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    China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka has grown significantly in the last five years but it continues to remain low as a share of GDP and in comparison to other countries in the region. In this article, N.P. Ravindra Deyshappriya analyses China’s spending, and discusses how policymakers in Sri Lanka could expand FDI inflows from its East Asian neighbour.

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    Rising to the SDGs: How can Nepal make meaningful progress by 2030?

Rising to the SDGs: How can Nepal make meaningful progress by 2030?

Nepal has committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals but this will be no easy task. Ashutosh M Dixit outlines how collaborative approaches which acknowledge the interlinkages between the SDGs and good monitoring and evaluation will be essential to achieving meaningful outcomes within the next decade and a half.

The UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with its Sustainable Development Goals […]

Has GSP plus status improved Pakistan’s garments exports?

Pakistan has had preferential access to the European market since 2013 but Zara Salman argues it has not fully exploited the potential benefit of its special status. In order to achieve higher exports, key steps need to be taken to improve Pakistan’s business environment.

In December of 2013, Pakistan acquired the GSP plus status from the European Union, granting member states duty-free […]

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    Book Review: Ethnography at the Frontier: Space, Memory, and Society in Southern Balochistan by Ugo E.M. Fabietti

Book Review: Ethnography at the Frontier: Space, Memory, and Society in Southern Balochistan by Ugo E.M. Fabietti

In this rare anthropological study based on extensive fieldwork in Balochistan, Ugo Fabietti explores the question of social change in this ‘peripheral’ region of Pakistan which is negotiating with both new forces and reformulations of its past. Hammal finds the book an ambitious and path breaking work which seeks to understand the region on its own terms.

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    “CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

“CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

Dr Mukund Govind Rajan participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility panel at the LSE India Summit 2017, where he discussed the benefits and drawbacks of ‘forced philanthropy’ brought in as part of the Companies Act (2013). After the session, he spoke to Alexander Spalding about Tatas’ longstanding commitment to using its expertise to achieve effective CSR and social change.
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The next 70 years of youthful Pakistan

The youth of Pakistan have come a long way, despite poor governance and other challenges. However, with the opportunity to maximise on the current ‘youth bulge’ time limited, Mohsen Gul indicates young people need to be given the support and training to become agents of change and outlines recommendations on how this can be achieved.

Michelle Grace, a 19 year old youth […]

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    How does distance influence the decision to migrate? Evidence from Pakistan

How does distance influence the decision to migrate? Evidence from Pakistan

Choosing to migrate is not always easy, particularly when it involves leaving family members behind. In this article, Ghamz E Ali Siyal draws on PRISE research to discuss how distance influences people’s choices in semi-arid regions in Pakistan, and explores how this varies according to gender and marital status.

Migration decisions are often influenced not just by economic and social […]

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    Book Review: Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico by Prakash Kashwan

Book Review: Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico by Prakash Kashwan

In Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico, Prakash Kashwan contributes to urgent debates surrounding forest and land rights by looking at how competing agendas of environmental protection and social justice have been balanced in three country-specific case studies drawn from India, Tanzania and Mexico. This is a powerful portrayal of the complexities of governance […]

August 18th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Environment, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico by Prakash Kashwan|
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    Road to the SDGs: Why India needs a stronger focus on evidence and evaluation

Road to the SDGs: Why India needs a stronger focus on evidence and evaluation

Countries are beginning to submit their first voluntary reports to the UN reviewing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the reports so far have focussed heavily on identifying indicators for outcomes. If the SDGs are to be achieved, innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluation and better data at all levels will be required, writes Diksha Singh.

Last month, India […]

August 10th, 2017|Development, Featured, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Road to the SDGs: Why India needs a stronger focus on evidence and evaluation|
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    Why doesn’t anybody know if Swachh Bharat Mission is succeeding?

Why doesn’t anybody know if Swachh Bharat Mission is succeeding?

In 2014, the Prime Minister announced a goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. In this article, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears contend that although we are now almost two-thirds of the way through the Swachh Bharat Mission, nobody knows whether it is succeeding because there is no credible, independent survey that can offer a useful estimate of the fraction […]

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