Development

Are Apps the future of NGO service delivery?

NGOs are increasingly adopting and supporting digital approaches to improve and extend their service delivery. In this article, Tasmiah Rahman draws on the Maya Apa App as an example of this shift and highlights how data can be used to tailor service delivery to key groups.
Moving the ‘women’ issue forward
Gender equality mainstreaming is at the forefront of the […]

Looking forward to the first ever LSE Pakistan Summit

As the Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 approaches, Shema Bhujel reflects on LSE’s long-standing ties with Pakistan and introduces the four core topics that will be discussed as key issues which are shaping the future of this burgeoning nation.

LSE’s connections with Pakistan go back more than a century when its Founders – Sidney and Beatrice Webb – […]

How nudge units can aid development

As the Government of India moves forward with plans to establish a nudge unit, Feroza Sanjana outlines what this behavioural approach to policymaking actually entails. She writes that while nudging can provide a powerful tool for academia to generate real-world impact, there are some strong caveats against unbridled enthusiasm.

The news that the Modi government is setting up its very […]

Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?

Indian mothers are all too frequently underweight during their pregnancies and unable to produce sufficient breastmilk when their babies are born, perpetuating malnutrition among their children. Swati Narayan writes that although there are provisions in place to address some of these issues, these have not been effectively implemented. What is more, the most recent budget threatens to restrict the […]

March 13th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, LSE|Comments Off on Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?|
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    Internal migrants in India experience a lesser citizenship status and curtailed rights

Internal migrants in India experience a lesser citizenship status and curtailed rights

The Government of India is often criticised for its failure to guarantee the constitutional rights of its citizens. The problems are often attributed to inefficiency, corruption and poverty. However, Rameez Abbas writes that development-related issues do not fully explain the exclusionary aspects of citizenship in India. Drawing on her research in Mumbai and Kolkata, she highlights how internal migrants […]

March 7th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Internal migrants in India experience a lesser citizenship status and curtailed rights|

Looking forward to India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017

Ahead of India @ 70, presented by Apollo Tyres Ltd, Harish Alagappa outlines the context of the second LSE India Summit and introduces the themes that will be discussed by academics, policymakers, activists and other experts on 29 and 30 March.

LSE’s historic relationship with India extends back to the earliest days of the university. It was the patronage of Sir […]

March 3rd, 2017|Development, Featured, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Looking forward to India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017|
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    Life in limbo: the Rohingya refugees trapped between Myanmar and Bangladesh

Life in limbo: the Rohingya refugees trapped between Myanmar and Bangladesh

Although Myanmar’s progress towards democracy in recent years has been celebrated, the persecution of the Rohingyas has continued to escalate. Ashraful Azad highlights the serious human rights violations that are causing thousands of them to flee to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, which are unwilling and ill-equipped to respond.

Violence against the Rohingyas, an ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar, has reached a new […]

February 22nd, 2017|Development, Featured, Law, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Life in limbo: the Rohingya refugees trapped between Myanmar and Bangladesh|

Nuclear Suppliers Group: Finding entry points

As India continues to seek membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Kanica Rakhra reflects on current controls regarding the trade of nuclear material. She argues that these have been unable to take account of the many rapid changes in the international system, and needs to be updated to provide reference points for acceptable behaviour and strengthen the goals of […]

February 14th, 2017|Development, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Nuclear Suppliers Group: Finding entry points|
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    The Sardar Sarovar Dam: Drowning out citizens but who benefits?

The Sardar Sarovar Dam: Drowning out citizens but who benefits?

The controversial damming of the Narmada river in central India goes on, even though the project has been plagued by escalating costs, corruption scandals and protests over human rights and environmental abuses. Yet despite financial, social and environmental deficiencies Defne Gonenc writes that the main beneficiaries are multinationals and large contractors, rather than the hundreds of ordinary Indians who need clean drinking water and […]

February 13th, 2017|Development, Environment, Featured, Law|Comments Off on The Sardar Sarovar Dam: Drowning out citizens but who benefits?|

How a2i is using empathy to foster innovation in Bangladesh

Developing countries are often notorious for their inefficient public service delivery. However, the Bangladeshi government is seeking to vastly improve the citizen experience of government services through empathy-led innovation, write Anir Chowdhury and Nick Beresford. This involves arranging for civil servants to act as secret shoppers to identify weaknesses and come up with solutions, often using new technologies. 

In the last 8 years, Bangladesh […]

February 6th, 2017|Development, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on How a2i is using empathy to foster innovation in Bangladesh|

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