Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou

Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou is the Director of Programme of Politics and Governance at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) She is a widely acknowledged expert on conflict, fragility and governance as well as the role of business in fragile situations for 25 years, and has written extensively in these fields.
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Is Democracy Equipped for This? Renewing civic infrastructure in a time of populism and polycrisis
This moment is one of not a single major crisis, but of many. Indeed, some thinkers have come to call this time one of “polycrisis” (“a cluster of related global risks with compounding effects, such that the overall impact exceeds the sum of each part”) or “permacrisis” (“an extended period of instability and insecurity, especially one resulting from a series of catastrophic events”). Whatever the term, it is clear that the manifold crises of this moment—climate crisis, forced migration, inequality, inadequately regulated technology, and othering of all kinds—are deeply interconnected and...