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    A Trip to Cumberland Lodge: Dancing Professors and the Environment

A Trip to Cumberland Lodge: Dancing Professors and the Environment

At the beginning of this month, a group of Development Management students had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Park. They not only learned more about the complexity of environmental issues, but also discovered some of the academics’ hidden talents. Ebi Ameli gives an account of the weekend.

After five weeks of what can qualify […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The International Response to Fragile/Conflict States

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The International Response to Fragile/Conflict States

On Friday 26 October, the UK Minister of State for the Ministry of Justice, Rory Stewart, gave a lecture on “The International Response to Fragile/Conflict States” for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Two International Development students wrote about the lecture for us.

In Afghanistan “we were facing a disaster situation: poverty, disease, lack of […]

Post-Graduation Life: Expect the Unexpected!

International alumnus, Tinnaphop Sinsomboonthong (Tintin), shares his post-graduation experience as a lecturer in Sociology of Development in his home country. After two years since conquering his Nightmare on Houghton Street, what is happening now?

It was in the Michaelmas Term in 2016 when I suffered a Nightmare on Houghton Street – graphs, numbers and economic jargon used in lectures and […]

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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    Research to Practice: Engaging the Private Sector for improving Livelihoods in Disaster-Prone Areas

Research to Practice: Engaging the Private Sector for improving Livelihoods in Disaster-Prone Areas

The MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies consultancy group for Partners for Resilience (PfR) cultivated an enriching partnership that led to a presentation to PfR staff at The Hague on the student’s report entitled Building Resilience with Private Sector Engagement: Enabling Socially and Environmentally responsible Investments in Disaster-Prone Communities. Olivia Singer, Yudan Chen, Tamilore Odunaiya share their experiences.

Contributing to current programming in disaster-prone developing […]

How can a Pakistani and an Indian be friends?

International Development students Mehrin Shah and Anushna Jha talk about their friendship which transcends the India-Pakistan border. 

DISCLAIMER – This piece of writing is about the friendship of two graduate students at the LSE, one from Pakistan and the other from India. If you have time and the inclination to read it and especially if you are an Indian or a […]

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    The World Isn’t Flat: new development podcast by four LSE grad students

The World Isn’t Flat: new development podcast by four LSE grad students

MSc Development Management student and podcaster David Yamron tells us more about The World Isn’t Flat, an international development podcast he started with three other students from the Department of International Development at the LSE: 

The World Isn’t Flat is a new podcast on international development hosted by four graduate students at the London School of Economics. Our intent in starting the […]

Because we let it happen

Development Studies student, Anushna Jha, shares a few lines in response to the horrific news of the brutal death of an 8 year old girl in her home country of India:
An 8-year-old was raped, tortured, killed
Because we let this happen
Because we have reduced cases of sexual violence to breaking news and primetime debates
Because we have normalised sexism and misogyny and […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Who drives climate relevant policies in the rising powers?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Who drives climate relevant policies in the rising powers?

On Friday 12 January, Professor Hubert Schmitz, development economist and Emeritus Fellow at the IDS, delivered a talk about the drivers of climate relevant policies in new powerful states. The talk was part of the Cutting Edge in Development series, hosted by the Department of International Development. Four students, all from different Master’s programmes, reflect on the talk and tell us […]

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    To regain public trust, the aid sector needs Vox-style explainers and an ad watchdog

To regain public trust, the aid sector needs Vox-style explainers and an ad watchdog

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Arbie Baguios, proposes a radical structural solution to bridging the knowledge gap between the aid sector and the public. 

Bond recently published an article that diagnosed a problem the international aid sector faces: the public’s declining trust, and increased scrutiny and suspicion. Their prescription, however, may be less acute: “Emotion is the way […]