Development

Rouhani’s victory and India-Iran ties

The re-election of President Rouhani in Iran will be welcome in India as the leader has played a key role in strengthening the bilateral relationship in recent years, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini. He discusses the shared geo-strategic interests of the two countries, but also the possible threats that India would do well to keep an eye on. 
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    Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

The earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal in April-May 2015 had a devastating impact on the Kathmandu Valley. National and international donors responded with both cash and material assistance, but there has been relatively little research into aid effectiveness. Here Srijana Nepal, Neha Uprety and Apekshya Prasai discuss their recent fieldwork exploring the gendered outcomes of cash transfers and the challenges […]

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    “Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

“Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

At Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 Tahera Hasan spoke on the Philanthropy and Institution-Building panel in her capacity as Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation. After the session Sonali Campion caught up with her to discuss Imkaan’s work and the problem of child abandonment in more detail.
Tell me about Imkaan Welfare Organisation – why was it established and […]

IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath

As layoffs from the IT sector hit the headlines, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses the current employment crisis in India, where the creation of formal jobs has slowed at the same time that the numbers of young people joining the workforce every year is rising. In the face of rising automation, he writes that the government must do more to prioritise […]

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    Sri Lanka-China trade relations: Time to focus on unexplored Chinese markets

Sri Lanka-China trade relations: Time to focus on unexplored Chinese markets

In recent years, trade between China and Sri Lanka has grown rapidly. N.R. Ravindra Deyshappriya outlines the significant trade imbalance that has developed as a result and highlights the potential for the island nation to export more products in which it has comparative advantage to its East Asian neighbour.

Sri Lanka’s strategic location has been a crucial factor in its […]

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    No turning back: Why Nepal’s upcoming local elections matter more than ever

No turning back: Why Nepal’s upcoming local elections matter more than ever

With less two weeks to go until the first local elections in almost 20 years, Bishal K. Chalise and George Varughese discuss the significance of this poll which – if successful – will help instil confidence in the new constitution and the democratic process in Nepal.

On 14 May, Nepalis will go to elections for newly-delineated local (village and municipal) governments. These comprise […]

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    The role of election competition in strengthening Pakistan’s fledgling local democracy

The role of election competition in strengthening Pakistan’s fledgling local democracy

Using results and original survey data from the November 2015 local government elections in the Sargodha District of rural Punjab, Pakistan, Asad Liaqat, Michael Callen, Ali Cheema, Adnan Khan, Farooq Naseer and Jacob N. Shapiro offer insights into the institutional and organisational responses that can help strengthen local democracy. 
Building a strong democracy through local elections
The strength of local democracy depends on the stability and […]

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    Book Review: Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums by Igor Krstić

Book Review: Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums by Igor Krstić

Nearly one billion people reside in slums around the globe, but how has this reality been depicted on the cinema screen? In Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums, Igor Krstić offers a polycentric, interdisciplinary approach to exploring how slums have been represented on film over the last 100 years, including such critical and commercial hits as Slumdog […]

April 28th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Featured, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Book Review: Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums by Igor Krstić|
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    “Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja

“Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja

At the end of March Ganeshan Wignaraja spoke at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre on the topic of infrastructure for integrating South and Southeast Asia. Sonali Campion caught up with him after the presentation to discuss the opportunities and barriers to greater regional integration, with a specific focus on the South Asian countries.

SC: Why are South Asia-Southeast Asia discussions […]

April 26th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Interviews, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja|
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    Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers

Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers

Electronic wage payments offer an alternative to traditional financial inclusion approaches for the unbanked. Addressing constraints to savings can allow wages and remittance flows to poor households to translate into greater asset accumulation and resilience to financial or consumption shock, write Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, and  Leora Klapper.

More than two billion people around the world do not have access […]

April 24th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers|

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