Dan Banik

Dan Banik

Dan Banik is Professor of Political Science and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo
Twitter: @danbanik (https://twitter.com/danbanik)

Location Oslo (Norway), Zomba (Malawi), Beijing (China)

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  • Indeed. The challenge is to operationalize the good intentions, and not to cherrypick goals. See some of the publications by UN Global Compact: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/sdgs

  • You raise many interesting issues. The UN Global Compact has been working on some of these issues, which you may want to read more about: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/sdgs

  • Good point Paul, but there are several examples, in recent years, where large companies from South Africa, China and India have entered the Malawian market. Do you think these companies can work with the government to promote development? if so, how?

  • You may want to read this piece by Jack Donnelly on "cultural relativism": http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/mmt/udhr/preamble_section_7/concept_history_2.html

  • Not sure, but will ask Prof. Chinsinga to provide an answer.

  • One of the many programmes that has been prioritized by the government as well as some international actors in Malawi is Conservation Agriculture. See https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479716307472 for an assessment of progress and challenges.

  • You are right to point to the challenge that Malawi faces with a rapidly growing population. The FISP programme was able to promote food security for a while, but is currently struggling. Almost every year, some parts of the country face a food security problem. I am not aware of official efforts to address population control.

  • Great question Lars. Some would argue that the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that world leaders agreed on in September 2015 provide the appropriate framework for prioritizing both the primary and secondary sectors.

  • Here is a short video by Prof. Li Xiaoyun, a colleague of Dr. Lixia Tang, explaining China's success in reducing poverty: http://www.whatworks.uio.no/video/xiaoyun_li.mov?vrtx=view-as-webpage

  • Wood, of course!

  • Hi Rachel, Here is a short video you may enjoy watching: "What works in education?": http://www.whatworks.uio.no/video/prachi-srivastava-what-works-in-education.mov?vrtx=view-as-webpage

  • I will ask my team to look into it.

  • Thanks for the suggestion.

  • You can find many of these in the next steps (see "suggested readings").

  • Dear all, We have soon reached the conclusion of this short (3-week) course. I suggest you watch the videos and contribute to the on-going discussions ASAP. I also encourage you to periodically visit www.whatworks.uio.no for new videos and blogs on What Works in Development. Thank you for registering for this course. We have had participants from 144...

  • Hi Hanna, The course is soon ending, and I suggest you watch the videos and contribute to the on-going discussions ASAP.

  • Welcome! Please note that the course is soon ending, and I suggest you watch the videos and contribute to the on-going discussions ASAP.

  • Welcome! Please note that the course is soon ending, and I suggest you watch the videos and contribute to the on-going discussions ASAP.

  • Welcome! Please note that the course is soon ending, and I suggest you watch the videos and contribute to the on-going discussions ASAP.

  • Welcome! Please note that the course is soon ending, and I suggest you watch the videos and contribute to the on-going discussions ASAP.

  • We are grateful for your active contribution in the class discussions. Thank you.

  • Thanks for your active participation.

  • Thank you for the useful feedback.

  • What type of role do you see China playing in Africa in the next decade?

  • Agreed. I will request to interview her again and get her to reflect on more recent developments.

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  • I am interested to know more about your PhD project. You are welcome to send me anything you may have written of late or your thesis proposal.

  • I hope you have read about the Afrobarometer findings on governance in Malawi presented in Lilongwe yesterday.

  • Could you please share your article with the class? You could either provide a link or send an email to us. Thanks.

  • Great to see you here.

  • You may be particularly interested in the lecture by Benedicte Bull on inequality and a short video by our guest Alice Evans from Cambridge.

  • Great to have you with us Bob. You still have ample time to watch the videos and engage in the discussions.

  • That is the most encouraging response I have seen in a long time. Thank you!

  • I hope the lectures in this course will strengthen your desire to work on development-related issues.

  • Good to see you here Susan! Missing Malawi constantly.

  • Kerala's success has often been attributed to civic activism.

  • You can watch two lectures on Malawi this week by one of the foremost social scientists in Malawi -- my colleague Prof. Blessings Chinsinga.

  • Good to know! Thanks.

  • India continues to face numerous challenges, despite having lifted millions above the poverty line. Some would argue that India has simply not undertaken reforms as quickly and as successfully as the Chinese. There are, however, certain exceptions. On virtually every indicator of human development (e.g. life expectancy, literacy, etc.), the south Indian state...

  • Many in Zambia talk about the success of conservation farming or conservation agriculture in rural areas in boosting food production and promoting gender equality. What do you think?

  • Thank you. I hope you can complete watching the lectures in week 1 before you begin week 2.

  • Thanks for your very correct observation. Please see my summary of some of the issues discussed in class in week 1 and my response. This file is available in the final section of week 1 and the first two sections of week 2 (under "downloads").