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    What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

As Nepal successfully conducted historic local and parliamentary elections in 2017, considered as the end to the decade-long transition period, there are high hopes of improved democratic governance in the new, decentralised federal set up. Sudeep Uprety notes that it is a matter of serious concern for women as only a small number of female candidates won the direct elections.

Nepal ranked […]

Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively

In the light of the newly announced National Nutrition Strategy, released by NITI Aayog in September 2017, it is important to note that tackling child malnutrition requires enlightened leadership at the Central and state levels, with a dedicated resolve to reduce the incidence of child malnutrition and greater commitment to develop systems for regular collection, monitoring and use of data on child […]

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    To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

Despite improved education, highways, and myriad other rural development projects, Afghanistan continues to face grave security issues. Rustam Ali Seerat argues that a government drive towards urbanisation may be the solution instead of trying to control sparsely populated territories. 

On October 7, 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of airstrikes targeting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. […]

How does local government cope with disaster in Bangladesh?

Successful coordination is an essential ingredient for Disaster Management. In the first of a two article series on human interactions with environment in rural Bangladesh, Mohammad Tarikul Islam examines the coordination in the comprehensive disaster management approach in rural Bangladesh under the auspices of local government (Union Parishad) and potential impediments to this approach.

Bangladesh is undeniably the world’s most disaster-prone country. […]

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    Enrolment rates are climbing. So what explains the sorry state of India’s education sector?

Enrolment rates are climbing. So what explains the sorry state of India’s education sector?

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 will shortly be up for discussion among policy experts. Based on household-based surveys that cover children in the age group 3-16 across almost all rural districts of India, ASER provides estimates of children’s schooling status and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks. Aniruddha Ghosh and Sujan Bandyopadhyay analyse […]

2017 in review: Top articles on economy and development

2017 saw the continued expansion of South Asian economies, although this growth was also underpinned by development issues, and in the case of India, the aftermath of demonetisation. Below we take a look at some of the main economic and developmental challenges facing the growing economies of India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and their potential solutions, in our six most […]

Safer cities and sustainable urbanism: a focus on gender

Only better urban planning will ultimately help to build a safe city. With figures indicating that reported crimes against women are at an all time high, there is also an urgent need to evaluate and understand how we may restructure a city to benefit women. Minakshi Das explores some potential solutions for urban planning. 

Women and urban design 

The Ministry of Home […]

Pakistan’s missing women

Pakistan’s census findings need to be better understood to enable adequate policy responses to the “missing women” problem. The inverse sex ratio is both endemic and cyclical, mostly perpetuated by patriarchal mindsets manifesting in widespread gender-based inequalities and violence writes Hina Shaikh.

The headline of Pakistan’s 2017 population census is that population growth has happened at a much faster rate than expected. […]

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    The role of higher education in the economic development of Afghanistan

The role of higher education in the economic development of Afghanistan

If educated citizens are the key determinant of a nation’s development, then how can higher education in Afghanistan be improved?  Sayed Nasrat and Tamim Karimi explore the challenges and potential solutions for quality higher education delivery in Afghanistan. 

 
“No country can really develop until its citizens are educated.” – Nelson Mandela
It has been widely acknowledged that no country can alleviate poverty, achieve […]

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    Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Activist in Residence at  the LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security,  and Co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Mossarat Qadeem, draws on her experience tackling violent extremism in Pakistan to make a case for inclusive peace education in schools.

Young people do not become extremists overnight. It takes them time to agree to learn how to make explosives, fill suicide jackets […]

December 1st, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts|

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