everything that requires research, and cross-border investigations. Previously she was a freelancer working on investigative cross-border projects. She has also been a researcher for environmental organizations. More recently, she was a coordinator of journalism training for professionals and a teacher at IHECS, a journalism school in Brussels. She holds a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism (NY) and IHECS. Check out the ICIJ here. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter
October 07, 2021
Pandemic, Pricks & Passports: Why COVID-19 will likely deepen global divisions and mistrust among us all.
COVID-19 is a global experience that conjoins us all. But we live in very different realities of it. Everyone on earth has been impacted by the virus and the public health measures that have responded to it. Now with vaccines rolling out is the world coming together to move towards the post-pandemic era, or are we entrenching divisions in dangerous and untested ways? It's not just the vaccinated who will enjoy more liberties going forward, but rather those who receive a certain type of vaccine. Double vaccinations of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, allow for free entry into North America, Europe and beyond. For those vaccinated in Russia, China, Cuba and India, the borders may stay shut. And for the 87.7% of people in low income countries who are awaiting a first dose? Borders and opportunities will remain closed. All the while some places like the U.S. and Quebec are preparing to give out 3rd doses. Dr. Bob is joined by his old friend and brother in arms in global health, Dr. Ryan Hoskins, to talk about why the preference of types of vaccine are among the reasons why the world is setting itself up to divide in dangerous ways. Dr Hoskins works as an emergency room physician, health policy researcher, and teacher, based at the University of British Columbia. He has worked, and continues to work, in a number of rural and remote communities across Canada, and has worked in parts of Latin America and Africa. He is interested in the cost-effectiveness of health in low-income settings, building a case for non-communicable disease treatment. He has a special interest in strep throat and rheumatic heart disease, a condition that is vastly overtreated in high income countries and under treated in low-income countries. He wishes our healthcare resource decisions were made with more transparency and more evidence. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
October 01, 2021
It's going to be an interesting 10 years: Adaptation, Climate Change and the Future of International Development
The inconveniences from COVID-19 may pale in comparison as to what climate change may have in store for us all. Rising temperatures, rising seas, burning forests, and drying rivers aren't just likely - they're guaranteed according to the 2021 IPCC report. Clearly this will impact development both in terms of how projects are carried out, and how international development is taught and carried out. David Bonnardeaux is Pact’s director of the environment. Overseeing a wide ranging portfolio of environmentally focused projects, David shares his thoughts about how to create positive environmental outcomes from community-based projects. Dr. Huish published an article earlier this year saying that International Development Studies would need to have a big re-think going forward. Together, they offer a conversation that treads on terrifying while searching for positive adaptation strategies. David is a seasoned environment and natural resource management practitioner with over 15 years of experience. He has worked and lived across the globe, from Malawi, Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Mexico and Peru. He has worked and consulted for the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, Winrock International, USAID/Ghana, SGS Environment, Development Alternatives Inc. and McKinsey Social Initiative. At an earlier stage in his life, he consulted for the BBC Natural History Unit on a number of wildlife documentaries including The Life of Mammals and Andes to Amazon working alongside Sir David Attenborough in Costa Rica, Venezuela and Ecuador. He is an avid photographer with a focus on landscapes, portraits, nature and photojournalism, with his photos published in World Bank, USAID, Conservation International, Survival Quarterly and Roll Call publications, and featured in the Wildlife Heroes book. Check out PACT Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 21, 2021
Defund the Police! Supporting Black Communities by changing the nature of policing.
What are the police supposed to do? If it is really about keeping the public safe, why are some members of the public specifically targeted and subjected to frequent surveillance, and why do black Americans continue to die at the hands of the police? It's time to go beyond saying enough is enough, and to start putting policies in place so it happens never again. Tari Ajadi is dedicated, through research and activism, to seeing policing change. Approaching the nature of policing through a public health approach, Mr. Ajadi offers an approach to public safety that is, at its heart, is about building safe communities, especially for those who have been the very targets of police. Tari Ajadi is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Dalhousie University. His dissertation research compares how Black activists in municipalities in Nova Scotia and Ontario strategize to prompt change in policing and in health policy. A British-Nigerian immigrant to Canada, Tari aims to produce research that supports and engages with Black communities across the country. He has published articles in The Globe and Mail, The Chronicle-Herald, University Affairs, Canadian Government Executive, Canadian Diversity and The Tyee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Association of African Canadians. He is a Junior Fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. He holds a MA in Political Science from Dalhousie University. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 14, 2021
Beyond Two Sword's Lengths Apart: Exploring The House Democracy Partnership
In Westminster parliaments the chamber is often divided. The government on one side, and the opposition on the other. They are spaced 2 sword lengths apart - an architectural innovation to prevent repeated bloodshed amid disagreement and misunderstandings arising from dialogue in the house. In as much as modern media gives the sense of constant bickering, disagreement, and deep loathing amid elected official in legislative bodies, there is a lot of collegial work that is done - and needs to get done. Oversight, committee operations, media transparency, and gender inclusion are all part of the business of elected assemblies. The House Democracy Partnership in Washington wants to see that legislatures around the world have the right tools and skills in order to ensure the business of government works well. Here to discuss this project is Derek Luyten. Derek Luyten serves as the Executive Director of the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission of the House of Representatives that works to promote responsive, effective government and strengthen democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. Its singular focus on the legislative branch of government and its unique ability to bring together American legislators and their peers from around the world have made the commission a valuable forum for deepening bilateral relations. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 07, 2021
Planned Chaos: Chronicles of Research in Theatre for Development
If all the world is a stage, then Theatre for Development is about dealing with some of the most troubling moments of that world. Beyond the production of dramatic performance for audiences, the methods of role playing, acting, and diving into the perspective of others is an incredibly powerful tool to explore peace and reconciliation, trauma, and psychology. On the front line of this research is Ph.D. Candidate Telisa Courtney from the University of Alberta. Telisa join's GDP to discuss the ins and outs of theatre for development, and to offer straight up advice for graduate students seeking to do research abroad. Telisa is a 2nd year Political Science PhD student at the University of Alberta. They hold a Master of Arts degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta with a double major in Political Science and Psychology. Their research focuses on applied theatre as a mechanism for community building, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution in East Africa. In their personal life, they are a music teacher, yoga practitioner, cross-country runner, and cat mom. Follow Dr. Bob On Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
August 31, 2021
Oh Canada, Where Art Thou? Canada's Role in International Democracy Assistance.
The saying goes that countries will often export their strengths. But when it comes to foreign assistance for democracy support, Canada does remarkably little compared to its neighbour to the South and partners in Europe. Inclusive democracy is foundational pillar to Canadian society, and in an era when many countries are teetering towards populism and anti-democratic processes, where is Canada's voice and support in the conversation? To offer her expertise and insight into the place of Canada in the world of democracy support, GDP is happy to have Monika Le Roy join this episode. Monika Le Roy is an Advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) on political affairs, democracy and human rights, leading programs to address rising authoritarianism, atrocity prevention, and threats to international peace and security in the region. She directs OAS efforts to document crimes against humanity in Venezuela and is the first OAS focal point on the Responsibility to Protect. A senior public policy and development expert, Monika has served as Senior Policy Advisor to two Canadian Foreign Ministers and has deep experience in global politics, government and the not-for-profit sector. She has worked in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the MENA regions. Monika’s career has focused on supporting peaceful democratic transitions, strengthening democratic governance and women’s empowerment, and has led global advocacy campaigns to end child, early and forced marriage and the fight to end sexual violence in conflict. She holds an HBA from Carleton University and an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
August 24, 2021
Cancel That Order: COVID-19's Impact on the Global Restaurant Industry.
During pandemics our diets change. Dan Dan Noodles and Sourdough bread were the staples of COVID-19. In the 1918 influenza it was oysters. The 17th century plague in Paris was held back by lemonade, and in ancient times, certain foods were reserved for health times, and others for illness. Recipes and cravings aside, COVID-19 toppled the global culinary industry. From small-time restaurants to airlines, the pandemic has forced the restaurant industry to pause and think. And in that thinking, what is being considered? Environmental impacts? Gender dynamics? Exploitive labour conditions? Here to offer his expertise and foresight on the lingering impacts of COVID on the restaurant industry, is Chef Ben Kelly. Benjamin Kelly is a Red Seal Chef, blogger, and cookbook author from Nova Scotia, Canada. For over twenty years he has worked in a wide variety of restaurants from Canada’s east coast to it’s far north. Ben’s love of food first developed cooking corn chowder and Shepherd’s pie alongside his mother as a young child. That love grew as Ben was guided through his culinary journey by numerous chefs and teachers. Ben’s passion now extends to teaching anyone who wants to learn about food and how to cook. Today Ben owns and operates a personal chef service and catering company as well as a successful food blog called chefsnotes.com. You can find him on social media @chefbenkelly. And you can find his books, The 5-Ingredient Cookbook For Men, and The How-To Cookbook For Men wherever fine books are sold. Check out Chef Ben at https://www.chefsnotes.com/ Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
August 17, 2021
Hate Thrives in Apathy: Understanding How White Extremism is a Threat to Democracy.
