Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins is director of the Overseas Development Institute

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A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, showing the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram is a vicious sideshow - Nigeria's self-serving elite is the real culprit

The teenage girls abducted in Borno state were part of a tiny minority making it to secondary education

Residents gather amongst the devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.

We came to Warsaw but we did not conquer: These climate change talks are not fit for purpose

Future generations will ask how we did so little to mitigate global warming

Malala Yousafzai speaking at The United Nations last week

On one side, Malala. Allied on the other - the Taliban and tax avoidance

Pakistan's Government is stymeing education on a greater scale than Malala's attackers

Education is a global priority; Podium

Oxfam's senior policy adviser, addressing an Oxfam/Co-operative Society meeting

Letter: Pain for Asia

Letter: Pain for Asia

The West can halt Africa's slide

Fifty years ago the Marshall Plan rebuilt Europe. But five years on the Rio Summit is a failure. Kevin Watkins (left) and Nicholas Schoon (below) ask if international co-operation is dead

Who'd be a son of a bitch banker?

James Wolfensohn expected acclaim, but found himself attacked. Kevin Watkins explains why

ANOTHER VIEW: Whose property is life?

Where is it going to stop? Last week, the US government quietly patented the DNA of a man living in the remote north of Papua New Guinea. Today, the European Patent Office decides on whether to confer on Harvard University intellectual property rights in a genetically manipulated mouse. Slowly, unobtrusively, behind a dense fog of technical arguments, the laws of genetic life are being revolutionised.
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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