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“Talking bollocks” about Band Aid 30

“Talking bollocks” about Band Aid 30

By Jane Silloway Smith


Criticisms abound for Band Aid 30’s hit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The pop artists who took part could…

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What do you know about TOMS?

What do you know about TOMS?

By Danielle van Dalen


A few days ago I was introduced to the work of Blake Mycoskie, “the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of…

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What I didn’t know about Syria

What I didn’t know about Syria

By Jeremy Vargo


“Isn’t it terrible what’s going on in Syria?” Until yesterday, my answer to that inevitable question was simply to nod,…

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Turning off the taps

Turning off the taps


Billionaire  Lord Michael Ashcroft made quite the splash recently when he requested that the UK government “‘turn off the golden…

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Being Better Neighbours

Being Better Neighbours

By Jane Silloway Smith


As a member of the international community, New Zealand has a role to play in overseas development. A new policy…

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Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

By Guest Author


The Spirit Level, published in 2009, argues that what matters for human well-being is not ongoing increases in average income,…

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A heart and mind for the poor

A heart and mind for the poor

By Jane Silloway Smith


New Zealand is a wealthy country in a world with much need. Confronted by this, many are concerned about the…

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Issues Paper: <em>Money from helicopters?</em>

Issues Paper: Money from helicopters?

By Jane Silloway Smith


Foreign aid is a topic that for decades has generated much concern, study, conversation and debate amongst practitioners and experts…

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