For 13 years, Bradley J. Galloway was a fixture in the Canadian racist scene, initially with the Toronto skinhead movement and later in British Columbia as the national leader of Volksfront. But then he walked away. Dr. Kathy Hogarth is a renowned expert in critical race and equity at the University of Waterloo who is interested in transformations that lead to justice. In this double-length episode of GDP, Galloway discusses why extremist groups are a real threat to democracies. Hogarth then responds to this conversation to suggest that the true dangers to democracy lie at a level well beyond the actions of extremist groups, and indeed thrives in cultures of apathy. Taken together, this is a powerful conversation that takes a look at how race, hatred, social inequality and colonialism are challenging the very notion of democracy today. Brad Galloway is currently a 4th year undergraduate student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Brad currently works with the Organization for Prevention of Violence (OPV), as a research and intervention specialist, and is the Regional Co-ordinator for the Pacific Northwest district for the Against Violent Extremism Network (AVE). Brad has worked as a research assistant for many Canadian universities and is an affiliate with the Canadian Netowork for Research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS). He also continues to research key topics on violent extremist movements in Canada and abroad. Dr. Kathy Hogarth is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work whose primary areas of research, service and teaching are on critical race, racism and equity in Canada and international contexts. She provides service to the institution in many capacities including serving as the equity lead for the University’s union and chairing the anti-racism taskforce. She has extensive experience in the work of equity, diversity and inclusion and, in addition to her work within the university she also engages the wider community as an equity and race consultant, speaker, and trainer. She is particularly interested in organizational and societal transformation that leads to more equitable and just worlds. Learn more about the Democracy Dialogue Series here: https://parlcent.org Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 08, 2021
🇲🇼 It’s a Fragile Environment: A look at post-pandemic development challenges in Malawi 🇲🇼
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and has for 4 out of 5 households are food insecure after harvests, HIV/AIDS is with 10% of the population, less than half of students graduate grade 8, and now with climate change and turbulent post-pandemic economies, the country needs committed support from stakeholders that genuinely meet the needs of communities. Will donors in the global North keep their commitments to Malawi once the pandemic subsides? And if so? How? In this episode, Gertrude Kabwazi joins us from Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss development challenges and the future of cooperation in the country. Gertrude Kabwazi joined Yamba Malawi in 2019 with more than 25 years of experience as a development practitioner and social justice activist. Her expertise in working with both local and international organizations uniquely positions her to lead the program team, develop community-focused interventions and activities, and serve thousands of children each year. Prior to Yamba Malawi, she worked at Advancing Girls Education in Africa, World Vision International, and Concern Universal, among others. Her breadth of expertise and leadership roles serves Yamba Malawi’s holistic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty. Gertrude holds a Masters in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe, a B.A. in Human and Social Studies with a concentration in Development Studies from the University of South Africa, a University Diploma in Journalism from University of Malawi and a Certificate in Education Policy from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Gertrude has been recognized as an African Visionary Fellow with Segal Family Foundation and a Perennial Fellow, and serves on a number of Boards, including the Malawi Union of Academic and Non-Fiction Authors, Integrity Platform (Affiliate of Transparency International), World Bicycle Relief-Buffalo Bicycles, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WILSA), Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA), and Concerned Youth Organization. Check out Yamba Malawi: https://www.yambamalawi.org Follow Dr. Bob Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 01, 2021
Healing the Heart: How One Program Empowers North Korean Refugees to Find Their Own Voices
The voices of North Korean refugees have the power to captivate audiences, inspire human rights activists, and challenge the very regime that brought them suffering. The stories and testimonies of North Korean refugees provide an important view into the eerie reality of Kim Jung Un's regime. At the same time, stories from North Korean refugees illuminate the human conviction to follow their dreams and desires despite a regime that tells them otherwise. But story telling is tough. Relieving trauma is painful. Communing with the public to find purpose and to heal hearts takes skill. Casey Lartigue has been working with North Korean Refugees for 10 years to provide the platform to build those skills. His organization, Freedom Speakers International is a one of a kind organization that helps North Korean refugees find their voice through education, advocacy and support. Casey Lartigue is an advocate and activist for educational freedom who has gained recognition in both South Korea and the United States. He is now based in South Korea where he is co-founder and co-president of Freedom Speakers International (formerly the Teach North Korean Refugees Global Education Center) along with South Korean researcher Lee Eunkoo. He is president of TNKR’s US office. He is the 2017 winner of the Special Contribution” Award presented by the Hansarang Rural Cultural Foundation, the 2018 winner of the Challenge Korea (Global) Award, and the 2019 winner of Challenge Korea’s “Challenge Maker” Award. He is executive director of Giving Tuesday Korea, co-chair of the “Bring My Father Home” coalition, and a lecturer in public speaking at the Seoul University of Foreign Studies. For more about Freedom Speakers International, visit their website: http://fsi21.org Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 26, 2021
🦄 They're not magical unicorns: Women leaders & The COVID-19 Pandemic. 🦄
Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, many noticed that countries with women heads of state fared better against the virus. New Zealand, Taiwan, and parts of Scandinavia, for example. When it comes to gender, leadership and the pandemic, what matters more? Who is in the top seat of power? Or the political culture of the system itself? Associate Professor Jennifer Piscopo suggests that we take a careful look at the latter. If gender equality is to be part of the global post-pandemic recovery, then ensuring it - at the constitutional level is a must. In this episode of GDP, Jennifer Piscopo talks about the true grit of gender equality. Jennifer M. Piscopo is Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Her research on gender and politics, democracy, and political representation has appeared in over twenty peer-reviewed journals, including The American Journal of Political Science, Politics & Gender, and Comparative Political Studies, and numerous edited volumes. She co-edits the academic journal Politics, Groups, and Identities and consults regularly for international organizations such as UN Women. A frequent commentator in the domestic and international media, her public-facing writing on women and political empowerment has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Review, Ms. Magazine, and The Smithsonian. @jennpiscopo Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 20, 2021
"It doesn't mean invading another country and occupying it": What democracy assistance is really all about.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq became missions to rebuild the governments and to promote democracy. It led many to associate the terms of "Democracy support / democracy assistance" with regime change. Dr. Tom Carothers suggests that this bad rap came from security interventions becoming political missions. A better way to understand democracy support is by looking at how organizations respond to political crises such as what is unfolding in Myanmar. In this episode of GDP Tom Carothers explains how democracy support works, where it has worked, and how it could work better. In cooperation with the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa, we're happy to present this conversation about democracy assistance in international development. Thomas Carothers is interim president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an independent global think tank based in Washington DC, where he oversees all of the Endowment’s research programs and directs the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. He is the founder and director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, which analyzes the state of democracy in the world and the efforts by the United States and other countries to promote democracy. Dr. Carothers is a leading authority on democracy promotion and democratization worldwide as well as an expert on U.S. foreign policy generally. He has worked on democracy-assistance projects for many public and private organizations and carried out extensive field research on democracy-building efforts around the world. In addition, he has broad experience in matters dealing with development aid, human rights, rule of law, and civil society development. He is the author or editor of eight critically acclaimed books on democracy promotion as well as many articles in prominent journals and newspapers. His most recent book is Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization (co-edited with Andrew O’Donohue). He previously worked as a lawyer at the U.S. Department of State and the law firm of Arnold & Porter. He has been a visiting faculty member at Oxford University, the Central European University, and Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College. "To learn more from Dr. Carothers and other expert speakers, you can attend the Parliamentary Centre's Global Democracy Dialogue's first event on May 12, 1-2:30pm EST. Check out @ParlCent on Twitter for details on how to attend" Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 10, 2021
Why the Greatest Political Idea of the 20th Century Needs a Bit of Assistance Today.
The Biden-Harris administration has a commitment to multi-lateral engagement, including the promotion of democracy. The concern in 2021 is that democracies are under threat - everywhere. What’s this threat? How do we address it? In this episode of GDP we look at the role of democracy assistance in international development. The Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa is hosting the Global Democracy Dialogues. A year-long program meant to strengthen bilateral ties between the US and Canada in the area of international democracy support, a mutual security and human rights priority area. The series of 13 dialogues will run from April 2021 to July 2022. The Global Development Primer podcast is proud to partner with the Parliamentary Centre to take a deep dive into the world of democracy assistance and development. To set it all up, in this episode Tom Cormier, President and CEO of the Parlimentary Centre, and Brian Naranjo, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Canada discuss what democracy assistance is all about. Tom Cormier is President and CEO of the Parliamentary Centre and believes that inclusive democracies deliver better development outcomes. He is a democratic governance expert with over 30 years of experience in over 30 countries in Europe, Eurasia, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Involved in national politics in Canada for over a decade, Tom participated in numerous election campaigns and worked as an advisor to several Members of Parliament, including serving as Executive Assistant to a member of the federal Cabinet. Brian R. Naranjo is presently serving as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Canada, and is the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs. Prior to Ottawa, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from July 2014 until June 2018. Previously, in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, he was the Acting Director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination from May 2012 to May 2014 and Executive Assistant to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Check out the Parliamentary Centre here. Follow the US Embassy in Canada on Twitter: @usembassyottawa. Follow Dr. Bob here on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 03, 2021
Post-Pandemic Paternity: The role of men, fatherhood, and caregiving as allies for gender equality.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced billions of parents into paternity leave. For billions of billions of children around the world their parents were at home with them while schools were shuttered. It saw an increase in parental caregiving like no time before. Women, who have always taken on the overwhelming majority of care giving duties, saw those duties increase. But for hundreds of millions of families with fathers it also involved those fathers contributing more to care giving as well. Pre-pandemic, the expectations of men to work and provide for their families, and often in work that put their bodies and mental health a risk, was standard. But in this pandemic pause, what can be learned from the value of fatherhood and caregiving? Gary Barker, the CEO of Promundo, suggests that this is the moment to embrace paternity as a means to improving caregiving, but also gender equality. As Dr. Barker suggests, smart policies are needed to embrace fatherhood as valuable "care", rather than policies that encourage men to risk their bodies, minds and well being to "provide" for their families. Gary Barker, PhD, is a leading global voice in engaging men and boys in advancing gender equality and positive masculinities. He is the CEO and founder of Promundo, which has worked for 20 years in more than 40 countries. Promundo’s approaches have been incorporated into ministries of health and education around the world. Promundo is a Global Consortium with members in Brazil, the US, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Portugal. Gary is co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign working in 45 countries to promote men’s involvement as caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 700 NGOs. He created and leads the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), the largestever survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality. He is a co-author of the 2015 and 2017 State of the World's Fathers reports. He has advised the UN, the World Bank, numerous national governments, and key international foundations and corporations on strategies to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality. In 2017 he was named by Apolitical as one of the 20 most influential people in gender policy around the world. He is an Ashoka Fellow and received the Voices of Solidarity Award from Vital Voices for his work to engage men for gender equality. He holds a PhD. in Developmental Psychology. Learn more about Promundo here. (https://promundoglobal.org) Learn more about MenCare here. (https://men-care.org) Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
April 26, 2021
Choose to Challenge: The State of Global Health for International Women's Day 2021
The theme is #choosetochallenge for International Women's Day 2021.For Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins, the CEO of PAI, universal access to health services is part of this challenge. In the time of a pandemic, she joins us on GDP to discuss why good health is at the heart of women's rights. Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins serves as president and CEO of PAI. Nabeeha brings 25 years of movement building, advocacy, fundraising and international development experience in public health, food and nutrition security and human rights. She has dedicated her career to driving equitable health, social and development outcomes for women, youth and vulnerable communities around the world. Born in Pakistan and raised in Mexico, Nabeeha has worked on development programs in more than 20 countries worldwide. She has collaborated with and advised heads of state, national and local leaders, CEOs and senior executives from across sectors, and worked side by side with community partners who are driving frontline change. Nabeeha holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University and dual master’s degrees in international affairs and public health from Columbia University. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 08, 2021
There's Safety in Numbers: Making the Case for Trauma Registries in Global Health
The data available on traumatic incidents is profound. Car accidents, wounding workplaces, bicycle mishaps, and home injuries can all be studied and analyzed for frequency, severity, demography and even geography. Cities in the the global North increasingly rely on data from trauma registries to make informed policy for urban planning and work safety. So too is it possible to improve global health outcomes in low and middle income countries through similar methods. However, the collection, storage and analysis of the data is a problem. There are so few registries for so many places, which leaves health policy makers in the lurch across the global South. Leah Rosenkrantz is working on making this system better. Leah Rosenkrantz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Her research involves exploring issues of global public health through both a spatial and ‘platial’ lens. Since beginning her PhD, Leah has worked on projects related to trauma registries in low- and middle-income countries, antimicrobial resistance, and most recently, COVID-19. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
February 09, 2021
The Downfall of Democracy in Myanmar.
