Episodes
The Refugee Crisis has been an ongoing phenomenon these past few years especially, which continuously makes the news in various formats. But what are the implications of being a refugee, and how does Britain especially deal with this? In this episode, Sara Al Soodi interviews immigration and asylum barrister Colin Yeo on this topic, including a discussion on Britain's immigration system and much more. Colin Yeo is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London and has most recently published...
Published 06/10/22
Marnie speaks with Andrea Philippi who works for Peace for Women Across the Globe. Started in 2008 this organisation is committed to the active participation of women in peace processes and to a peaceful and secure world for all. In this episode we discuss their projects in Palestine and Ukraine as well as looking at their campaigns in their home country Switzerland. We debate the tensions present in feminist thought in the area of development and methods of aiding women toward achieving...
Published 04/14/22
Is Democracy under threat? In this episode, Esther, our Europe Events Officer, speaks with Niheer Dasandi, a senior lecturer in Politics and Development at Birmingham University and author of ‘Is Democracy Failing?’ Throughout the interview, they talk about the challenges that contemporary democracy is facing as well as recent trends. There are discussions about populism, social media, the European Union, covid-19 and climate change. Key considerations include the efficacy of democracy and...
Published 03/17/22
On this podcast, our Events Director, Zilun, speaks to Prof. Julien-François Gerber about the viability of degrowth for developing countries. They discuss in depth how changing the way we measure and understand development beyond measures of economic growth can help tackle important issues developing countries face. Podcast by Zilun Lin. Music by Lorcan Cudlip Cook. Discover more about the Oxford Society for International Development at oxsid.org
Published 03/07/22
This week, our Co-President, Helena, speaks with Steve Killelea about the topic of his latest book, Peace in the Age of Chaos. The book is available at a 40% discount to OxSID members. Send us a message to receive the discount code! Expect discussion of the application of systems thinking to sustainable development; the relationship between peace, conflict and prosperity; the pandemic’s effects on terrorism; and how we can create more resilient societies in an age of unprecedented global...
Published 02/25/22
In this week’s podcast, our event director, Zilun, talk about ‘degrowth’, the radical idea which tries to understand development beyond economic growth. Instead, degrowth focuses on sustainability, equality, fairness and justices alongside simple measures of economic prosperity. To supporters of degrowth, it is the way to understand development holistically and with a sharper focus on well-being - all of which are currently overlooked by economic growth. Zilun is joined by Dr. Giacomo...
Published 02/20/22
How can people be empowered through community-led development? In this episode, Esther, our Europe Events Officer, speaks with Naomi Muando, the regional manager of ACET Uganda in Mbale. During the interview, they talk about ACET as an organisation and Naomi’s role there. There is a discussion about the community-led initiatives designed to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDs and reduce stigma around the disease through education. Naomi talks about the rise in teenage pregnancies following...
Published 02/05/22
We need to look deeper into the coverage of COVID-19 in Africa. From vaccination rates to incentivising policies, is there a disconnect between the coverage and what is happening on the ground? Even for journalists working within Africa, there is a delicate balance between maintaining the integrity of news and taking into account the impact of news on people’s decisions. On this podcast, Samuel Ajakaiye (Africa Events Officer) interviews Peter Mwai, Deputy Editor and Senior Africa...
Published 02/04/22
Why is sustainable development important? How can business mentoring and entrepreneurship be used to support refugees from post-conflict regions? In this episode, our Europe Events Officer, Esther, speaks with Zufi Deo, the co-founder of BizGees. Throughout the interview, they talk about Zufi’s motivation behind setting-up BizGees and how his background in business strategy and mentoring informs his work. There is a discussion about the BizGees business model and how this targets sustainable...
Published 01/31/22
How does change happen? In this episode, one of our events officers, Marnie, speaks with Dr Duncan Green, a strategic advisor to Oxfam GB on the topic of “What’s wrong with aid and other topics of debate in International Development?” Throughout the interview, they talk about how following a linear pattern is not the best way to go about approaching aid and how understanding the complexity of a situation and through focusing on what is already going right in an area, we can achieve the best...
Published 01/20/22
Why have only 9% of people in Africa been fully vaccinated when other countries are offering their citizens booster jabs? This lack of access to vaccines arguably points towards greater infrastructural issues which have led to underdeveloped healthcare systems across Africa. On this podcast, Africa Events Officer, Sam, speaks to Ade Adeyemi, global health policy expert working in the UK's Department for Health and Social Care, PhD student at Kings College London and founder of the African...
Published 01/17/22
Eric Zhang interviews Mr. Huang HongXiang to discuss his journey from being a wildlife journalist featured in the Oscar nominee documentary ‘The Ivory Game’ to establishing the social enterprise ‘China House’ that strives to present a fuller image of China on international platform. China-House is a social enterprise set up in 2014 which, through various channels such as field research, blogs, and public service activities, aims to refute stereotypes and present a fuller image of China on an...
