Cutting Edge in Development

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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 […]

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    Introducing the 2018/19 ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development’ Lecture Series

Introducing the 2018/19 ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development’ Lecture Series

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development series is back, and this year we have another fantastic line up of guest speakers from the field of International Development.  

The new academic year has just started, and this means we are back with our exciting lecture series ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice’! This visiting lecture series, which is hosted […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Globalisation, Development and the Metabolic Rift

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Globalisation, Development and the Metabolic Rift

On Friday 9 February, guest lecturer Dr. Barbara Harriss-White delivered the last lecture in Cutting Edge in Development series on globalisation, development and the Metabolic Rift. MSc Environment and Development student, Kruti Munot (@krutimunot), reflects on the lecture. 

As a student of Environment and Development, I often leave my lectures feeling slightly unsettled. It is difficult to confront the complexities of the environment-development nexus without […]

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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: 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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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The role of business in development – how best to enable business to do more

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The role of business in development – how best to enable business to do more

On Friday 16 February, Jack Newnham, director at PwC and lead for their private sector development work, delivered a talk about the role business can play in international development. 

Development Management students, Charis Yeap Khai Leang and Joelle Yeo, both passionate about the potential of the private sector to do good, reflect on the lecture. 

As international development students, we all agree that the private sector […]

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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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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Clare Short on fifteen years of development aid

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Clare Short on fifteen years of development aid

Graduate student, Ashley Feldman, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by guest lecturer, Clare Short, about her time as Secretary of State for International Development between 1997 and 2003. 

The date was May 1st 1997. Tony Blair’s New Labour government had just swept to power winning the general election with a huge majority of 179 seats.

Having secured victory, Clare Short was […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Using Markets for Development? The Potential of Advanced Market Commitments

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Using Markets for Development? The Potential of Advanced Market Commitments

Graduate student, Shahrukh Wani, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by guest lecturer Owen Barder, Vice President at the Center for Global Development, about understanding system incentives and markets for development. 

Markets are good for a lot of things. They have an irrefutable ability to cater to our demands, how seemingly ridiculous our demands might be. Think about silly putty. If […]

In search of the wurst reading list

The academic world is reassessing reading lists for gender bias. How did it all start? 

The trigger was a lecture from DFID Chief Economist, Stefan Dercon, who visited LSE to give a talk on The Future of Aid as part of the Cutting Edge in Development series. In a lecture on ‘aid in messy places’, Dercon mentioned the ‘Big Ideals, […]