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    Book Review: Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka by Rajesh Venugopal

Book Review: Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka by Rajesh Venugopal

Dr Rajesh Venugopal’s new book, Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, offers a fresh look at how colonial legacies, nationalist ideology and discourses of development that have combined to shape the contours of Sri Lanka’s current tumultuous politics. Benjamin Brown, from University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Geography, reviews the book.  
If you are interested in this review, author Dr Rajesh Venugopal will be discussing […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Ebola in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Global and Local Perspectives

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Ebola in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Global and Local Perspectives

On Friday, 7 December, the Department of International Development hosted the last lecture of the term for its Cutting Edge Issues in International Development lecture series. Guest speaker was Prof Melissa Parker of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and she gave a compelling talk on the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of […]

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    Why India needs to focus on abortion in the global fight for women’s rights

Why India needs to focus on abortion in the global fight for women’s rights

MSc Health and International Development student, Eman Rahman, shares with us India’s progress in women’s abortion rights, but argues, the country could do a great deal more to ensure better access of safe abortion services by those who need it. 

The subject of abortions has never been an easy one, and the past few years have been proof of that. From the Global Gag rule […]

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    Village Development Plan (VDP): A Rural Manifesto: Partnership for Sustainable Development

Village Development Plan (VDP): A Rural Manifesto: Partnership for Sustainable Development

MSc Social Policy and Development alum, Asmat Kakar, tells us how Balochistan’s Village Development Plan (VDP) can provide a participatory approach to local service design and delivery. 

People living in rural areas are the most neglected, marginalised and poverty-stricken populations in Balochistan. Thousands of rural households are at risk of seeing their standards of living and means of livelihoods decline as rising […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Evolution of the Science: Policy and Practice of Adaptation to Climate Change

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Evolution of the Science: Policy and Practice of Adaptation to Climate Change

On Friday, 30 November, Dr Saleemul Huq of the International Institute for Environment and Development and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development gave a talk for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Here’s what two of the Department’s students took away from his lecture.

As this week marks the 10th anniversary of the […]

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    Applying the UNHCR Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to Workers Displaced by AI, Automation

Applying the UNHCR Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to Workers Displaced by AI, Automation

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies candidate, Emma Smith, and her father, Ross Smith, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, explore how the UNHCR Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) can be applied to the coming age of AI-based worker displacement. 

Since the dawn of humanity, the nature of our work has been constantly evolving. From the cradle of civilization to the […]

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    How to lose momentum in five steps: why did Lebanon’s You Stink movement fail?

How to lose momentum in five steps: why did Lebanon’s You Stink movement fail?

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies alum, Youmna Cham, suggests how to avoid campaign failure using Beirut’s ‘You Stink’ movement as an example. 

The ‘Paris of the Middle East’ was the nickname given to Beirut until Summer 2015 – when it crumbled down in trash as our politicians showed a striking unwillingness to solve the scandal.

Indeed, the 2015 trash crisis started after Lebanon’s […]

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – How Change Happens

On Friday, 23 November, Prof Duncan Green of the LSE’s International Development Department and Oxfam discussed his book, How Change Happens, as part of the Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Read about his lecture in this blog post, written by two of the Department’s students.

With a decades-long career as an academic and practitioner in the field […]

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    A Trip to the West Bank: Between Graffiti, Deprivation, Struggle and Resilience

A Trip to the West Bank: Between Graffiti, Deprivation, Struggle and Resilience

Dr Tiziana Leone tells us about her recent research trip to the West Bank for the LSE Academic Collaboration project ‘Re-Conceptualising Health in Wars and Conflicts: A New Focus on Deprivation and Suffering‘ run in collaboration with Birzeit University. 

I have recently returned from the West Bank where we held a workshop on the use of multilevel modelling to analyse neighbourhood effects […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Don’t Panic, Prepare – Pathways for Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Don’t Panic, Prepare – Pathways for Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age

On 16 November, Stefan Dercon from Oxford University gave a lecture on “Pathways for Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age” for the ID Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Read about what two of the Department’s students took away from his lecture.

The fourth industrial revolution is the buzz-word of the decade. Here we are, living it, breathing […]