In early 2021, after declaring the 2020 election a fraud, armed men rolled into the capital with the intent of capturing members of the government. No, we're not referring to the United States, but to Myanmar. On February 1, the military in Myanmar staged a coup d'état. Why? The associated Union Solidarity & Development Party took a thumping in the 2020 elections. The military quickly called the election a fraud, challenged it in court, and then staged a coup. But the very nature of democracy in Myanmar was meant to serve the interests of the military. Why a coup? Why now? And what's next? In this episode of GDP we're joined by Patrick Balazo, who was a Killam Scholar, and recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship in honour of Nelson Mandela. Patrick worked for a Burmese human rights organization in Thailand, and is an expert on statelessness and conflict. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
February 03, 2021
Trump's Last Act of Vandalism - Listing Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
You can't even cut the irony on this one. A week after Donald Trump encouraged, and then joyfully watched a violent mob storm the U.S. Capitol building, his administration placed Cuba on the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism. That mob posed a greater risk to U.S. democracy than Cuba ever has. As the Trump administration mocked public health advice, Cuba stood out as a world leader in the COVID-19 pandemic, sending its own health care workers abroad, and receiving foreign patients for treatment. Why in the world would Donald Trump and then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, which imposes serious sanctions towards Havana? Was this another chapter out of Trump's conspiracy playbook? Was it meant to create added headaches for the Biden administration? To help us understand this better, we are pleased to have Dr. Isaac Saney join us on this episode. Dr. Saney takes us through the absurdity of the Trump administration policy, and discusses what will be in store for Joe Biden's policy towards Cuba. Dr. Isaac Saney is a historian focusing on Cuba, issues of race and racism, and Black and African diaspora studies. He is the director of the transition year program at Dalhousie University which is the vanguard program for addressing historical injustice and inequities for indigenous and African Nova Scotian students. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 25, 2021
Go Further Upstream! The Policy Folly of Saskatchewan's 2nd wave of COVID-19.
There was no one way to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Jurisdictions around the world came up with their own unique approaches to balancing economic crisis amid public safety concerns. In Canada each province developed their own public health guidelines. Some worked well, others not so much. In Saskatchewan, COVID-19 crept in slowly, with only a few dozen cases reported. But in the second wave hundreds of cases were reported each day. What could the government have done better to handle the 2nd wave? Speaking from her experience as a Case Investigator, Helen Tang suggests that more focus on upstream determinants of health could have made a world of difference for Saskatchewan's 2nd wave. Not just mask wearing and good hand washing, but housing and investment in public education matters when handling a pandemic. Ms. Tang provides some excellent insight and policy suggestions based on her work during the pandemic. Helen Tang is a fourth year medical student from the University of Saskatchewan, and COVID-19 case investigator. She hopes to practice rural family medicine when she graduates. When she is not immersed in medicine, she loves to rock climb, ski, paint and do yoga. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 18, 2021
There is no straight line: The exciting, adaptable, and remarkable careers, of International Development Studies graduates.
Profs in International Development Studies hear the following question a lot: "What can I do with an IDS degree?" As important as this question is, a better question to ask is "What CAN'T I do with an IDS degree?" IDS graduates wind up all over the world and in all sorts of careers. It's not a degree that will keyhole students into a particular profession, but it will build the confidence, skills, and global knowledge needed to help students take their passion to the workplace. Dalhousie IDS Alumni Molly O'Ray is a case in point. Six years out the gate, and Molly has worked with organizations around the world on issues she cares deeply about. Recognizing her passion fo emergency preparedness, Molly is currently working with the Canadian Red Cross. It was no straight path to get here. Tune in to hear how this IDS graduate charted her own incredible path. Molly works with the Canadian Red Cross to support community organizations across Canada in their relief, recovery, and resilience-building efforts, following emergencies and disasters. This work follows her role as the program manager with Swim Drink Fish in BC, a national organization which advocates for the protection and restoration of our waters. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Environment, Sustainability, & Society and International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Molly worked internationally on community-led conservation projects in Borneo, Indonesia and Southeast Alaska. Molly also worked as a researcher and educator in tropical forest conservation at two off-grid field institutes in Panama. It was the remote nature of these positions which prompted her passion for emergency preparedness—a passion she carries into her current role. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 11, 2021
The Wrong Prescription: The Place of Medical Tourism Amid a Global Pandemic.
Cruise ships were left adrift in the Caribbean when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Ports were closed, airliners were grounded, and the medical tourism industry found itself short on patients. Medical tourism can be understood as the coordination of travel with the receipt of medical care for patients who elect to seek coverage abroad. The World Bank, and other development organizations, have encouraged medical tourism as means for greater economic diversification. Dr. Valorie Crooks chats with Dr. Bob Huish about why that diversification may be limited at best, and how the COVID-19 not only ground the medical tourism to a halt, but called the whole thing into question. Medical tourism may have promised better health care to a global community, but the COVID-19 pandemic showed the true limits of the industry. Dr. Valorie Crooks completed her PhD at McMaster University in 2005. The following year she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at York University. Since 2006 she has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Crooks currently hold the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and she also holds a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Dr. Crooks is a health geographer by training. As such, she is interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health and health care. She broadly conceives of herself as a health services researcher, and have an ongoing interest in understanding lived experiences of accessing needed/wanted health and social care services. Because of this experiential focus, she primarily engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research, or lead qualitative components of mixed-methods studies. Her research interests are best characterized by four areas of inquiry: (1) disability and chronic illness; (2) primary health care; (3) palliative health and social care; and (4) medical tourism. She has received funding from numerous agencies, and especially the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to pursue collaborative projects in each of these areas. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 04, 2021
Confronting the Desire for Development: Delving into the psychoanalysis of International Development Studies
Psychoanalysis has an important place in the journey of decolonizing international development studies. In subconcious ways the teaching, the learning and the practice of international development gives in to our desires. The thrill of helping others, the enjoyment of feeling superior to others. This all comes to the surface through the performative behaviour and automatic reactions in International Development Studies. How can psychoanalysis help to better understand the embedded desires, phobias and complexes that exist within International Development Studies? Prof. Ilan Kapoor's new book provides a way forward on this discussion. Ilan Kapoor is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. His teaching and research focus on critical development studies, postcolonial studies, participatory development, democracy, celebrity studies, and psychoanalytic theory. His geographic areas of interest include South Asia (especially India and Pakistan). He is the author of The Postcolonial Politics of Development (Routledge, 2008) and Celebrity Humanitarianism: The Ideology of Global Charity (Routledge, 2013). His new book is Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ Professorhuish
December 28, 2020
Mining the Truth: Why a Publisher Buried a Book Exposing Human Rights abuses by Canadian Mining Companies in Guatemala.
The co-edited book titled "Canadian Mining in the Aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala" was peer reviewed, and on its way to bookstore shelves until a surprise legal review came forward against the book. Springer Nature, the publisher, then informed the authors that they were canceling the publication contract, and returned the manuscript to the editors. What happened? Why would a well-researched book prepared by two highly accredited writers be suddenly quashed? What is in this book that is so worrisome to publish? Is the mining industry trying to hide something? Could this research hold abusers of human rights to account? And what is the message to other academics who are pursuing research on human rights abuse? Tune in to this episode of GDP to get the whole scoop. Catherine Nolin is a Professor of Geography and Chair of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, BC. Catherine was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and, since July 2020, is also Chair of the Conference of Latin American Geography (CLAG). CLAG is the premier organization for geographers engaging in research in Latin America and the Caribbean and works to foster research, education, and service related to Latin American geographical studies. Catherine is a long-time insurgent researcher and social justice advocate, including more than 25 years grappling with the afterlives of the Guatemalan genocides. Grahame Russell is a non-practicing Canadian lawyer and, since 1995, Director of Rights Action – an organization that works in Honduras and Guatemala in support of community / environmental / human rights / territory defenders resisting widespread harms and (often deadly) violence caused by different sectors of the global economy, including mining, hydro-electric dams, African palm, sugar-cane, bananas, coffee, tourism, the garment industry. Rights Action carries out education and activism work in the US and Canada focusing on how our governments and companies (and the US military) often contribute directly to and benefit from human rights violations (including repression), environmental harms, exploitation, corruption and impunity in these countries. Grahame is also an adjunct professor in the Geography Program at UNBC and, since 2004, worked with Catherine to co-lead delegations and field schools to Guatemala for Canadian university students. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
December 21, 2020
Not On The Menu: Why the global food system triggered the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viruses don't have a plan. They don't care who they infect, or how they get the job done. They only seek a host to reproduce copies of themselves and to help with transport to the next host. Dirty hands, uncovered mouths, and close contact can give viruses an advantage, but, as we discuss in this kick off episode of season 6, so too can our global food system. Haroon Akram-Lodhi presents a compelling case as to why a global capitalist food system triggered COVID-19 and why it will likely trigger the next pandemic from a virus that crosses the species barrier. Haroon Akram-Lodhi teaches agrarian political economy. He is Professor of Economics and International Development Studies in the Department of International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, where he is also a Fellow of Champlain College. Haroon Akram-Lodhi is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies and an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. Trained as an economist, the focus of Haroon Akram-Lodhi's research interest is in the political economy of agrarian change in developing countries, on the economic dimensions of gender relations, and on the political ecology of sustainable rural livelihoods and communities in contemporary poor countries. He currently acts as a Gender and Poverty Adviser to the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Team, working on gender-responsive economic policy in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He also is a Poverty and Gender Analyst for the United Nations Environment Programme's Poverty - Environment Action and a Gender and Women's Empowerment Adviser to UN Women. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
December 14, 2020
In Defence of 2020: Why we shouldn't blame a calendar for our global calamities.
The year 2020 and the word "unprecedented" go together like peanut butter and jam. No doubt a lot of firsts occurred in the past 12 months, and a lot of them were pretty awful. Australian wildfires, passenger planes shot down, racial violence, war in Yemen, civil unrest in Algeria, harsh sanctions against Cuba, and of course, murder hornets, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have foolishly associated these challenges to the calendar year itself. In this season of GDP, we're taking back 2020. This season will serve as a sound reminder that wildfires occur because of climate change, food systems make us vulnerable to pandemics, sanctions cause hardship because of short-sighted policy, and racial inequalities need to be overcome by restructuring the institutions that produce racism. None of this is because of a calendar date, but all of it is because of a global system of development that has become wildly inequitable. Tune in to GDP to learn more, and in the mean time, be kind to each other as we wrap up 2020. Celebrate birthdays, weddings, new horizons and each other. We all deserve better than blaming a calendar date for our hardships. We deserve the chance to ask hard questions about the systems that cause these problems in the first place. Thanks as always to TAS and the Semi-Superheroes for cutting the music to GDP. And remember, these podcasts are available as a course offered in the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
December 07, 2020
If you thought pandemic disruption was tough? Let's talk about climate change.
