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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Building people’s power: has the development sector helped or hindered?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Building people’s power: has the development sector helped or hindered?

On Friday 23 February, Danny Sriskandarajah (@civicusSG), the Secretary General of CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations, delivered a lecture that questioned whether the development sector has helped or hindered civil society. 

Masters students, Lauren Pak reflects on the lecture, whilst David Riveros García relates the discussion back to his own experience. 

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are a direct response to […]

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    Student Experience: Development Management consultancy project presents report to leaders in the field

Student Experience: Development Management consultancy project presents report to leaders in the field

A small team of students from the MSc Development Management 2015/2016 course presented a successful report last week in collaboration with Charities Aid Foundation at the pre-launch event for their research. Silky Agrawal, Brooks Reed, and Riya Saxena share their experiences:

This past year we had the opportunity to participate in the consultancy project as part of the MSc Development […]

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    Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive? The Limits of Adaptation limits

Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive? The Limits of Adaptation limits

Professor of International Development Jude Howell talks about her recent research into governance in China in this post written for the LSE International Development blog, based on her article on the same subject published in Journal of Social Policy in January.
In 2016 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will have been in power for almost 70 years. While the former Soviet […]

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    And when Abbas goes? PhD graduate Alaa Tartir assesses the next step for Palestine

And when Abbas goes? PhD graduate Alaa Tartir assesses the next step for Palestine

The Palestinian National Council (PNC) is expected to meet this month in its first session since 2009 to accept the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), along with more than half the Executive Committee’s 18 members. The PNC does of course have the option of rejecting some or all of the resignations, and in […]

  • Oxfam team delivering T95 tanks to the warehouse in Zaatar from the Bicester warehouse
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    From Poverty to Power: 5 trends that explain why civil society space is under assault around the world

From Poverty to Power: 5 trends that explain why civil society space is under assault around the world

Originally posted on From Poverty to Poverty, by Duncan Green. In the 1980s and 90s, civil society, and civil society organizations (CSOs) came to be seen as key players in development; aid donors and INGOs like Oxfam increasingly sought them out as partners. So the current global crackdown on ‘civil society space’ is particularly worrying – a major pillar of […]

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    Rajapaksa defeat marks end to civil war in Sri Lanka. Interview with Rajesh Venugopal

Rajapaksa defeat marks end to civil war in Sri Lanka. Interview with Rajesh Venugopal

On Tuesday 18 August, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat in his bid to become Prime Minister. To LSE’s Dr Rajesh Venugopal, who specialises in ethnic conflict and South Asia, this defeat marks a definitive end to the nation’s civil war. The following interview with Nikhil Lakshman (originally published on Rediff.com) discusses Rajapaksa’s future in Sri Lankan politics, […]

  • The prophet Gatdeang chatting on a satellite phone in his Koani, (South) Sudan, homestead, 2003. Photo credit: S. Hutchinson
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    Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Naomi Pendle on South Sudan

Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Naomi Pendle on South Sudan

Final-year PhD candidate Naomi Pendle has had an article published in the American Ethnologist journal. Co-written with Sharon Hutchinson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the article identifies new opportunities for prophetic peace frameworks in South Sudan. Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Nuer struggles with uncertainty in South Sudan Contemporary South Sudanese Nuer prophets play powerful roles in interpreting the moral limits […]

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    SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

18 months ago, Robert Wade found trade economists at UNCTAD to be wilfully sidestepping any mention of sustainability in discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, Duncan Green attempts to shake off his own scepticism about the post-2015 SDG process, finding some light (if little sun) at the end of the tunnel. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power.) […]

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    Failed coup in Burundi: what does it mean for the future of the country?

Failed coup in Burundi: what does it mean for the future of the country?

PhD candidate Benjamin Chemouni has appeared on Al Jazeera English and the BBC World News as a political analyst on the crisis in Burundi. Below, he ponders the consequences of the failed coup in view of an upcoming presidential election. On May 13, whilst Burundian President Nkurunziza was in Tanzania, the state’s former head of intelligence and former army chief […]

Responding to Intractable Insurgencies: Civil Society, Contested Environments and International (In)Security

This lecture was given by Professor E.A. Brett at the NATO Defense College in Rome today, Thursday 25th September 2014. We meet today in the shadow of continuing counterinsurgencies that have cost thousands of lives and a fortune in financial, moral and political capital. And we meet under the threat of similar insurgencies to come. Any smart future enemy will likely sidestep […]

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