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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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    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 […]

June 26th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Law, Technology|Comments Off on Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights|
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    What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan

What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan

Pakistan currently faces staggering challenges across a range of urban issues. In this post, Ijaz Nabi and Hina Shaikh identify the critical issues, outline initiatives the government has introduced and discuss where further work is required.
Housing
Pakistan faces a growing housing shortfall of approximately 4.4 million units. When provided, the quality is often substandard and low income groups receive little benefit. To redress […]

June 12th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Health, Technology|Comments Off on What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan|

IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath

As layoffs from the IT sector hit the headlines, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses the current employment crisis in India, where the creation of formal jobs has slowed at the same time that the numbers of young people joining the workforce every year is rising. In the face of rising automation, he writes that the government must do more to prioritise […]

May 23rd, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Politics, Technology|Comments Off on IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath|
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    Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers

Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers

Electronic wage payments offer an alternative to traditional financial inclusion approaches for the unbanked. Addressing constraints to savings can allow wages and remittance flows to poor households to translate into greater asset accumulation and resilience to financial or consumption shock, write Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, and  Leora Klapper.

More than two billion people around the world do not have access […]

April 24th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers|
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    “Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez

“Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez

In February Ali Rez and Assam Khalid spoke at the South Asia Centre on the topic of art and marketing as a protest device in Pakistan. Before the event they were in conversation with Hasna Syed and Sonali Campion about their social impact projects, advertising in Pakistan and the need for brands to be authentic in their communications.

HS: How […]

April 6th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Interviews, Media, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on “Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez|

Are apps the future of NGO service delivery?

NGOs are increasingly adopting and supporting digital approaches to improve and extend their service delivery. In this article, Tasmiah Rahman draws on the Maya Apa App as an example of this shift and highlights how data can be used to tailor service delivery to key groups.
Moving the ‘women’ issue forward
Gender equality mainstreaming is at the forefront of the […]

March 29th, 2017|Development, Featured, LSE, Technology|Comments Off on Are apps the future of NGO service delivery?|
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    “The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf

“The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf

Karachi is a sprawling, diverse city, with a population estimated at more than 20 million. It is also notorious for high crime rates and its inhabitants have limited trust in the police. However, the Citizen Police Liaison Committee, a civil society organisation run by volunteers works to tackle both these issues. Here, Jameel Yusuf, founding member and former Chief, talks […]

February 9th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy, Technology|Comments Off on “The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf|

How a2i is using empathy to foster innovation in Bangladesh

Developing countries are often notorious for their inefficient public service delivery. However, the Bangladeshi government is seeking to vastly improve the citizen experience of government services through empathy-led innovation, write Anir Chowdhury and Nick Beresford. This involves arranging for civil servants to act as secret shoppers to identify weaknesses and come up with solutions, often using new technologies. 

In the last 8 years, Bangladesh […]

February 6th, 2017|Development, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on How a2i is using empathy to foster innovation in Bangladesh|
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    Union Budget 2017-18: Leading India towards a digital economy

Union Budget 2017-18: Leading India towards a digital economy

Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech this week had a strong focus on digital economy initiatives, emphasising the Government’s resolve to increase digital transactions and reduce India’s reliance on cash. Sharique Hassan Manazir reviews the announcements, and writes that – if implemented effectively – they will undoubtedly result in significant progress towards the Digital India vision.

In 1994, Don Tapscott coined the term ‘digital economy’ […]

February 3rd, 2017|Economy, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on Union Budget 2017-18: Leading India towards a digital economy|

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