The COVID-19 pandemic is brutal and disruptive to everyone on earth. The effects of the pandemic, social and economic, could echo on for years to come. As we know, nothing in our lifetimes has had such a universally disruptive impact to global society. Bad stuff indeed, but nothing compared to what Climate Change has in store for us. Once again, we're pleased to have Dr. Anders Hayden going GDP for the season closer about how, and if, global society will be prepared to handle the disruptions coming from climate change. Anders Hayden is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is particularly interested in the evolving balance between efforts to promote ecological modernization (“green growth”) and sufficiency-based challenges to the endless growth of production and consumption. He has written on efforts to promote "green growth" in Canada, Britain, and the European Union. His interest in the sufficiency approach has included examination of policies and initiatives to reduce hours of work as well as research on Bhutan, a country that has established Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross National Product, as its overriding goal. He is currently involved in research on the political and policy impacts of alternative measures of wellbeing and prosperity (“beyond GDP” measurement). He is the author of two books: When Green Growth Is Not Enough: Climate Change, Ecological Modernization, and Sufficiency (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014) and Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time, Consumption & Ecology (Zed Books / Between the Lines, 1999), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance (Routledge, 2020). Follow his latest project about moving beyond GDP here: www.beyondgdpindicators.com Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @ProfessorHuish
November 03, 2020
The Colonial Present
International Development Studies is focusing more on the impact, damage, and legacies of colonialism, not just in the global South, but in the global North as well. At the forefront of this conversation are scholars like Ajay Parasram, who studies "The Colonial Present" and who brings important critical dialogue on colonialism into the heart of research and teaching in International Development Studies. Ajay Parasram is a transnational, multigenerational byproduct of empire and this is central to my research and teaching. Working broadly around the theme of the colonial present, I study structural forms of violence (e.g. race, caste, class, patriarchy) rooted or exacerbated through imperial encounters that have been sanitized of their colonial histories and normalized in the present day. Dr. Parasram is crossed appointed between the Departments of International Development Studies, History, and Political Science and he is interested in working with graduate students interested in similar and related themes. He is a Founding Fellow at the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance (2019 – 2021) and served as the Chair and Program Chair of the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association (2019 – 2020). He teaches courses on the colonial foundations of development studies and the state, M.K. Gandhi, postcolonial politics, and activism Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
October 27, 2020
🇨🇺 Cuba's Compassion in a time of COVID 🇨🇺
Every country has a tale of COVID-19. But none like Cuba. The country has a long-standing policy of medical assistance to other countries while maintaining good health at home. When the pandemic struck Cuba kept its borders open and even received cruise ships with patients suffering from COVID-19. On top of it, Cuba has been sending its own medical experts to crisis situations around the world in the fight against COVID-19. From Anguilla to Andorra, from Haiti to Italy, Cuban doctors are providing COVID-19 relief well beyond their borders in a time when most nations have closed their doors altogether. John Kirk is Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University, where he has taught since 1978. He is the author / co-editor of 16 books on Cuba, including “health care without borders.” He is currently working on a new book analyzing Canada-Cuba relations. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
October 20, 2020
Despite a pandemic, human slavery is alive and well. Here's what you need to know:
Human trafficking, and dependence on stateless labour has led to unprecedented wealth in the Gulf States. And with it? An exceptional social and humanitarian cost. From domestic service, to airport baggage handling to the construction of World Cup Stadiums, the labour practices require and encourage unfair labour practices. It's rampant in the Gulf States, will other nations follow suit? In this episode Laya Behbahani offers some insight from her research on human slavery and trafficking in the Gulf. Laya Behbahani is a 2020 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar. is a PhD student at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She completed her BA(Hons) and MA at the School of Criminology at SFU before completing further course work at the University of Vienna, BCIT and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Laya is also a Sessional Lecturer in Labour Studies at SFU. She previously worked at the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the UN Office in Vienna, Austria, was a Partner at a think tank in Washington DC and served as an Advisor to the BC RCMP Commanding Officer. Her research focuses on the narrativisation of the triad of forced labour, modern day slavery and human trafficking experiences in the Gulf States of the Middle East. Her research has explored the role of the sponsorship system in shaping the experiences of the migrant work force in the Middle East, and the policies and politics that govern the interplay between immigration, criminal laws and labour laws. In addition, she has collaborated on projects entailing the application areas of corporate responsibility and business models of forced labour in the United Kingdom. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
October 13, 2020
⚾️ Play Ball! Understanding Sport for Development and Peace 🏀
The Tokyo Olympics may be on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but sport carries on, nevertheless, even in the world of International Development. In this episode of GDP, Simon Darnell from the University of Toronto joins us to discuss his work on Sport for Development and Peace. Simon with a C. Darnell is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on the relationship between sport, international development and peacebuilding, the development implications of sports mega-events, and the place of social activism in the culture of sport. He is currently an Associate Editor of The Sociology of Sport Journal and sits on the editorial boards of five other journals, including the Journal of Sport for Development. He has served as a guest editor for issues of Third World Quarterly and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
October 06, 2020
Looking to the Future with Burdens of the Past: Addressing Post-Conflict Mental Health in Uganda.
Conflict comes with long-lasting mental health challenges. Even decades after a conflict, combatants and those affected by conflict can endure suffering. But where are the resources to help with trauma and mental health in post-conflict states? Who funds them? How well do they work? In this episode of GDP, Peter Steele shares his research on evaluating mental health resources in Uganda. Seeing that state services struggle to provide care to those in need, it is often down to third-parties to provide necessary care and treatment. Peter Steele completed his Masters in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. His Master's thesis focused on systems of mental health treatment for war affected youth in Northern Uganda. Peter spent most of 2018 in Uganda conducting fieldwork out of the city of Gulu. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 29, 2020
🇬🇭 The Gender Dynamics of Dinnertime: Looking at Food Insecurity and Gender in Ghana 🇬🇭
Somed Shahadu grew up in a rural setting in Northern Ghana. Growing up, he witnessed first-hand how gender dynamics mattered when it came time for dinner. In polygamous settings, who ate what and when was no accident. Now as a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa, his research explores exactly how gender dynamics play a role on food security in his home country. In this episode he shares the details of his research, along with a few cooking tips on Ghanaian cuisine. Somed Shahadu is a Ghanaian researcher and Doctoral candidate at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS), University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of King’s journalism program and also earned a Masters Degree in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in 2017. Somed’s research focuses on gender and agricultural production in sub-Sahara Africa with a particular interest in the gender dynamics of hunger in Northern Ghana. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 22, 2020
🇲🇦 Liquid Gold: A Story of Cooperation, Women's Empowerment, & Disrespectful Goats in Morocco. 🇲🇦
Benedicte Westre Skog first visited Morocco in 2008 when she first encountered the inimitable Argan Trees. These seemingly frail desert trees are tough. They bear the brunt of harsh desert climates and put up with routine abuse from inconsiderate goats that climb into their branches. They also produce a rare oil that is highly sought after as a cosmetic product. Benedicte connected with women's groups in Morocco to learn more about the mysterious benefits of Argan Oil, and today she runs Argan care, to help support women farmers, and to help move their product to market. Benedicte holds an MSc in International Development from Utrecht University, the Netherlands and an interdisciplinary BA Honors degree from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has also studied in India, Mexico and Norway. Benedicte has further been instrumental in the creation of the Norway Summit conference in Stavanger, aiming to create a space for business, new technology, finance and sustainability, particularly building bridges between Norway and innovation eco-systems around the world. In 2014 she founded the non-profit organization, Argan Care, which has reached great achievements in Morocco. Argan Care focuses on reforestation projects, literacy training and creates employment opportunities in southwestern Morocco, in particular for women. Check out Argan Care here: www.argancare.org Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 15, 2020
1.3 billion and not out: How India is faring through the COVID19 Pandemic.
It's a sticky wicket to lock down the world's 2nd largest nation, and the world's largest democracy for the COVID-19 pandemic. How could a government tell 1.3 billion people in India, where day to day conditions of poverty create serious health concerns, to stay home? Who suffered the hardest during this time? Why was there a fatal military scrimmage with China? And what are the surprisingly positive outcomes health outcomes that some communities experienced during the pandemic, notably in the state of Kerala? Professor Mannathukkaren’s main research interests are focused on left/communist movements, development and democracy, modernity, the politics of popular culture (esp., the politics of mass cultural forms like the media, cinema and sport), and Marxist and postcolonial theories. The thrust of his research has been to develop a theoretical and empirical critique of postcolonial theory and postmodern thought. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 08, 2020
It's Well Beyond Viruses: The Face of Global Digital Security Threats in post-Pandemic World .
In 1993 the Canadian Broadcast Corporation ran a brief clip about how something called "The Internet" was connecting millions to talk about sports scores, recipes, philosophy and gossip. In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone depended upon the internet in order to get through it. The deep dependency on cyber technology and connectivity raises security concerns. As Mark Raymond shares with GDP, these concerns are far more concerning than the idea of sinister hackers and henchmen unleashing the next virus. Mark Raymond (@MRaymondonIR) is the Wick Cary Assistant Professor of International Security and the Director of the Cyber Governance and Policy Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Social Practices of Rule-Making in World Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). His work appears in various academic journals including International Theory, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Cyber Defense Review, the UC Davis Law Review, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He was a Senior Advisor with the United States Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and has testified before the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, and participated in the Internet Governance Forum. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
September 01, 2020
🎓Teach by Example: Tips for Teaching Online During COVID-19 🎓
For this episode of GDP, we're happy to share a cross-over podcast from the series Radio FASS, a podcast from Dalhousie's Faculty of Arts & Social Science about teaching in an online world. As many university educators are teaching online, Radio FASS serves as a space to share thoughts and tips about on-line learning. For this Episode, Chef Ben Kelly joins the podcast to talk about how he, as a TV cooking show chef, works to engage his audience through video demonstrations and online chats. Could this be helpful advice for university educators? Yes indeed. Can it be helpful to students and practitioners in international development? For sure. Will your knowledge of potatoes expand? You bet! Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish Learn more about Chef Ben Kelly here.
August 25, 2020
Why Social Justice is the Best Medicine During a Pandemic.
During the COIVID-19 pandemic, it is telling to see who is faring well, and who is suffering greatly. Like most matters in health, social justice, structural violence and colonial legacies matter enormously in determining health outcomes. For over 30 years, Partners In Health has put social justice at the forefront of health, arguing that good health can be a reality for all regardless of wealth. National Director of PIH in Canada, Mark Brender, offers some thoughts about Social Justice matters in times of a pandemic, and for global health more broadly. Mark Brender is National Director of Partners In Health Canada, a global health NGO striving to make health care a human right for all people. Starting from a one-room clinic in Haiti more than 30 years ago, Partners In Health serves millions of patients annually across 11 countries, working to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train service providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Mark opened the PIH Canada office in 2011 and is passionate about raising awareness and funds for this effort. He previously held leadership positions with national and international charitable organizations. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
July 21, 2020
WE Have a Problem! Taking a closer look into Canada's WE Charity Controversy.
