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    Assisting learners, augmenting learning: Introducing teaching assistants in South Asian schools

Assisting learners, augmenting learning: Introducing teaching assistants in South Asian schools

International Development students, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah, make a convincing case for introducing teaching assistants to government and low-cost private schools in South Asia.  

The learning crisis in South Asia needs immediate and innovative solutions before another generation of learners go through years of schooling without having learnt much. That South Asia is undergoing a learning crisis is not a new revelation. […]

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    The dark side of a successful developmental state: Singapore’s socioeconomic dilemma

The dark side of a successful developmental state: Singapore’s socioeconomic dilemma

Alumna and 2017 Winner of the Mayling Birney Prize for Best Overall Performance in MSc Development Management, Agnes Chew, examines the dark side of a successful development state with Singapore as a case study, investigating the current socioeconomic dilemma faced in terms of growth, inequality, and societal wellbeing.

This article is based on her prizewinning dissertation titled “The Hidden Costs […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Industrial Policy, Trade and Development in the New Global Economic Order

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Industrial Policy, Trade and Development in the New Global Economic Order

On Friday 12 October, development economist Ha-Joon Chang came to talk at the LSE as part of the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Kyeonga Kang from the MSc African Development was there and covered the talk for us.

“The recent changes in global industrial policy environment have not made industrial policy impossible.” Chang […]

Professor Tim Dyson on a population history of India

Tim Dyson, Professor of Population Studies in the Department of International Development at LSE, tells us about his new book, A Population History of India: From the First Modern People to the Present Day.

Six years ago, I sat at my desk with a period of sabbatical leave stretching before me. There were several topics which I might have researched, but […]

An unlikely combination that may help us move on

Professor Robert Wade adds to the recent article from Rana Foroohar for the Financial Times: 

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Rana Foroohar is right to say that president Donald Trump’s trade policy is a response to fundamental flaws in the world trade and investment system (“Time to grapple with global trade”, October 1).

The present rules press all sizable economies to adopt free or almost free […]

Multi-methods research across continents: Land in Kenya

Professor Catherine Boone and her Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy research team introduce us to the collaborative project between scholars in the UK, US, and Kenya…

Kenya has a long and complex history with regard to land.  Part of that history is the use of settlement schemes as a strategy for land distribution and agricultural development. Professor Catherine Boone of International […]

Looking back at my year as an ID student…

Recent international alum, Charis Yeap Khai Leang, shares her experience studying at the LSE for her MSc in Development Management. She tells us about her her fears, hopes and dreams. No one said it was going to be easy…  

There are so many things that I am truly grateful about having come across at the LSE this last year. Conducting the research […]

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    5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Year at the LSE

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Year at the LSE

Recent graduate and newly appointed Student Experience Officer, Sarah Neuenschwander, gives her top 5 tips to new students on saving a few pounds… and time!

When I arrived in London in mid-September last year, I was looking forward to a few days of exploring the city. Well, I underestimated the time it takes to deal with the dull administrative stuff before […]

The Risks of a Looming Energy Transition

Joachim Roth, sustainability analyst and department alum, investigates the geopolitics of the inevitable global energy transition. 

With the prospect of the energy transition looming, there is a need to analyze what the geopolitical implications of such a shift could be. Although there is no universal definition of what geopolitics stands for it can be interpreted in relation to the energy […]

Combating the learning crisis in South Asia

Amongst a range of development challenges that South Asian countries face is poor education, with only around half of primary aged children receiving education within the minimum learning standards framework. International Development students, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah, explain why learning must be placed at the centre of education and students in order to combat this crisis.  

Amongst a range of development challenges […]