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    Towards transparency: How institutionalising social audits can increase efficiency of rural welfare programmes in India

Towards transparency: How institutionalising social audits can increase efficiency of rural welfare programmes in India

Social audits are a powerful tool to monitor government-run schemes and organisations. By looking at Andhra Pradesh’s monitoring of rural employment welfare programmes, Ayesha Pattnaik argues how they can provide greater transparency and effectiveness for the implementation of key government policies.

India’s Right to Information (RTI) movement was launched in 2005, when civil society activists and citizens protested in rural areas of Rajasthan […]

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    Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Despite the advent of digital solutions designed to promote greater financial access, large numbers of women in Bangladesh remain without access to financial services. Anjali Sarker (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, LSE) explains why solving longstanding problems of financial exclusion in a country with one of the highest gender gaps in financial access will […]

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    Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

As the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar continues to come under pressure, Nasir Uddin looks at what will be asked of Bangladesh if the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar becomes a long-term rather than temporary feature on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border

After Myanmar’s brutal military crackdown in 2017 triggered more than 700,000 Rohingya people to flee Rakhine […]

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    If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

Pakistan’s level of infant mortality remains high despite decreasing over recent years. With Imran Khan vowing to review the county’s strategy on protecting mothers and their babies, Abid Rehman argues that the newly elected Prime Minister doesn’t have to look outside the region for ideas to lower it further.
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In his maiden speech, Imran […]

October 30th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health|Comments Off on If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration|
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    Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna

Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna

 In Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, Anirudh Krishna offers a ‘worms eye’ view of development, arguing for policy that is attuned to local locations. Whilst gender and state-based differences could be explored further in relation to the problems of development in India, Krishna provides insight into the challenges of contemporary Indian development, Sohini Kar finds. 

Broken Ladder: The Paradox […]

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Combating the learning crisis in South Asia

Amongst a range of development challenges that South Asian countries face is poor education, with only around half of primary aged children receiving education within the minimum learning standards framework. In order to combat this crisis, learning must be placed at the centre of education and students at the centre of learning, write Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah. 

Amongst a range […]

Can manufacturing change India’s demographic destiny?

Despite India’s substantial youth population, little concerted effort has been made by the government to ensure their accommodation in India’s labour market. Manufacturing could help partially address this, write Shubhranka Mondal and Pratibha Joshi. 

The current status of employment in India

India currently has the world’s largest youth population. The working age group of 15-59 years forms an overwhelmingly large percentage at […]

September 5th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on Can manufacturing change India’s demographic destiny?|

Book Review: Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows

In Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, Kota Neelima makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on the wives of the farmers who have committed suicide during India’s ongoing agrarian crisis. However, Neelima falls short at portraying the women as productive workers wielding their own agency, instead drawing on a reductivist framework, primarily focusing on their widowhood, Sumedha Pal […]

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  • Permalink Young girls carry pots of water in Shoba Mahar, a tiny Indian village from a distant water source  on April 30, 2009. 
Many millions of India’s children are forced to spend much of their day on carrying water instead of going to school. Most wells in this village have already run dry due to the prolonged drought in the region. Villagers lost more than half of their livestock this year. The entire village boycotted the last elections blaming all political parties for failing to solve their drinking water problems. Most parents already refuse to marry their children to the village boys because of the acute water shortage.

India's entire Bundelkhand region is dependent on the monsoon rain for irrigation, both directly and indirectly. You don't need to read the recent studies to realize that the population is severely malnourished. In addition to some of the obvious reasons, such as inadequate irrigation facilities, scanty rainfall and persistent drought situation, the practice of agriculture has changed largely due to shifts in the cropping patterns that are profit driven and by governmental agricultural policies as well. Water shortages have become acute. Hunger and malnutrition are reaching extreme limits. Cattle have perished in the thousands due to hunger and thirst. Several hunger related deaths and distress-related suicides have occured in vast rural areas.Gallery

    “I think we need to be more humble and recognise that we don’t know what the solutions are” – Professor Anirudh Krishna

“I think we need to be more humble and recognise that we don’t know what the solutions are” – Professor Anirudh Krishna

Preceding a workshop organised by the LSE South Asia Centre to discuss the findings of his new book The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One Billion with students and faculty, Professor Anirudh Krishna spoke with Rebecca Bowers about the growing need to address India’s inequality by implementing ground-level solutions.  

RB: How would you say that Broken Ladder builds […]

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    What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

Following its application to the UN to graduate out of its Least Developed Country Status, Saleemul Huq and David Lewis suggest a new future for UK-Bangladesh relations once Bangladesh achieves this in 2021.

Ever since Bangladesh became an independent country in December 1971 the United Kingdom has been a major development partner. For the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) its bilateral aid programme, most of […]

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