In July 2020 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a funding commitment of $900 Million to the WE Charity to administer bursaries for students who volunteered a certain number of hours. Critics immediately called out the lack fo transparency around this deal, and other charities were outraged that they were not approached and that all of the eggs went into the WE Charity basket. But beyond the finances, there are deeper issues to discuss about the WE Charity and the ME to WE experience, how it shapes images of International Development, and the ways it emotionally connects students to broader issues of global development and inequality. And Addy Strickland joins GDP to discuss these issues. Addy Strickland is a fourth year honours student at St. Francis Xavier University studying Development and English. Within her degree, she is researching the roles that art and story play in building and bettering community. Outside the classroom, Addy is also a student journalist, photographer, poet, and activist. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
July 14, 2020
A River Runs Through It: Geopolitics, Climate Change and Development in South Asia.
Climate change and geopolitics come together in this episode where we chat about water security, politics and development with Dr. Doug Hill in the department of geography at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Many see tensions in Asia as the consequence of geopolitical borders, but as Dr. Bob Huish chats with Dr. Doug Hill, it becomes clear that important waters that traverse borders and disputed territories play an enormous role in shaping International Development in Asia today. Associate Professor Doug Hill teaches Human Geography, Development Studies and Environmental Management courses in the School of Geography, University of Otago. Most of his research is concerned with South Asia, (including India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) with broader research interests in Australia and New Zealand. While working at Otago, he has held visiting positions at Universities and Think Tanks in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and India. For the past decade, he has been involved in research and capacity building activities related to transboundary water issues in South Asia and has published extensively on this subject. One significant aspect of this work has been as a member of the Water Diplomacy Consortium, based in the Hague, which facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues on managing the Brahmaputra basin with groups from India, Bangladesh, China and Bhutan. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
July 07, 2020
🇷🇼There's Nothing Healthy about Gender Inequality: Understanding the gender-dynamics of health & health care in Rwanda. 🇷🇼
The social determinants of health are complicated, interconnected, and tremendously important for measuring and shaping health outcomes for everyone. Researchers talk a lot about how good housing, good food, and good air all lead towards better health. But what about gender? Germaine Tuyisenge explains why gender matters so much for the health and well-being of all - by sharing with us her research in Rwanda. Germaine Tuyisenge is a Ph.D. candidate in health geography at Simon Fraser University. She also holds an M.A. in health geography from Western University, Canada. Germaine is a also Fellow of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (Kenya, 2015). Her research focuses on micro-level dynamics that facilitate women’s access to health services in resource-limited settings. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, Germaine worked with government and non-government institutions in Rwanda (her home country), Kenya, The Netherlands, and Canada. This work has focused on community health promotion, sexual and reproductive health, and women’s access to health services. Germaine is interested in building a research career dedicated to exploring the social determinants of health and using community-based practices to eliminate health inequities experienced by marginalized women. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 30, 2020
"Get Off Your Donkey": How to build a career in social entrepreneurship and international development.
"Working with communities", "social entrepreneurship", "consulting with the UN" are all terms students in International Development have heard and use. But how to get started? In this episode Soudeh Jamshidian joins Dr. Bob to chat about how she has worked on various social entrepreneurship initiatives as well as with the United Nations, and founding her own organization "Peace Geeks"? How to engage in global development through social entrepreneurship? It's easy, according to Soudeh. "Just get off your Donkey"....you'll see what she means. Soudeh (B.Sc., M.Sc. in Natural Resources Engineering) is a social entrepreneur and environment expert, currently doing her PhD at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. Soudeh’s professional life started at the age of 19 when she founded an environmental NGO called Daumoon in Iran, which continues to operate today. She has an extensive experience working on co-management and community development as well as policy making and awareness raising programs for environment management. She has worked as a project manager, designer and consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Global Environment Facilities. She has also worked as a project manager and facilitator for various IUCN and IIED projects. Soudeh's experience has taken her to Iran, India, Afghanistan, Mali and Canada to collaborate with local communities, policy makers, international organizations and academics in various topics related to resource management. Soudeh's passion for working on development grew substantially after she worked as Environmental Education and Outreach Expert for the United Nations Environment Programme in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. Soudeh is a co-founder of Peace Geeks and a moderator for Vancouver Peace Talks. She is also a member of the Board of both PeaceGeeks Society and PeaceGeeks International. Her PhD research is on multi-stakeholder processes and various policies used for public participation in resource management in India, Iran and Afghanistan.
June 23, 2020
🥕The Adventures of Herbert Gro-cart and Friends: Mobile Urban Agriculture in Vancouver" 🥕
Urban gardening dates back to ancient times. Community gardens are increasingly celebrated as a means to improve food security in urban settings, and especially for those experiencing economic hardship. However, many homeless persons are mobiles, and gardens are not. Kate Elliott joins us on GDP to share a story about making the gardens themselves mobile. The Gro-Carts of Vancouver are changing geographies of food security, homelessness, and indeed, happiness and community. You won't want to miss this episode. Kate Elliott is an educator, researcher, and writer, Kate is interested in the ways humans and non-humans weave the fabric of community. Trained as a lexicographer, she turned from stories of words to stories of people, working as a community health researcher before receiving her B.Ed. in Ottawa. After two decades teaching at high schools in Ontario and British Columbia, Kate entered a Master’s program in Urban Studies. Interested in re-imagining urban spaces, Kate’s research has looked at shared use of urban green space, the invisible labour of those who contribute to the health of urban environments, and the possibility of strengthening urban communities through opportunities for shared learning. Kate completed her masters in Summer 2019 and is now a PhD student in an Interdisciplinary Program at SFU. Sin Since 2015, she has been involved in Gro-Carts, an award-winning community project to engage people without access to land in mobile gardening. In 2017, she coordinated Simon Fraser University’s 7th Rethinking the Region conference, which brought together local and provincial stakeholders to discuss urban inequality. Her most recent engagement project, Hands on Vancouver, collects the stories of ordinary humans whose hands help shape the communities in which they live. Follow Herbert Gro-Cart on Twitter: @HerbertGroCart Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 16, 2020
Into the Online World: How to Approach Online Learning Environments.
In this BONUS GDP podcast, we chat with Rob Belliveau from https://yclo.ca/ to discuss tips and tricks for profs taking their courses online for the Fall 2020 term. Rob discusses how teaching philosophies and learning goals do not have to change in an online world, and in fact they can be strengthened. If you're planning a course for Fall 2020, check out what Rob has to say, and feel free to get in touch with him directly: firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Belliveau is a full time Training Officer with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and also the super administrator of their D2L Brightspace learning environment. Initiator of the business case, RFP, eventual implementation and now learning delivery, Rob has been instrumental in helping Halifax Fire convert many of their courses to an online or blended model. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 12, 2020
Dr. Travel Agent: Exploring the serious shortcomings of medical tourism.
Teeth cleaning, knee surgery, plastic surgery, organ transplants, and a miscellany of other medical services can all be acquired overseas...for a price! Medical tourism is the practice of crossing borders in order to receive medical care. In some ways, it is an ancient practice. But, in an era of deep public investments in health care services in rich and poor countries alike there comes risks, opportunities, and consequences for all involved. In this episode of GDP we are joined by Dr. Valorie Crooks whose research explores the complex dynamics of medical tourism. Recorded on top of Burnaby Mountain at Simon Fraser University, she chats with Dr. Bob about why medical tourism may not be a healthy choice. Dr. Valorie Crooks completed her PhD at McMaster University in 2005. The following year she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at York University. Since 2006 she has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Crooks currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and she also holds a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Dr. Crooks is a health geographer by training. As such, she is interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health and health care. She broadly conceives of herself as a health services researcher, and have an ongoing interest in understanding lived experiences of accessing needed/wanted health and social care services. Because of this experiential focus, she primarily engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research, or lead qualitative components of mixed-methods studies. Her research interests are best characterized by four areas of inquiry: (1) disability and chronic illness; (2) primary health care; (3) palliative health and social care; and (4) medical tourism. She has received funding from numerous agencies, and especially the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to pursue collaborative projects in each of these areas. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 09, 2020
📖 Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley (An Interview with the Author) 📖
Cool apps, nifty phones, fancy technology and even electric cars have often been born out of start-ups in California's Bay Area. According to Alex Lazarow, the global landscape of start ups is changing. Opportunities for venture capitalism, innovation, and investment are increasingly taking place in the Global South. In this podcast, we explore why Silicon Valley may be too old school for today's global start-up entrepreneurship. Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow is the author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley. He has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is a venture capitalist with Cathay Innovation, a global firm that invests across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Alex is an adjunct professor specializing in impact investment and entrepreneurship at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is a Kauffman Fellow, CFA Charterholder, and a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Alex is a regular columnist with Forbes, and his writing has been featured in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider, and Insurance CIO Outlook magazine, among others. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
June 02, 2020
Asia's Recovery from COVID-19: The Role of the Asian Development Bank.
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be under-estimated for Asia - the world's largest developing region. The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 for those living below the poverty line in Asia and the Pacific will be substantial. So what are development actors doing about it? In this episode of GDP, we're happy to have Bart Édes joining us to talk about the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and how this regional development bank is planning to address the post-pandemic development challenges in Asia & the Pacific. Bart W. Édes has served as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Representative in North America since October 2, 2017. In this capacity, he mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States. Mr. Édes has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government (cum laude) from Georgetown University. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 26, 2020
🇰🇵"Kim Jong Gone"? Pursuing human rights and doing research in North Korea. 🇰🇵
In April 2020 rumour spread like wildfire that Kim Jong Un died. Greg Scarlatoiu and Dr. Bob Huish didn't believe it. They were right. So how did the world get this story so wrong? In this episode of GDP, Dr. Bob chats with Greg Scarlatoiu, the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C., about the challenges of doing research in North Korea. Greg Scarlatoiu has coordinated 28 HRNK publications addressing North Korea’s human rights situation and the operation of its regime. Mr. Scarlatoiu is vice president of the executive board of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). For fifteen years, Scarlatoiu has authored and broadcast the weekly Korean language ‘Scarlatoiu Column’ to North Korea for Radio Free Asia. A seasoned lecturer on Korean issues, Scarlatoiu is a frequent commentator for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and other media organizations. He has appeared as an expert witness at several Congressional hearings on North Korean human rights. Mr. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 19, 2020
Turned Upside Down: How Universities Are Coping With COVID-19.
It’s season 4 of the Global Development Primer. And needless to say, we’re starting this season in a state that no one saw coming: The COVID-19 pandemic. There are no bystanders to this crisis. It has impacted everyone on earth in some way. University communities were among many who had to rethink "business as usual", and in this podcast Dalhousie University President Deep Saini is here to talk about how this experience played out within the university, and to offer advice for students going forward in the pandemic. Dr. Deep Saini began his term as Dalhousie’s 12th president in January 2020, A career academic and accomplished researcher in plant biology, Dr. Saini most recently served as vice-chancellor and president of the University of Canberra in Australia from 2016-2019, before coming to Dalhousie University. He grew up in India and has a Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology from the University of Adelaide in Australia. His leadership roles have included governance and advisory roles at national and international levels, presidencies of national professional societies, journal editorships, membership on national and international granting panels, fundraising workshops for university leaders and international trade missions. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
May 12, 2020
🇨🇺Cuban Medical Internationalism 2.0: The Development of Cuban medical outreach from the Americas to the Pacific. 🇨🇺
For over 60 years Cuba has offered medical outreach and assistance to other countries in the Americas & Africa. More recently the cooperation has grown to include countries in Asia, and now the Pacific. In this episode, Dr. Bob Huish reflects on researching Cuban medical internationalism for the past 15 years. He argues that Cuba's solidarity and outreach is truly on a global scale, but serious challenges to the development model have arisen as well. In particular the economic collapse in Venezuela is a telling example of how the economics of South-South cooperation did not go according to plan. This podcast is a GDP Roadshow Episode recorded at the Conference of Latin American Geographers in Antigua de Guatemala. GDP Roadshows feature conference presentations, keynotes, round tables, and chance encounters that focus on the latest scholarship in IDS. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
April 28, 2020
Beyond GDP: Why International Development needs a new way to measure success.
