Development

Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks, a reflection of changing times

In this photo essay, Rohit Sinha and Aadi Rungta trace the economic importance of Sassoon Docks, one of Mumbai’s oldest and largest wholesale fish market.  The docks are a monument to Mumbai’s mercantile past as well as its thriving fishing economy.

A visit to the docks is almost always overwhelming. The stench of fishes extends for miles; the sight colourful boats and their flags, competing with […]

The Paris Agreement is an opportunity for Sri Lanka

Making a case for the importance of Paris Agreement for developing countries, Anishka De Zylva writes that it offers economic and geopolitical opportunities for Sri Lanka. She explains how Sri Lanka could maximise these opportunities for its development, while demonstrating its own commitment to the accord and regional leadership on climate change.  
The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented global commitment to combating climate change. Sri Lanka is one of 195 states that adopted the Agreement in December 2015, and to date, 169 states have ratified it, including Sri Lanka. President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will […]

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    One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

On the first anniversary of demonetisation in India, Silvia Masiero argues that the “cashless” economy entails the risk of a new geography of exclusion, dividing those who own and operate digital means of transaction and those who are structurally unable to access them.

A year after the Indian government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which was around 86 percent of […]

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    Understanding the Effectiveness of Union Parishad Standing Committee: A Perspective on Bangladesh

Understanding the Effectiveness of Union Parishad Standing Committee: A Perspective on Bangladesh

As per the Local Government Act 2009, committees act as an important apparatus safeguarding transparency and accountability of the Union Parishad. Regrettably, Union Parishad committees are not perceived and envisioned well by those shouldering the responsibility to take this committee forward. Mohammad Tarikul Islam evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the committee system of local government in Bangladesh.

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Law alone can’t protect our rivers and their ‘rights’

After river Whanganui in New Zealand and Atrato in Colombia were declared as “living persons”, the Uttarakhand High Court accorded the Yamuna and Ganga the same status but for all of 109 days. Madhuri Karak examines our faith in legal solutions for safeguarding the environment.

Four rivers in three corners of the world – the Atrato in Colombia, the Whanganui in New Zealand and the Ganga and Yamuna in India – were declared […]

The future of FATA: when reforms come knocking 

With the announcement of the FATA reforms, the time for change in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) may have finally come. Samra Anwar and Abdur Rehman Cheema give a lowdown on why democratic processes have taken so long to arrive and the challenges ahead.

With Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi re-initiating the process of mainstreaming Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the region is again in the limelight. Unlike his predecessors, Abbasi seems to be serious on the […]

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    Do numbers tell the real story of gender based violence in Nepal?

Do numbers tell the real story of gender based violence in Nepal?

A recent online survey carried out by Code for Nepal, with over thousand female respondents, presented a staggering figure: 98% women said they have experienced some form of harassment on streets. This clearly indicates an alarming situation of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Nepal writes Sudeep Uprety. 

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee defines Gender Based Violence (GBV) as an umbrella term for any harmful act perpetrated against a person’s will based on socially ascribed […]

Equality, one stitch at a time

Jay Herndon describes how a company in Rajasthan economically empowers women whilst maintaining a competitive market outlook over charitable sentiments. It is market competition and not paternalism, he claims, that is accomplishing more for women in Rajasthan than good intentions. 

I met Choti Yadav in Udaipur, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. A self-assured woman, she chatted amiably, […]

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    How can Bangladesh utilise human security for rural development?

How can Bangladesh utilise human security for rural development?

For safeguarding human security in rural Bangladesh, people-centred development is at the core of discourse: focusing on self-reliance, community living, social justice, and participatory decision-making. Unfortunately, it is missing in the context of rural Bangladesh, writes Mohammad Tarikul Islam.

Human Security, a non-traditional security approach, primarily refers to the survival of individuals, community and even the global world. Without a doubt, […]

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    Understanding the Economics of Inclusion: A perspective on Nepal

Understanding the Economics of Inclusion: A perspective on Nepal

Missing infrastructure is inhibiting the connection between rural homes and businesses and urban customers and suppliers in Nepal. Ashutosh Mani Dixit suggests that a policy rethink is needed to ensure economic inclusion for rural populations. 

In Nepal, as in large parts of the developing world, investment in infrastructure which connects rural firms and households to the networks of other firms – its […]

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