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    The case for profit: Entrepreneurial approaches to addressing India’s agrarian crisis

The case for profit: Entrepreneurial approaches to addressing India’s agrarian crisis

India’s farmers are frequently in the news, whether it is due to the widespread issue of farmer suicides, low yields as a result of unreliable weather patterns, or protests in the face of price crashes. Against this backdrop, Jay Herndon writes that informal cooperatives run almost as businesses could provide a sustainable solution by allowing farmers to capture more […]

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    “India needs to drastically cut the amount of water used in agriculture without compromising food production” – Biksham Gujja

“India needs to drastically cut the amount of water used in agriculture without compromising food production” – Biksham Gujja

At the LSE India Summit 2017 Biksham Gujja emphasised the need for taking measures for improving India’s agricultural productivity while reducing its water footprint. After the panel, Sonali Campion asked him to elaborate on India’s success in producing food to date and why new approaches to agriculture are now urgently needed.
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    Shifting gears: Randomised Control Trials and the future of development evaluation

Shifting gears: Randomised Control Trials and the future of development evaluation

The use of Randomised Control Trials to evaluate development policies has garnered significant attention in the last decade. In this article, Mridulya Narasimhan and Advitha Arun take a closer look at the strengths and pitfalls of RCTs, and the potential to integrate these with approaches such as rapid fire testing. 

In addition to clinical biologists (and probably their assistants), every […]

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    Localising development: Will decentralisation help or hinder Nepal’s growth?

Localising development: Will decentralisation help or hinder Nepal’s growth?

The first local elections in almost two decades demonstrate a commitment to realising the decentralisation laid out in the new Nepali constitution. But is decentralisation good for economic growth? Bishal K Chalise writes that it has the potential to be, but key barriers must be overcome.

With the local elections ongoing, Nepal has embarked upon massive decentralisation. The 2015 constitution […]

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    Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions

Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions

Temporary labour migration from Bangladesh to the Middle East is commonplace, but workers are often at risk of being exploited because they don’t speak the local language or lack basic skills. The Government of Bangladesh offers training but in the past the time and cost commitments involved have been prohibitive for many aspiring migrants. Here Ayesha Khanom and Shakhwatul […]

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    Author Response: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

Author Response: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

Earlier this month Ian Taylor reviewed India and China in Africa, a new book about Asian engagement in the West African oil industry. Here, the book’s author Raj Verma responds to Taylor’s comments, outlining the rationale and evidence for the framework used in the study.

India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry. Raj Verma. London: […]

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    Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Earlier this month, the government of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh announced children would require an Aadhaar card to claim food from the Mid Day Meal Scheme as of 30 June, in line with central government policy. As the cut-off point looms, Ananye Krishna writes that the move is legally questionable and risks denying millions of children […]

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    India should reconsider its decision not to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative

India should reconsider its decision not to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative

Following India’s decision not to attend the Belt and Road Initiative Conference in Beijing last month, Nafees Ahmad discusses the objections which may have motivated the boycott. He writes that in spite of its reservations, India would be well advised to engage with BRI as it stands to gain more by participating, despite the tensions in its bilateral relationship […]

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    Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

In India and China in Africa Raj Verma compares and contrasts Indian and African approaches to accessing African oil. Ian Taylor finds the book draws on interesting empirical material to provide a valuable addition to the literature. However, he is not persuaded by the analytical framework that is used.

Click here to read the author’s response to this review.

India and […]

June 16th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma|
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    Understanding CPEC: Without tax reform economic growth will simply increase inequality

Understanding CPEC: Without tax reform economic growth will simply increase inequality

The benefits of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have been widely celebrated by Pakistan’s politicians and media alike but the reality is there is very little information about the details available. Asad Abbasi argues that even if the Chinese investment delivers the growth Pakistan is hoping for, inequality will rise unchecked unless redistributive reforms are introduced.
What is CPEC?
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