Bhutan has a Gross National Happiness index. The United Nations sought the development of the Human Development Index. The exclusive World Economic Forum ran a series about the end of the "love affair" with GDP. In this season 3 finale, Dr. Anders Hayden joins Dr. Bob Huish to talk about why development needs to go beyond GDP, what the consequences of it are, and what why we should all rethink development. Anders Hayden is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is particularly interested in the evolving balance between efforts to promote ecological modernization (“green growth”) and sufficiency-based challenges to the endless growth of production and consumption. He has written on efforts to promote "green growth" in Canada, Britain, and the European Union. His interest in the sufficiency approach has included examination of policies and initiatives to reduce hours of work as well as research on Bhutan, a country that has established Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross National Product, as its overriding goal. He is currently involved in research on the political and policy impacts of alternative measures of wellbeing and prosperity (“beyond GDP” measurement). He is the author of two books: When Green Growth Is Not Enough: Climate Change, Ecological Modernization, and Sufficiency (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014) and Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time, Consumption & Ecology (Zed Books / Between the Lines, 1999), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance (Routledge, 2020). Follow his latest project about moving beyond GDP here: www.beyondgdpindicators.com Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @ProfessorHuish
April 20, 2020
🇹🇳The Right to Rave: The Development of Youth Activism in Tunisia 🇹🇳 .
The Jasmine Revolution took place in Tunisia in January of 2011. It led to the democratization of the country and to open elections. How? Matt Gordner is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, who is doing research in Tunis about the impacts of youth-led activism in Tunisia. In this podcast he explains that activism is no accident, and that it is not just about public protests. Activists build and share skills, tactics, and innovations to pressure governments for change. In the case of Tunisia, some very interesting developments are underway - ones that encourage further exploration by students, scholars, and other activists. Matt Gordner has written a number of encyclopedia articles on social movements in Tunisia: the Union for Unemployed Graduates, Wein al-Petrol (“Where is the Oil), Manich Msemah (“We Will Not Forgive”), and Fech Nestanaou (“What are We Waiting For”), among others. His doctoral research has been supported by a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, an American Political Science Middle East and North Africa Civil Society Fellowship, a Ranjit Kumar Fellowship, and a couple of POMEPS grants and awards. Matt is also an independent consultant for a number of international and Tunisian outlets where he conducts research on radicalization and de-radicalization, entrepreneurship and innovation, and democracy, human rights, and development Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @ProfessorHuish
April 13, 2020
🇬🇹In Search of Providence: Mayan Border Crossings in a time of marginality, violence & exclusion. 🇬🇹
Guatemalans have been coming to Providence Rhode Island for decades, changing the land, life, and landscape of the U.S.'s smallest state. So too has this changed the geography of Guatemala as people continue to make their way to la "costa norte". Patricia Foxen has followed this pathway of migration for two decades, and in doing so exposes a challenging experience that is embedded in geographies of exclusion, especially for Mayan Guatemalans. According to Foxen, a Trump Whitehouse has worsened these geographies of exclusion. Patricia Foxen is a cultural anthropologist who has worked extensively with Latino immigrant and refugee communities in the US, Canada and Latin America. Her research focuses on the intersection of migration, violence, culture and mental health, particularly among indigenous migrants and at-risk youth. She has taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Toronto and is currently the Deputy Director of Research at UnidosUS, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the US, and a visiting fellow at American University. She is the author of "In search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities." Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
April 06, 2020
Addressing COVID-19 Globally and Locally: A panel discussion wrap up.
The panelists take questions from viewers about what other countries are doing in the face of the pandemic, what to expect in the weeks ahead, and why we should be venerating our nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, Uber Eats drivers, and anyone else who is on the front lines of this global crisis. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPY1gvkmr4 Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
Risk Governance or Risky Governance: How to Approach Uncertainty and the Precautionary Principle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What makes for good policy during times of pandemics and other such emergencies when it comes to managing risk? How do we normalize risk, and how do we measure it? In this podcast, Kevin Quigley gets into the nuts and bolts of how policy makers approach risk, and how they should approach it during the pandemic. Kevin Quigley is the scholarly director at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance and a professor in Dalhousie’s School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management. He specializes in public sector risk and crisis management, strategic management and critical infrastructure protection. He has published an acclaimed book on critical infrastructure, numerous articles in academic journals and studies for a professional audience; his newest book, Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure was published by McGill-Queen's in November 2017 and shortlisted for the Donner Prize. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPY1gvkmr4 Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
How to go beyond fighting illness to start caring for people: Why the Trump Whitehouse approach to COVID19 is a risk to itself and to the world.
Quarantines are ancient methods of public health, and they come with ancient problems such as isolation, marginalization, and stigma. During the Spanish Flu pandemic, most of the world was already sick and poor by today's standards. In 2020 the world has never been more inequitable in terms of health and wealth outcomes. So what happens when quarantines are ordered on societies facing deep inequality? And what happens when divisive political leaders spout misinformation that contradicts their top scientists and policy makers? Tune in to get a sense of how COVID-19 is impacting the global health landscape. Dr. Robert Huish's research explores global health inequity, and the role of social justice through South-South cooperation in improving provision of health care in resource-poor settings. Currently, his research focus is on how Cuban Medical Internationalism plays a role in building health care capacity in under-resourced settings in Pacific Island Countries. Many countries in the Pacific face catastrophic consequences from climate change. His current research looks at how donor nations are responding to this crisis, and how new forms of alter-globalization are emerging through South-South cooperation. Dr. Huish also pursues research on human rights and security issues involving North Korea. In particular this work exposes how North Korea continues to violate human rights, and how it pursues military aggression despite global isolation and international sanctions. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPY1gvkmr4 Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
We're hoping to have some positive results soon. Developing a vaccine for COVID-19.
Dr. Alyson Kelvin's research couldn't be more vital and important. Her research team is preparing evaluations and clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. But how do viruses and vaccines work? And how does this COVID-19 virus work? If you have 20 minutes, she'll take you through the details. You won't want to miss this excellent, factual, and crystal clear presentation on the virology of COVID-19. Dr. Alyson Kelvin's research investigates the intersection of host age and previous infection in the context of influenza infection and vaccination. She uses animal models, in vitro systems, and patient samples to obtain a picture of disease and its mechanisms. She recently discovered that lactating mammary glands are susceptible to influenza infection. This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPY1gvkmr4 Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
Outbreaks start at 4:30pm on Friday: Behind the Scenes of Pandemic Planning.
On this special GDP Roadshow podcast, Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed takes us into the details of pandemic planning, and how real life never "follows the plan". COVID-19 is Dr. Watson-Creed's 3rd outbreak. She takes us into the details of planning for disease outbreaks and coping with pandemics. Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed is the acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Nova Scotia and served on the One Nova Scotia Coalition. She is a dedicated leader and is passionate advocate for the role public health can play in advancing health equity. She is the Dalhousie Medical School's first assistant dean in a brand new portfolio, "serving and engaging society." This podcast is part of a special GDP Roadshow series featured a COVID-19 video panel with the Canada International Council and the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy & Governance. Check out the entire Video conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPY1gvkmr4 Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 28, 2020
🇬🇹Rolling the Dice on the Dinner Plate: The Development of Agriculture Financialization in Guatemala. 🇬🇹
Since when did grocery stores in Global North start selling mortgages, credit cards & loyalty programs? For Dr. Ryan Isakson, it's a telling example of how financialization, meaning how corporations increase their influence in our lives, is ever increasing. So too, is it occurring in the Global South, even with small-scale farmers in rural Guatemala. In this podcast, Ryan Isakson talks about the risks of financialization and how it is playing out in rural Guatemala. Ryan Isakson holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Broadly, he is interested in the political economy of international development, with specific focus upon agriculture, rural livelihoods, and food provisioning in Latin America. He has conducted research on market development, peasant livelihoods, and the cultivation of agricultural biodiversity; market-led land reform; agri-food certification; payments for environmental services; and the contemporary ‘flex crops’ boom. His current foci are (1) farmer vulnerability and the financialization of agri-food provisioning, and (2) the impacts of oil palm expansion upon food entitlements and water quality in northern Guatemala. He teaches three courses for the International Development Studies program: (1) The Political Economy of International Development (IDSB01), (2) The Economics of Small-Enterprise and Microfinance, and (3) The Political Economy of Food. His latest book with Jennifer Clapp is titled Speculative Harvests: Financialization, Food & Agriculture. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 23, 2020
🇬🇹Journeys Of Development in Guatemala. George Lovell discusses his book: A Beauty that Hurts. 🇬🇹
Eduardo Galeano said that Dr. W. George Lovell "did not choose Guatemala for his career, but the land, in a magic way, chose him to tell us about the shining voices that whisper in the darkness." In this episode, recorded in Antigua de Guatemala, Dr. Bob Huish chats with George Lovell about the 4th edition of his book "A Beauty that Hurts", which tells the story of how processes of 16th century colonialism in Guatemala continue to shape the land and life of the country today. The book's 4th edition continues to provide readers with rich insight into the painful journey of colonialism in the Americas, and how it manifested into outright genocide in Guatemala. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, W. GEORGE LOVELL (PhD, Alberta, 1980) is professor of geography at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and visiting professor in Latin American history at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. Central America, Guatemala in particular, has been the regional focus of much his research, though he has traveled to, and written about, most parts of Latin America. In 1995, the Conference of Latin American Geographers honored him with its Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award and, in 2018, with its Preston E. James Eminent Career Award. He has fifteen book titles to his credit, among them Conquest and Survival in Colonial Guatemala (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press,  2015) and A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala (Toronto: Between the Lines,  2019). Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 16, 2020
Martyrdom? Peace-building? Community Resilience? The Development of Masculine Identities of Activism in the Middle East:
When you think about activism in the Middle East, what are the first things that come to mind? Emma Swan asks us to consider, and then reconsider the very images that just came to your mind. Having worked in Israel & Palestine, Emma's research looks at how colonialism impacts the male gender identity of the Palestine Resistance movements. In this episode, GDP is delighted to feature Emma's research to understand how resistance and activism unfold in Middle East and beyond. Emma Swan is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is a scholar with the P.E. Trudeau Foundation, and the holder of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her research looks at masculinities of Palestinian resistance movements, and how orientalism of violence and nonviolence are constructed. She also works as a consultant specializing in gender and development in fragile and conflict affected states. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 10, 2020
The Iron Lady's Legacy on Development: Thatcherism, Neoliberalism, and Austerity. 🇬🇧
