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    An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

Professor in Practice Duncan Green interviews Professor Tim Allen and Melissa Parker to find out how and why they published a blog post ‘co-authored’ by the people of Mathiane, an Ebola affected village in Sierra Leone. 

Anthropologists do things differently, including blogging. My attention was piqued by Tim Allen’s reply to a commenter on his recent post (with Melissa Parker) on Ebola in Sierra Leone, in which he casually […]

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    Challenging humanitarianism beyond gender as women and women as victims #PressforProgress

Challenging humanitarianism beyond gender as women and women as victims #PressforProgress

Dorothea Hilhorst, Holly Porter and Rachel Gordon argue the lack of inclusivity in gender-targeted humanitarian aid has obscured other realities in which men and women assume different and more complex roles.

At the United Nations (UN) World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016, ‘achieving greater gender equality and greater inclusivity’ was identified as one of the five key areas of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Achieving Prosperity for Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Achieving Prosperity for Africa

On Friday 3 March, Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, delivered a talk on achieving prosperity for Africa. Francesco Giacomini reflects on the lecture. 

It is the end of growth as we know it

Our story starts in Senegal. In 2014, President Macky Sall, declared that Africa is the land of opportunity for investments. He was right. […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Leveraging the private sector to achieve development

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Leveraging the private sector to achieve development

On Friday 9 February, Laura Kelly, Head of the Business Engagement Hub at Department for International Development, delivered a talk about leveraging the private sector to achieve development. The talk was part of the Cutting Edge in Development series, hosted by the Department of International Development.

Two graduate students, Sylvia Cesar and Francesco Giacomini, both with very different views of the theme reflect on the talk. 

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Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Dr Laura Mann presents the Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid White Paper, co-written with Dr Kate Meagher. The White Paper follows on from a workshop held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre in 2016, which brought together stakeholders to address the challenges of digital inclusion for workers at the bottom of the pyramid in Africa.

Last year, my colleague Kate Meagher and I organised a conference at the Rockefeller […]

Zimbabwe Where Next? Managing the Post-Mugabe Transition

What effect will Mugabe’s resignation have on the international community, and more specifically, on donors to Zimbabwe? Teddy Brett, Professor of International Development, gives his insight into the challenges that lie ahead. 

Robert Mugabe has now been dethroned by the soldiers and ZANU-PF comrades who once kept him in power and shared the spoils he distributed with such great skill. The Mnangawa […]

Africa: most expensive continent to send money in the world

Martin Namasaka explains why African governments, development agencies and service providers need to collaborate to look at reducing the cost of sending remittance to Africa. 

At an estimated USD 66 billion in 2015, formal remittances to Africa are three times larger than overseas development assistance and more stable than most other sources of finance. Remittance flows have become one of the largest sources […]

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    Remembering President Quett Masire – one of the greatest post-colonial African leaders

Remembering President Quett Masire – one of the greatest post-colonial African leaders

Elliott Green examines the life and legacy of Botswana’s second President Quett Ketumile Joni Masire. Masire, a key figure in Botswana’s independence movement, represented the Botswana Democratic Party and was the longest serving president in the country’s history.

Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, President of Botswana from 1980 to 1998, died late on 22 June 2017 at the age of 91.  Masire is […]

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    Financial Sector Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Financial Sector Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

In this article, alumni Martin Namasaka argues that while infrastructure development and peace-building efforts are key prerequisites to address fragile states vulnerability issues, building an inclusive financial sector, as part of a well-coordinated effort between development partners, offers the promise to bring fragile states back on the path of financial stability and growth.
“We have resources, perhaps more resources than any other […]

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    The Youth in Africa: Opportunities, Resistance and Transformation

The Youth in Africa: Opportunities, Resistance and Transformation

Pritish Behuria writes a report on The Youth in Africa workshop hosted by the LSE Department of International Development on 15 May, 2017.

Africa’s population has increased dramatically in the past three decades. In 1980, the continent’s population was 477 million. By 2015, it had increased to over 1.2 billion. Some have also argued that Africa is the ‘youngest continent’ (although this claim is […]