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Book Review: Prison Narratives by Akhtar Baloch

Prison Narratives is a translation of a diary by Akhtar Baloch, an 18-year-old female Sindhi activist. Asad Abbasi finds the core of the book, which documents the period in 1970 when Baloch was imprisoned for leading a protest, to be insightful, imaginative and full of interesting characters, yet finds the contextualising additions to be deeply partisan. Nevertheless, he writes […]

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    Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Modi’s World, a collection of newspaper articles by veteran journalist C. Raja Mohan, traces how Modi’s foreign policy has compared with that of his predecessor and how it evolved during his first nine months in power. Raj Verma finds the book an easy read with great journalistic flair, but notes that this does come at the price of academic […]

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    Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way

Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way

On 10 July 2017, the LSE’s Department of International Development hosted an event on The Role of Higher Education in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Prosperous Future. The participants included Dr Kenneth Holland, President at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF); Dr Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK; and award winning anchor and correspondent Yalda Hakim. Here, the co-chair […]

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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 […]

A murder is a murder, whatever the context

The death of Junaid Khan at the hands of a mob sparked rallies, followed by widespread criticism of the protesters. Maitreesh Ghatak writes that the danger of dismissing reactions against mob violence is that it  perpetuates the view that everything is partisan political fight and references to human rights are just ruses to gain an advantage. He argues that while it is […]

Why ‘free’ speech is not always ‘costless’

Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost. But even once this distinction is clarified, a neutral arbiter in the form of the state is needed to enforce laws and ensure that the rights of private individuals […]

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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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    “If you don’t have food security what development can you have?” – Naomi Hossain

“If you don’t have food security what development can you have?” – Naomi Hossain

Earlier this year, Naomi Hossain drew on her latest book The Aid Lab to discuss Bangladesh’s development at the South Asia Centre. Before the session, Sonali Campion interviewed her about how crises before and after independence may have paved the way for development success, and the lessons other countries can take from Bangladesh.
SC: Your new book ‘The Aid Lab’ […]

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Three years and counting: The Modi Administration

It has been three years since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. Falguni Tewari takes stock of the successes of the NDA government to date. She writes that the BJP has achieved a lot in the areas of governance, growth and ease of doing business, and that the party currently appears to be in a strong position for […]

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