Emily Jones joined a European High Level Group on Trade Policy Innovation in Helsinki (30–31 January) to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations. High Level Groups are temporary, public-private think tanks that facilitate policy initiation and reform. The meeting in Helsinki was attended by senior officials and private sector representatives from European and African countries (including Poland, Gemany, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Togo, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Algeria).
Recent research updates
Journal article on measuring digital inclusion
Focusing on the internet as a foundational technology, this paper sets out a framework of core components of digital inclusion—including access/use, quality of access/use, affordability, and digital skills. The paper then surveys the ways these components are currently measured in household and firm surveys and by international organisations.
Partnership with UN on new tool to mitigate the impacts of armed conflict
An eight year partnership between the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) and an Oxford University team, led by Dr Annette Idler, has produced a new conflict analysis tool aiming to aid the understanding, tracing, and forecasting of changes in conflicts across the world.
New paper by Janina Dill suggests Ukrainians oppose Russian control and territorial concessions, regardless of the costs
‘At Any Cost: How Ukrainians Think about Self-Defense Against Russia’, published in the American Journal of Political Science, analyses a survey of 1,160 Ukrainians in July 2022.