Civil society and development: more than a technical issue

If you’ve ever watched the seminal British comedy Yes, Minister, you’ll know that “technical” and “bureaucratic” are two words often associated with civil servants.  They are also two words often associated with international organisations, though I won’t name any names… Most of the time, I disagree with these stereotypes, as I know so many dynamic […]

Intelligence Squared debating democracy in India

You’ve probably come across Intelligence Squared, who run paid-attendance public debates in London with a range of pretty decent speakers. Their next one is about democracy, not in the UK but in India, and the motion is “Democracy is India’s Achilles Heel”. They have Patrick French and Counselage India MD Suhel Seth for, and William Dalrymple […]