This week, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Bob Huish is joined by Tari Ajadi to chat about the lingering effects of neoliberalism that Britain's Margaret Thatcher brought to the International Development Discourse. From deep austerity, to re-imagining what the nation state is, in this podcast, we discuss the Iron Lady's long legacy (intentional or otherwise) in International Development. It's Thatcherism revisited. Tari Ajadi is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Dalhousie University and he is a Junior Fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. His research looks at the barriers to, and the opportunities for, targeted policies aimed at reducing racial health inequities. Tari has published articles in The Globe and Mail, The Chronicle Herald, University Affairs, and The Tyee. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
March 03, 2020
Hungry for Food Sovereignty in Development
Johnny McPherson read about how important organic agriculture was, and is, to food security in Cuba. But when he went to Havana, expecting to see bounties of organic produce, the unavoidable quantity of street pizzas and ham sandwiches made him curious. Does organic agriculture really keep Cuba fed? Maybe the question wasn't so much about understanding food security, as much as food sovereignty In this episode, Dr. Bob Huish chats with Johnny McPherson about food sovereignty, what it is, and what it means to better understanding the connection between agriculture, development, and a tasty meal. Johnny McPherson has two and a half decades of technical and policy experience working in both government and private enterprise. He is a distinguished alumnus of the United States Department of State’s International Leadership Program. His Master’s in International Development Studies focused on the social, political and economic factors of food sovereignty in Cuba. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
February 24, 2020
💔 Chocolate 🍫, Flowers 💐, Diamonds 💎& Disappointment 😔: Why the Political Economy of Love Ruins the Romance of Valentine's Day 💔
There's no better way to ruin the romance of Valentine's day than with this GDP podcast. Chocolate, Flowers and Diamonds are all "traditional expressions" of love and affection, and they are all connected to problematic commodity chains. Dr. Laura Parisi joins us at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia to take us through the reasons why some of the most popular valentine's day gifts can come with a heavy price tag (that goes well beyond 2 months of salary). Dr. Laura Parisi is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Gender Studies with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC Canada. She has published in the areas of gender equality, political economy, human rights, and international development. Her current projects include an article entitled “Canada’s New Feminist International Assistance Policy: Business as Usual?” which is forthcoming in Foreign Policy Analysis, and the co-authored forthcoming book, Gender, Power, and International Development: A Critical Approach (Palgrave). Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ ProfessorHuish
February 15, 2020
🥰 What's Love Got to Do with Development? 🥰
Season 3 kicks off on Valentines Day 2020 with Dr. Bob Huish offering Dr. John Cameron flowers and chocolates over a chat about the importance of Love in International Development. Mad Scientist Rick Sanchez called love "a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed", but Dr. Cameron's new line of research shows us that love is far more than that. It is essential for human capabilities, part of cosmopolitan theory, and there are positive ways of building it, protecting it, and even disingenuous ways of manipulating it. And it all matters for International Development Studies. Dr. John Cameron is an Associate Professor of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. His research focuses on public policy advocacy by international development and climate change organizations, Indigenous self-governance in Bolivia, the ethics of global citizenship, and representations of global poverty and development by non-profit and charitable organizations. Follow Dr. Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
February 14, 2020
🎶 🎸 Developing the Music of GDP: An Interview with TAS & The Semi-Superheroes 🎸 🎶
The music you hear on The Global Development Primer is original work from none other than good friend and BINGO colleague, TAS, from TAS & The Semi-Superheroes. Dr. Bob Huish wanted original music for GDP that captured some of the deeper themes of the podcast series. TAS & the Semi-Superheroes came through cutting three unique themes. Tune in to this trailer to learn more about the creative inspiration around the theme music, and how the music embraces concepts of global development. Check out more great tunes from the band here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQya_GzVD3eLVJjhvm122A Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
February 05, 2020
🇨🇭🚂 The Last Train to Davos: A Bonus Podcast about the World Economic Forum. 🚂 🇨🇭
Did you get your invitation to the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland? Neither did we. This exclusive annual meeting sets out to discuss some of the world's greatest challenges to economic and social development. World leaders, rock stars, economists, royalty, CEOs, and anyone willing to pay the $72,000 to attend (that's $52,000 for the annual membership to the forum, and another $19,000 to attend the event) can make their way to Davos for a week-long exclusive mixer. For years the World Economic Forum has been critiqued for its lack of transparency, overt elitism, and air of authority over international development. In this podcast Dr. Bob Huish, Dr. Isaac Saney & Dr. Adam Sneyd await their invitations to the World Economic Forum, and while they wait, they discuss the nature of the "The Forum", and whether or not the 2020 forum's slogan of "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World" has any merit among a group that will put 18,092 metric tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere from their use of private planes to get to the meeting. Dr. Isaac Saney is a historian focusing on Cuba, issues of race and racism, and Black and African diaspora studies. He is the director of the transition year program at Dalhousie University which is the vanguard program for addressing historical injustice and inequities for indigenous and African Nova Scotian students. Dr. Adam Sneyd is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. Adam's research focuses on the global politics of commodities, and has emphasized food, resource and development challenges in African contexts. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 22, 2020
🇨🇺 Classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, thatched-roof bars and...mid-term exams? The Development of Study Abroad Tours in Cuba. 🇨🇺
About 2 million people visit Cuba every year. Classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, and thatched-roof bars are popular sites on the tourist track. But hundreds of students and professors from around the world come to Cuba to hit the books - even students from the United States. In this bonus episode of GDP Dr. Sarah Blue chats with Dr. Bob Huish about leading study tours to Cuba. Both Dr. Sarah & Dr. Bob have years of experience in organizing university study tours to Cuba. This bonus episode debunks a lot of myths about traveling to Cuba and gives students and educators some handy tips for studying in Cuba. Sarah A. Blue is an associate professor of geography at Texas State University. Her research broadly focuses on how international migration and changes in the global political economy affect local socio-economic dynamics in the Latin America and the United States. Her current areas of research focus on gender, race, and migration, specifically undocumented Latino migration to the United States and socio-economic change, medical internationalism, and agroecology in Cuba. She also owns an educational tour company that has taken 12 educational tour groups to Cuba since 2013. She has been traveling to and conducting research in Cuba for the past 23 years and has been to the island around 30 times. Dr. Blue opened the company Candela Cuba Tours in 2013. Candela Cuba Tours works closely with Dr. Blue’s friends and colleagues in Cuba for the tours, many of whom she has known for over 20 years, and is able to share an authentic Cuban experience with the groups she leads. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 13, 2020
The Challenging Racism Project: Exploring the Consequences of Racism in Development.
Racism is a problem everywhere, and it is increasingly finding its way into politics around the world, including Australia. In this Season 2 finale, Dr. Bob Huish talks with Prof. Kevin Dunn at Western Sydney University about the "Challenging Racism Project". It's a project that documents the poor attitudes that some people have towards others, but also to understand the disadvantages and experiences resulting from racism, especially when it comes to immigration. Kevin Dunn is Dean and Professor at the School of Social Science and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He is heading up the Challenging Racism Project. He is Lead Dean for Global Rankings at UWS and Provost of the Penrith campus. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 11, 2020
🎵Vacation is all I ever wanted.🎵 The Delicate Balance of Tourism and Development.
Tourism can be hard on sensitive ecosystems. Imported food, carbon miles, water, sanitation, and single use plastics are all problems. But you'll never guess what plastic item for tourists is actually causing a lot of grief for environmental sustainability. Tune into to hear Dr. Bob Huish chat with Dr. Regina Scheyvens about her research on tourism and development in the Pacific. Regina Scheyvens is Professor and Co-director of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her work focuses on relationships between tourism, sustainable development and poverty reduction. She has worked on these issues in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Maldives and in Southern Africa. Her recent work looks at economic development on customary land in the Pacific. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 10, 2020
A Place without Time: Health, Development, and Climate Change in Kiribati.
This is, without doubt, the most remote Podcast that you'll hear on the series. Dr. Bob Huish joins Dr. Sharon McLennan & Cristine Werle in Kiribati, a country in the Pacific Ocean that is only 2 - 3 meters above sea level. The three met to learn about Cuban Medical Cooperation in the Pacific, and quickly became aware of the serious health and development challenges that impact Kiribati today. Cristine Werle is a Master’s Student at Massey Univeristy in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her research focuses on Cuban cooperation in the Pacific, particularly in Kiribati. She conducted field work in Kiribati in 2019 Sharon McLennan is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Massey University. She was awarded a Marsden Foundation grant on South-South Cooperation form the Royal Society of New Zealand. Sharon has a background in health – trained as a registered nurse and having worked in Asia, Central America and the Pacific. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 09, 2020
🇨🇺 Havana nights and Moscow Days: The Development of Cuba - Russia Relations. 🇨🇺
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, ending a long-standing special relationship with Cuba. The fall of the wall thew Cuba into an economic tailspin in the 1990s, and it signalled many to think that Cuba was on the look out for new partners in new places. In this special series podcast on the Cuban Development Model Dr. Bob Huish connects with Dr. Mervyn Bain about just how deep relations run between Moscow and Havana. Even though economic chaos ensued in the 1990s, it did not mean the end of Cuba - Russia relations. In fact, they may be stronger today than ever before. Dr. Bain is a senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom) and Head of School of Social Science. He has published various articles on Cuba’s relationship with the Soviet Union and Russia. He is also the author of four books on the relationship between Moscow and Havana with the book Moscow and Havana 1917 to the present. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 08, 2020
🇨🇺 The Development of Cuba's Emergency Readiness in an era of Climate Change. 🇨🇺
Master's graduate Jessica Hirtle has been through hurricanes, and she has been to Cuba. It didn't take her long to notice that Cuba seems to be better prepared to handle hurricanes and natural disasters than many other areas in the Caribbean and even in North America. In this episode Jessica Hirtle sits down with her Master's Supervisor Dr. Bob Huish to talk about her primary research on Cuba's emergency management and preparedness system. As they discuss, Cuba provides an important example of how nations, even those with modest economies, could be better prepared for natural disasters in the future. Jessica Hirtle is a graduate of the Master’s program in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. Jessica’s research focuses on Cuba’s disaster relief system. She conducted field work in Havana, Las Terrazas, and Viñales, Cuba from October to December, 2018. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 07, 2020
🇨🇺🏳️🌈 The Development of Cuba's Gay Revolution. 🏳️🌈🇨🇺
In Cuba in the 1960s an 1970s gay men could be sent to work camps for "re-education". Hostilities and discrimination against the gay community were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s as well. However, today Cuba has one of the most progressive approaches to LGBTQ+ rights in the Americas. In this podcast Dr Bob Huish talks with Dr. Emily Kirk to discuss how attitudes and policies changed in Cuba from being incredibly repressive to forwardly progressive. Dr. Emily Kirk is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is author of Cuba’s Gay Revolution, and co-editor of Cuba’s Forgotten Decade. Dr. Kirk continues to research the impact of the health-based approach to development within Cuba. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 06, 2020
🇨🇺 Cuba's Healthy Development. 🇨🇺
Almost 20 years ago Dr. John Kirk encouraged (Dr.) Bob Huish to head to Cuba to pursue research for the first time. Since then the two have worked closely together on issues of Cuba's place in the global health landscape. Both have published books on Cuban Medical Internationalism and dozens of articles on the subject. In this podcast they sit down for a half hour to discuss why Cuba sends thousands of doctors overseas, why Cuba offers medical scholarships to students from around the world, and how well the Cuban development model fares in taking care of their own. John Kirk is Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University, where he has taught since 1978. He is the author / co-editor of 16 books on Cuba, including “health care without borders.” He is currently working on a new book analyzing Canada-Cuba relations. This podcast is part of the special series on The Cuban Development Model. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 05, 2020
Inequity, Injustice, & Indifference. The Heart and Soul of Neoliberal Development.
