Friday 22 January
We discuss Joe Biden’s first full day in the Oval Office and ask how he can repair the relationship between the Democrats and GOP. Plus: we hear about the EU’s latest plans for a unified approach to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and get the latest behind the headlines.
LSE Podcasts
LSE Podcasts
LSE Podcasts
Public Authority Podcast | Episode 2
In the second of two episodes on the ‘localisation agenda’, this episode examines the barriers to the localisation of aid in South Sudan, including the assumptions made by donors and international agencies about South Sudanese NGOs. It explores how South Sudanese NGOs deal with security risks and how they secure funding to carry out their activities. Dr Naomi Pendle focuses on public authority, patterns of violence and local governance in South Sudan. Naomi has conduced ethnographic research in South Sudan since 2009, with a focus on Nuer and Dinka communities. Dr Lydia Tanner leads The Research People. She has delivered more than 40 research and consultancy projects for local, national and international NGOs and donors. Lydia completed a PhD in information engineering at Oxford University. Mr Malish John Peter is a researcher, evaluation and public policy expert with 14 years of experience in M&E, policy analysis, research and program management across sectors including health, agriculture, food security and livelihoods, civil society, governance and education. Alice Robinson is a PhD student at the Department of International Development at LSE. Her doctoral research focuses on the histories and everyday practices of local NGOs in South Sudan, and their role in humanitarian response. Syerramia Ohene (presenter and producer) is an accomplished freelance writer, editor, podcast producer, communications consultant and trainer who specialises in higher education, media and sport sectors.
30 min
New Foundations
New Foundations
The Economist Intelligence Unit
After The Car
Brightly coloured, electrically-assisted bikes and scooters, rented via smartphone platforms, are crowding out street corners in cities across the globe – making cities greener and more liveable. But many questions remain around vehicle safety and governance, whether the business models really work, and whether they are really as environmentally friendly as they claim to be. In this episode we explore the forces shaping the future of urban mobility with analyst Horace Dediu, policy advisor Sharon Masterson, micromobility entrepreneur Amit Gupta and urban theorist Carlos Moreno. This episode is supported by Pictet Wealth Management and also includes commentary from market strategist Julien Holtz. Disclaimer: The findings and views expressed in the podcast are for information only and are not intended as an offer or solicitation or any legal, tax or financial advice. Whilst efforts have been taken to verify the accuracy of this information, neither The Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd., nor its affiliates, nor the Pictet Group can accept any responsibility or liability for the use of, or reliance by any person on, the information contained in this podcast. The findings and views expressed in the report do not necessarily reflect the views of the Pictet Group. The content of this podcast is not intended for persons who are citizens of, domiciled or resident in, or entities registered in a country or a jurisdiction in which its distribution, publication, provision or use would violate current laws and regulations.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
28 min
The Sound of Economics
The Sound of Economics
Can central banks save the planet?
Central bankers now seem keen to take on responsibility for policy objectives they have previously shied away from – in particular, tackling climate change. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde acknowledged in January that central bankers will have to look beyond their traditional duties to address the challenge. ECB Executive Board Member Isabel Schnabel said in September 2020 that central banks should be an active part of the collective effort to reduce carbon emissions. Executive Board Member Fabio Panetta said ECB analysis can help make climate-risk valuations more accurate. Should central banks continue accommodating corporate bonds and bank loans of high carbon companies as collateral, or should they reduce them? Giuseppe Porcaro ( , is joined by Rebecca Christie ( , Jean Pisani-Ferry ( and Dirk Schoenmaker ( to discuss the hot topic of the role of central banks in greening finance and possibly contribute to decarbonisation. The three guests of this episode recently published a series of blog posts which tackle the issue from complementary perspective: Christie, R. (2021) ‘US separates climate concerns from financial oversight in contrast to EU activism ( ’, Bruegel Blog, 18 February Pisani-Ferry, J. (2021) ‘Central banking’s brave new world ( ’, 24 February Schoenmaker, D. (2021) ‘A brown or a green European Central Bank? ( ’ Bruegel Blog, 24 February
37 min
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