Sustainable Development Goal Evidence at the International Development Committee

25 Nov

Recently, Cat gave written evidence to the Parliamentary International Development Committee discussing linking Sustainable Development Goals with Open Government Partnership. The paper argues that two factors of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16: “responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making” as well as “effective, accountable and inclusive institutions” are essential for the achievement of the SDGs. The SDG framework showcases a […]

GTF 2015. Women: The New Capital

19 Nov

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Cat was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Global Transformation Forum in Malaysia by organisers Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department. The forum was the first of its kind providing a high-level platform for dialogue discussing how global transformation can effectively take place and operationalising that […]

The Future of Diplomacy

1 Apr

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New Tools for a New Global Order The international environment is changing rapidly as new technologies shape and enhance the engagement of both state and non-state actors. At the same time, the relative decline of US hegemony has driven instability and conflict, from which old geopolitical agendas have re-emerged.  Diplomats and Diplomatic Services, under ever […]

Public Service Excellence Post-2015

14 Mar

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What Lies Ahead for Public Services: Public Service Excellence and Post-2015 Development Agenda In keeping with our focus this weekend on the Post-2015 agenda, another event worth reflecting on was the workshop ‘Public Service Excellence for the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ which brought together over 80 participants from 33 countries. Co-sponsored by the UNDP Global Centre […]

Post-2015 Experts Meeting on Strengthening Capacities & Building Effective Institutions

13 Mar

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  Over the next two days FromOverHere are present at the King’s College London conference Post-2015 Development Challenges in Conflict Zones. The Post-2015 agenda is an area of particular interest for Cat, and she has been making notable contributions to the debate surrounding the advent of the new sustainability goals. In September 2014, Cat participated […]

Notes from Singapore 1: Public Service Excellence Post-2015

13 Jan

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    Reflections on the UNDP Public Service Excellence and the Post-2015 Development Agenda workshop in Singapore, 17-19 November 2014.   I’m keen to share some insights from an event I recently attended. I was invited to the UNDP Global Centre’s three day ‘Public Service Excellence and the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ workshop in Singapore to facilitate […]

When Scotland Leaves the UK: a Wikistrat simulation

16 Sep

Earlier this year, Wikistrat ran a three-week long crowdsourced simulation to map the opportunities available to an independent Scotland, risks it might face and the likely trajectories it could take as a new state. Cat was the supporting lead analyst for this project.

‘With Wikistrat, crowdsourcing gets geopolitical’ – FT

15 Sep

The Financial Times has published an article on the innovative crowdsourcing forecasting method of Wikistrat, an organisation that Cat is actively involved with. ‘I agree with the sentiment in the article’ commented Cat, ‘We need more innovation and networks of views into the foreign policy dialogue space.’