On this episode, recorded in Blackball New Zealand, Dr. Bob Huish talks to Dr. Sean Connelly about neoliberalism. What is it? What has it done, and what are the outcomes of this economic theory turned ideology? No better place to discuss this concept than in the birthplace of New Zealand's labour movement. Sean is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago in the department of geography. He looks at community response to sustainability challenges. He is co-editor of the Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability. He has a regular column “Seeds for Change” in the Otago Daily Times on food and sustainability Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 04, 2020
What's it like being a front-line Humanitarian Development Worker? Watch M*A*S*H.
In this episode Dr. Bob Huish talks with Jessica Cadesky in Vancouver to talk about her experiences as a worker with the Red Cross, and UN agencies working on gender and violence prevention. Jessica's research looks at gender in post-conflict settings, and how humanitarian programs need to be mindful of gender in their scope and approach. Jessica is a gender and violence prevention specialist with over a decade of experience with the United Nations & The Red Cross. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Development Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research looks at post-conflict aid programming and the impacts of gender equality in Sri Lanka. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 03, 2020
Who Votes for Democracy? The Place of "Democracy Assistance" in International Development.
Democracy is a precious thing and it takes work to build it and to protect it. In our kick-off episode of season 2, Dr. Bob Huish talks to Dr. Gabrielle Bardall about "Democracy Assistance" in International Development. Working in post-conflict, and authoritarian states, Dr. Bardall has on the ground experience of enhancing democratic processes and elections around the world. Dr. Gabrielle Bardall is a Research Associate with the Center for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa and an independent consultant. Over the past 15 years, Gabrielle has worked in over 50 countries worldwide for a variety of UN agencies and international organizations, including UNDP, DPKO, UN Women, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Carter Center. She specializes in democracy assistance, especially promoting women’s political rights in post-conflict and authoritarian states. Gabrielle holds degrees from McGill University, Sciences-Po Paris and l’Université de Montreal. She received the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship for her work in the area of violence against women in politics. Follow Dr. Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
January 02, 2020
It's season two of Rick and Morty! No, wait! It's season two of GDP - The Global Development Primer.
It's Season 2 of GDP. Here's what to expect: More development in action podcasts by practitioners who lend advice on how to get jobs in the development field. And a block set of episodes dedicated entirely to the Cuban development model. 🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺 Season 2 episodes start on January 2, 2020. Tune in, check it out, and follow along on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
December 23, 2019
A Power No Government Can Suppress: Activism as Development.
In 2019 we witnessed protests in Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and even Nova Scotia. Why are these protests occurring, and how effective are they in making transformative change? In this "In the Now" bonus podcast on GDP, Dr. Bob Huish speaks with Dr. Jon Langdon about the efficacy of activism today. Knowing the local matters when it comes to Activism & Development, and in this conversation we discuss the bigger issues that go beyond street-level protest. What makes for successful activism? What motivates people to put themselves in harms way when it comes to fighting for change? This is a bonus podcast that goes far beyond the headlines of activism and protest today. Jonathan Langdon is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He has been working with social movements in Ghana for the last 18 years, and more specifically with a movement in Ada defending communal access to a salt yielding lagoon since 2008. His recent work connects with other resource contention hot spots in Ghana, as well as with Indigenous Mayan educators/activists in Guatemala. He also works closely with climate justice movements and Mi’kmaq First Nation Water Protectors in Nova Scotia, and sits on the steering committee of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource Action Coalition (NOFRAC). Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 19, 2019
School is Out! A Bangladesh University for Women brings about Impressive Development Goals.
It's the finale for Season 1 of GDP. Dr. Bob Huish calls up two good friends in Fiji, Dr. Sara Amin & Dr. Christian Girard. Both have teaching experience at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, which offers fully-funded scholarships to incredibly talented women from across Asia. In this conversation, Sara & Christian share stories and reveal important insights into innovative teaching for gender and development. Dr. Christian Girard is an independent researcher and development practitioner based in Fiji. His main research interests include development, poverty, vulnerability and livelihoods; governance, public policy and urban planning; and social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social business. For the last 15 years, he has worked, conducted and supervised research in Asia, Africa and Latin America on various projects related to poverty reduction, housing and urban management, education, women’s empowerment Dr. Sara Amin is a Lecturer and Discipline Coordinator of Sociology at the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji). Her research focuses on the areas of a) migration dynamics b) identity politics c) gender relations and politics d) and education. Previously she was a Fulbright International Visiting Scholar to Georgetown University. She has received research grants from the Ford Foundation and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Council. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 08, 2019
Development is Just so Modern: Modernization theory 101.
In this episode Dr. Matthew Schnurr joins Dr. Bob Huish to chat about modernization theory. Like other episodes in this first season, we're covering the groundwork for theories of International Development that have transformed the lives of millions for better and worse. Matthew Schnurr is an environmental geographer with research and teaching interests in environment and development. His research looks at political ecology, ecology, agricultural biotechnology, farmer-decision making and environmental security. His regional interests lie in East and Southern Africa. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 08, 2019
Feminist Foreign International Assistance Policy: Development's new era?
Canada has a Feminist Foreign International Assistance Policy that focuses on peace, security, violence issues, and economic empowerment that puts poverty alleviation at the heart of the policy. Dr. Laura Parisi joins Dr. Bob Huish in this episode to talk about the details, and how effective this approach is to International Development. Dr. Parisi is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Gender Studies with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC Canada. She publishes and teaches in the areas of gender equality, political economy, human rights, global governance, and international development. She co-authored forthcoming book, Gender, Power, and International Development: A Critical Approach. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 08, 2019
Disabilities within International Development: Chronicles of Nigeria.
Disability issues are some of the most understudied and neglected areas of International Development. In this episode recent MA graduate Anu Oduwole talks to Dr. Bob Huish about her work in studying disability issues in Nigeria. In Nigeria, persons with disabilities face enormous challenges, and the state is doing very little to ensure their well being. Anu talks to GDP about this situation and what needs to be done. A recent graduate of the Master’s Program in International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She is pursuing research around disability, global health and development, with a specific focus on the struggles and health care barriers facing Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria. Her undergraduate degree was from Carleton University, and she has plans to further her research in Global Health and International Development. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 07, 2019
Colonialism: Global Development's Painful Origins.
This week it is a window into the University class experience with Dr. Huish and Tari Ajadi. Tari offers some detailed clarification after students at Dalhousie University covered a chapter and a lecture on Colonialism in Development. If you're curious as to what we discuss in our Introduction to Development Studies courses, here's your chance to find out all about it. And what a topic! Colonialism sets the development stage in motion with painful and brutal consequences still felt to this day. Tari Ajadi is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Dalhousie University and he is a Junior Fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. His research looks at the barriers to, and the opportunities for, targeted policies aimed at reducing racial health inequities. Tari has published articles in The Globe and Mail, The Chronicle Herald, University Affairs, and The Tyee. Follow Dr. Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 07, 2019
Diamonds and Development Are Forever?
In this episode Dr. Bob Huish makes his way to Blackball New Zealand to catch up with long-time friend Prof. Tony Binns. Prof. Binns talks to us about his time and work in Sierra Leone, a country deeply impacted by conflict, food security challenges, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Prof. Tony Binns is the Ron Lister Chair of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has worked in the field of Geography and International Development Studies for 40 years, and he has published 21 books and over 150 journal articles. He was made Chief Majawah of Sandor in Kayima, Sierra Leone in 2014. Follow Dr. Bob Huish on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 07, 2019
Get Your Foot in the Door by Getting a Plane? The ethical conundrum of Voluntourism in International Development.
This week Heather Carroll joins Dr. Bob Huish in the podcast studio to talk about voluntourism, the combination of volunteering, tourism, and academic credit. Is this the heart of development? Is it poverty tourism? Is it a multi-million dollar business? These two educators dive into the details. Thousands of students volunteer abroad every year. Is it a necessary rite of passage to enter the field of development? Is it outright exploitation? Heather is an elementary school teacher in Halifax, who has taught at the elementary level in Cambodia and in Fiji. She is a 3M National Student Fellow. Heather is currently attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She guest lectured for Dr. Huish at Dalhousie, and followed up with this chat in the podcast studio. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 07, 2019
🎵 No Sugar Tonight in my Coffee 🎵 Any Fairness in Development?
Today Dr. Bob Huish brings in fellow coffee addict Dr. Gavin Fridell to talk about fair trade coffee, and the broader economics of the coffee trade. Thought of as an ideal model of development, Dr. Fridell discusses just how well fair trade has faired in International Development. Dr. Fridell is a Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University. A member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Fair Trade Network. Author of 3 books Coffee (2014); Alternative Trade (2013); and Fair Trade Coffee (2007). His research explores socially responsible trade policy, the political economy of NAFTA and Caribbean trade. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 06, 2019
The "Stateless State" of Development: Chronicles of Myanmar.
Today on GDP Dr. Bob Huish has Patrick Balazo on the phone from Thailand to talk about the very serious perils of statelessness. Patrick holds a BAH and Masters in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. He is a Killam Scholar, and Recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela, and worked as a Research Officer with a Burmese human rights organization based in Thailand. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 06, 2019
Two Thousand Years Before Development
In this episode Dr. Bob Huish speaks with Dr. Eli Diamond about Aristotle, the Capabilities Approach, and why it matters for International Development Studies today. Dr. Diamond is an Associate professor of Ancient Philosophy at Dalhousie University. His research interests include metaphysics and politics in ancient Greek philosophy. He is the author of “Mortal Imitations of divine life: The Nature of Soul in Aristotle’s De anima”. Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter: @ProfessorHuish
November 06, 2019
The Global Development Primer
A podcast that goes well beyond Gross Domestic Product! GDP, the Global Development Primer, is a podcast, a course, and a lens into the world of International Development Studies. Featuring experts from around the world, Dr. Bob Huish broadcasts from Dalhousie University, in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada, to bring you important insights into everything related to International Development Studies.
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