Published 12/05/21
How can developing countries ever develop if so many of their doctors, nurses and engineers are moving abroad seeking higher pay? This asymmetric movement of skilled workers is called 'brain drain' and has spurred intense debate in recent years.  On this podcast, Zilun talks to Kelsi and Haley, lead researchers from Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center about their groundbreaking book project 'Talent Flows'. Exploring the problems and potential benefits of 'Brain...
Published 11/09/21
In the recent months, Afghanistan has undergone a series of political and social changes. In this podcast, we take a step back and start by looking at how this all began with the US invasion in the 2000s, as well as wider implications of this today and what this means for the future of Aghanistan. Joining Sara al Soodi on this podcast, is Craig Whitlock, staff writer for the Washington post since 1998, recipient of the George Polk Award for military reporting and three-time finalist for the...
Published 11/09/21
If development is to mean more than economic growth, then language should be on top of our agendas. The preservation of minority languages and the building of lingua franca is crucial for the cultural, social and civil well-being of societies. Development which values culture is inseparable from policies which preserve and languages. In this conversation with James Griffiths, the author of 'Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language', Zilun delves deep into the history and...
Published 10/26/21
Is censorship ever effective? What methods do the Chinese government use to censor the internet? Why does the Chinese government believe in censorship, and why do so many people in China agree? In the second half of this two-part series on internet censorship in China, Jemima talks to Rongbin Han about social, political, and economic factors that lead to censorship, and its wider implications both in China and worldwide. The speaker, Rongbin Han, is an Associate Professor at the Department...
Published 06/21/21
What happens if you criticize the Chinese government on the internet? Can the government censor any opinion that it doesn’t like or is there a line which it cannot cross? In this half of the two-part series on internet censorship in China, Zilun talks to James Griffiths about the anatomy of censorship in China and its implications on internet world-wide. If other developing countries follow the trend to censor the internet, what are its foreseeable consequences?  The speaker, James...
Published 06/18/21
What laws exist in Bolivia to combat violence against women? Where did they come from? How are they used by the women that they exist to protect? In this episode of our podcast series, our South American Events officer, Maddie Whitehead, speaks to Dr. Ashley Rogers about her PhD on Violence Against Women in La Paz. Dr. Rogers completed twelve months of ethnographic research in urban La Paz about the connection between women and the law when it relates to gender based violence. She is...
Published 06/16/21
When we think about those who are involved in the drug trade in Latin America, we often think of men such as those featured on shows like Narcos and El Chapo. In reality, there are lots of women who take on key roles in the drug trafficking business whose stories are often overlooked.  In today’s episode, on of our South American Events officers, Maddie Whitehead, interviews Dr. Elaine Carey about the history and stories of women in the drug trade. Dr. Carey specialises in Latin American...
Published 06/14/21
Diana Fox Carney is an Oxford alumna and an expert in development and climate policy. She is known globally for her work with a wide range of organisations, from UK and Canadian think tanks to charities such as Save the Children, as well as pioneering the climate cause with her husband Mark Carney.  In this podcast, Helena interviews Diana about her career, her views on some of the greatest challenges to development, and advice for those thinking about entering into the sector. Interview by...
Published 06/09/21
Yemen is currently undergoing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The most recent conflict, which has now progressed for more than 6 years, has claimed many lives and continues to deprive civilians of basic rights and needs. Our Middle East events officer Sara Al Soodi explores the reasons behind both the conflict and crisis, looking at both internal and external factors with Jared Wright, policy advisor at Mercy Corps. Jared leads the agency’s policy and advocacy work on Yemen,...
Published 06/07/21
Is there more to development than economic growth? Why are East Asian countries experiencing worrying rates of depression and suicide despite their drastic improvements in GDP? In this episode, our Asia Events Officer, Zilun Lin, speaks to Dr. Kent Schroeder and Prof. Jeremy Brooks about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness model as an alternative developmental framework. Will this be the silver bullet which brings about more holistic development? Prof. Brooks is an environmental social...
Published 05/18/21
Dr Lina Abirafeh is the executive director of the Arab institute for women at the Lebanese American University. She specialises in working against gender based violence across the world. She is in conversation with Jaimini, the North America Events Officer, and Sara, the Middle East Events Officer, about her experiences helping women stricken by conflict in Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan to name but a few places she has worked in. Interview by Jaimini Patel and Sara Al Soodi. Music...
Published 05/13/21
Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has recently gone from a reformist figure of the Middle East, praised by leaders worldwide, to a suspect in the murder of a journalist, raising questions about the true nature of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Our Middle East Events Officer, Sara Al Soodi, discusses the complex nature of MBS and what that means for the future of Saudi Arabia, exploring the nature of individuals in power in the Middle East with Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck, co-authors of 'Blood...
Published 05/03/21