Development

Refugees are Givers, not just Takers

LSE’s Joanna Lewis reports from a World Refugee Day event which showcased the vital role of refugees in rebuilding their home communities.

 

“I am here to contribute. I am here to give back. I am here to give a hand to refugees to help rebuild their lives. “

These were just some of powerful statements delivered by Ms Shukri Adan, a […]

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    How DFID works with non-state power holders in fragile and conflict-afflicted places

How DFID works with non-state power holders in fragile and conflict-afflicted places

Duncan Green interviews DFID’s Wilf Mwamba about how donors understand and work with public authority.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

One of the highlights of the recent conference on accountability and empowerment in fragile/conflict states was hanging out with a true ‘development entrepreneur’, Wilf Mwamba. Wilf, a rising star […]

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    Escaping the Fragility Trap? Why is it so hard to think constructively about fragile states?

Escaping the Fragility Trap? Why is it so hard to think constructively about fragile states?

Duncan Green reviews a new report from the International Growth Centre which examines how countries can escape the trap of fragility.

Just been reading the report of the ‘Commission on Fragility, Growth and Development’. Hosted by LSE and Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government; big name chairs (David Cameron, Donald Kaberuka and the LSE’s Adnan Khan). And I think it’s a bit […]

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    Civil society organisations can have a pivotal role in #Zimbabwe’s transition towards building a democratic nation

Civil society organisations can have a pivotal role in #Zimbabwe’s transition towards building a democratic nation

As Zimbabwe continues to adjust to the country’s new leader, Ringisai Chikohomero argues that the change of regime has opened an opportunity for civil society organisations to engage with the government.

For decades, Zimbabwe has been dominated by personality politics and patronage networks which have curtailed the country’s progress. The ‘military-assisted transition’, as it is called, of November 2017 which […]

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    Africa can spearhead a new technology revolution, but it will require large-scale investment from governments

Africa can spearhead a new technology revolution, but it will require large-scale investment from governments

As tech solutions by African entrepreneurs are replicated globally, Nwamaka Ogbonna points out the missing piece in the continent’s bid to leapfrog development.

 

Economists hardly agree on anything but if there is one thing most of them agree on, it is that technology and innovation are critical for economic growth and development. This perhaps explains why the latest innovations out […]

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    Refocusing scholarly attention on Kenya’s smallholder settlement schemes is long overdue

Refocusing scholarly attention on Kenya’s smallholder settlement schemes is long overdue

LSE’s Catherine Boone highlights how a new research collaboration with the Kenya Land Commission will shine new light on a central pillar of the Kenya government’s efforts to address land injustice.

 

Smallholder settlement schemes have played a central role in the economic and political development strategies in postcolonial Kenya.  In the transition to independence, settlement schemes help de-racialise land ownership […]

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    Book Review – Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses by Hilary Matfess

Book Review – Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses by Hilary Matfess

Richard Moncrieff says this book gives a provocative insight into women’s life in Boko Haram.

At the end of January 2015 I attended a meeting in Ndjamena in the presence of Moussa Faki, then Chadian Foreign Minister, now head of the African Union Commission (AUC). The subject was Boko Haram, which had just invaded the town on Baga on the […]

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    Using Google Trends to Measure Ethnic and Religious Identity in sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials and Limitations

Using Google Trends to Measure Ethnic and Religious Identity in sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials and Limitations

Google Trends has already been used by social science researchers to measure racism within a community. In this article LSE’s Elliott Green demonstrates how this online tool is useful in measuring other personal attributes that can be challenging to assess.

 

One of the more interesting online tools that has become available to social science researchers in recent years is Google Trends (GT), […]

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    Rwanda and Arsenal: Why a budding developmental state is sponsoring a football team

Rwanda and Arsenal: Why a budding developmental state is sponsoring a football team

As Rwanda becomes the latest developmental state to sponsor a football team, Pritish Behuria explores the logic behind the deal.

 

On 23 May 2018, The Rwandan Development Board announced that it had signed a ‘Visit Rwanda’ sleeve sponsorship deal – worth around 10 million pounds a year for three years – with Arsenal FC, the world’s best football club (I am clearly not an […]

Africa at Work for Women

Following the 2018 LSE Africa Summit which explored the unemployment challenge on the African continent, Fadekemi Abiru explores ways of creating a labour market that works for women.

 

“We have many female entrepreneurs in the informal sector, the issue is enabling them. An enabling environment is key, that is the only way for the continent to absorb its educated and entrepreneurial people” – […]

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