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    What Land Governance in Uganda can teach us about #PublicAuthority

What Land Governance in Uganda can teach us about #PublicAuthority

Carolin Dieterle investigates the how, when and where of large-scale land investments in Uganda.

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

In the last decade since the financial and food price crisis of 2007/08, large tracts of land across the developing world, especially in Africa, have been acquired by […]

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    Broadening the scope of scholarly research on the repatriation of refugees is a necessity #LSEreturn

Broadening the scope of scholarly research on the repatriation of refugees is a necessity #LSEreturn

Almost twenty years on from the decade of voluntary repatriation, Jolien Tegenbos and Koen Vlassenroot explore how scholarly understanding of the process of ‘return’ has evolved and how it has largely been determined by policy priorities.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

Every minute, 20 people are displaced worldwide. The most popular and internationally […]

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    In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa

In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa

India’s lines of credit to Africa are not very well aligned with India’s private sector in the region. In fact, the role of the private sector is limited to that of a contractor in the whole process of the delivery of development cooperation writes Dr Malancha Chakrabarty.
After a long period of stagnation, many African countries experienced strong growth from mid-1990s. […]

Migrants are key to productivity gains for countries

There are many reasons to believe that migration may be a highly effective driver of knowledge diffusion across borders, write Dany Bahar and Hillel Rapoport.

 

For decades, the focus of the economic literature when studying migration was, for the most part, on the impact it has on labour-related outcomes such as wages and unemployment, among others. But these studies have […]

Running Mozambique’s heroin trade with WhatsApp

The “informal sector” was first observed in developing countries, then it migrated north as the “gig economy” where no one has secure jobs, and LSE’s Joseph Hanlon, in a new working paper, shows the closing loop, as Mozambique’s heroin trade is taken over by the informal sector working via apps.

Mozambique has become a major heroin transit centre, moving 40 […]

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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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    How businesses in sub-Saharan Africa are adapting to climate change

How businesses in sub-Saharan Africa are adapting to climate change

Small firms that have faced repeated exposure to extreme climate events are more likely to develop adaptation responses, write Florence Crick and Shaikh Eskander.

 

Climate change poses increasing risks to economic growth and development across the world and particularly in developing countries. A critical issue is the extent to which private actors, and especially businesses, are able to adapt to […]

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    Mozambique’s insurgency: a new Boko Haram or youth demanding an end to marginalisation?

Mozambique’s insurgency: a new Boko Haram or youth demanding an end to marginalisation?

Joseph Hanlon argues that Mozambique’s new “Islamic” insurgency is about marginalised youth demanding to be heard, and therefore is similar to anti-establishment protest across the world.

 

Small groups have been raiding towns and villages in northeast coastal Mozambique in rapid hit-and-run attacks. Since October, more than 50 people have been killed – some decapitated with machetes. The army and riot […]

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    From ‘saved’ to secularised: the challenges facing former LRA fighters after reintegration into their communities

From ‘saved’ to secularised: the challenges facing former LRA fighters after reintegration into their communities

While rehabilitating and reintegrating former LRA fighters, the international NGO World Vision emphasises Christian values of forgiveness. Despite this, few returnees remain ‘saved’ once they return to their communities. Dr Grace Akello investigates why this is the case, and what this means for reintegration programmes in the future.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of […]

Nigeria is a fragile state, international studies prove it

It is a long march from poverty to prosperity, but according to Olu Fasan’s assessment, Nigeria has not quite made the transition yet.

 

Last year, I took an online course titled “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development”, taught by the famous Oxford University don, Professor Sir Paul Collier. Despite having a master’s with Distinction in Political Economy, I was […]

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