Dr Joseph Hanlon

Visiting Senior Research Fellow


Joseph Hanlon is both a journalist and a development researcher which he has combined in more than a dozen books on southern Africa and on aid and development. His next book is Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our Heads Above Water to be published in late 2016.  Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land was published in 2013.  His 2010 book Just Give Money to the Poor on cash transfers (child benefit, non-contributory pension, etc) was on the Guardian 2011 list of "Development studies: Key first-year reads" and has been influential in changing the view the poor countries could not afford social protection. Joseph has been writing about Mozambique since 1978. He was a stringer for the Guardian and BBC there for five years, and is now the most cited social science academic on Mozambique. His most recent Mozambique book is Chickens and beer: A recipe for agricultural growth in Mozambique (in Portuguese Galinhas e cerveja: uma receita para o crescimento). His previous book Do bicycles equal development in Mozambique? and the Portuguese edition Há mais bicicletas -  mas há desenvolvimento? was a best seller in Mozambique. He has been the editor of the Mozambique Political Process Bulletin since 1992. Joseph was also policy advisor of the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel the debt of the poorest countries by the year 2000 (which was partly successful) and was head of the Commonwealth Independent Expert Study on Sanctions Against South Africa in the late 1980s. Joseph Hanlon's PhD is in physics, and he is also a visiting senior fellow at the Department of International Development of the London School of Economics.

Joseph Hanlon is active in four areas of research:

Mozambique: Joseph has been writing about Mozambique since 1978, and is now the most cited social science academic on that country. His most recent book is Do bicycles equal development in Mozambique. The Portuguese edition Há mais bicicletas -  mas há desenvolvimento? was a best seller in Mozambique. He has been the editor of the Mozambique Political Process Bulletin since 1992. The Bulletin is free. To subscribe, write to:j.hanlon@open.ac.uk. His Mozambique website is http://www.open.ac.uk/technology/mozambique He is a member of the advisory councils of the Centro de Integridade Pública in Maputo and of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters based in Johannesburg. 

Cash transfers, such as child benefit and social pension, as an Southern alternative to aid and development policies of the North. The book Just give money to the poor was written with Armando Barrientos and David Hulme of the Brooks World Poverty Institute of the University of Manchester, Joseph has advised the governments of South Sudan and Zimbabwe on cash transfers.

Debt, international financial institutions, the aid industry: Joseph developed the concept of ‘illegitimate debt’ – that is, international loans which are odious or otherwise unacceptable and thus should not be repaid and are the liability of the lender, not the borrower. Based in part on his research, this concept was adopted by the Norwegian government in 2006. Dr Hanlon was policy advisor and economist for the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel poor country debt. He has also written extensively on aid policy and aid channels, and is now developing the concept of universal cash transfers to the poor in Africa.

Civil wars: Joseph has written both on the roots of civil wars and on post-war intervention, which is linked to his work on aid.

 

<p>Joseph Hanlon was principle author of the course TU875 War, Intervention &amp; Development in the Development Management MSc programme - first presentation was November 2005 &ndash; and was a member of the course team of TD 223 International Development &ndash; first presentation 2012 and has written two chapters for the course text books.</p>
 

Discussion: Just Give Money to the Poor

he panel discuss the two newly published books Just Give Money to the Poor and What Works for the Poorest . This event - Just give money to the poor and what works for the poorest. 

Dr. Joseph Hanlon, senior Lecturer,Development Policy and Practice at Open University is one of the participant and author of Just Give Money to the Poor. 

Just Give Money to the Poor

Joseph Hanlon, author of Just Give Money to the Poor ;and Senior Lecturer at the Open University introduces his new book. This event - Just give money to the poor and what works for the poorest: Book launch - was held on the 15th June 2010, from 13.00-14.30 at ODI's offices in London.

 

Land Distribution in Zimbabwe

Dr. Joseph Hanlon, senior Lecturer,Development Policy and Practice at Open University, gives the historical background of land redistribution in Zimbabwe. He argues that several prominent Settlers have predicted that land ownership will be contentious issue in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land

Speakers: Dr Joseph Hanlon, Dr Jeanette Manjengwa, Teresa Smart

Recorded on Monday 28 January 2013 in New Theatre, East Building.

 

A discussion with the authors of the new book, Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land which offers a nuanced assessment of land reform, countering the dominant media narratives of oppression and economic stagnation in Zimbabwe.

Joseph Hanlon is a...

Dr Joseph Hanlon

Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

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