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    Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

MSc Environment and Development candidates, Cristiane Mazzetti and Júlia Bussab Fonseca, pick apart Bolsonaro’s efforts to dismantle environmental policies in Brazil and the impact this has had on the international commodities market. 

Leveraged by a massive popular dissatisfaction with the economic and political crisis in Brazil, the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected with the declared intention of recovering the economy. Since the electoral […]

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    Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Professor Ken Shadlen summaries a recent paper he, Elize Fonseca (FGV-Sao Paulo) and Francisco Bastos (FIOCRUZ) co-authored for the Journal of Latin American Studies, which looks at the role of public health professionals as agents of reform within the Ministry of Health in Brazil. 

Integrating the goals of improving health systems with initiatives to foster science and technological (S&T) development […]

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    Smuggling and maintaining peace along North Africa’s borderlands

Smuggling and maintaining peace along North Africa’s borderlands

PhD candidate, Max Gallien, writes for The Washington Post about the role smuggling has played in maintaining the fragile peace along North Africa’s borderlands.

Last week, Moroccan police confiscated over 12 tons of cannabis in the border town of Nador. Last year, the seizure of over 700 kg of cocaine in Algeria triggered high-profile arrests and public outrage. As dramatic stories of drug trafficking […]

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    Knock-on effects of Community Driven Electrification in rural Gilgit-Baltistan

Knock-on effects of Community Driven Electrification in rural Gilgit-Baltistan

MSc Social Policy and Development alum, Asmat Khan, reports on the positive socioeconomic effects of community managed electricity schemes in rural Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Almost 70 million people in Pakistan (35% of the population) and half of rural population do not have access to electricity. Majority of the households get low quality and expensive electricity which adversely impact households’ welfare particularly among the poor.  […]

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    Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Professor Ken Shadlen questions whether the cost of forging complex trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the US outweighs the benefits. 

The United States’ last week threatened to apply tariffs on imports from Mexico unless Mexico revamped its approach to Central American migrants passing through the country. This move underscores the power asymmetries in the global […]

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    Naila Kabeer on why Randomised Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

Naila Kabeer on why Randomised Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

Professor Naila Kabeer summarises a recent article in which she reviews two sets of studies from West Bengal and Sindh, and finds that inattention to the question of human agency is one of the key limitations of Randomised Controlled Trials. 

You can list to Professor Kabeer’s interview with Duncan Green about the article here. 

There’s a buzz abroad in the development community […]

  • Permalink May 30: Over 500 people from the Victorian deaf community and supporters gathered at Federation Square  then marched silently to Parliament House to protest the decision by Premier Ted Baillieu and the Victorian Government to slash $300 million in budget cuts from the TAFE education system which has resulted in Kangan Batman TAFE Institute discontinuing the only Victorian Diploma course in Auslan - the Australian sign language.Gallery

    How do 40 supersmart young Global Activists want to change the world?

How do 40 supersmart young Global Activists want to change the world?

Professor in Practice and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Duncan Green, summarises the strengths and areas for improvement from his 2019 Advocacy, Campaigning and Grassroots Activism cohort.

I’ve spent the last three weeks buried in marking. For most academics, this is the time of the year they complain about most – marking at Masters level is an exhausting affair requiring sustained concentration to spot […]

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    Extinction Rebellion: student perspectives by Honj Kwon and Eloise O’Carroll

Extinction Rebellion: student perspectives by Honj Kwon and Eloise O’Carroll

Eloïse O’Carroll and Hyeonju Kwon, both MSc Environment and Development candidates, joined the week long climate change protests over Easter in London. They tell us about the cause and their experience with Extinction Rebellion. 

If you were in London over Easter, you probably encountered the activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR). Honj Kwon and Eloise O’Carroll, master’s students in Environment and Development […]

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    Dissecting the link between Female Genital Mutilation and politics in Sierra Leone

Dissecting the link between Female Genital Mutilation and politics in Sierra Leone

MSc African Development candidate, Johanna Horz dissects the link between Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and politics in Sierra Leone, and questions whether the recent nationwide ban on initiation ceremonies can be seen as a milestone for women’s protection?

Becoming a woman in Sierra Leone is near-synonymous to being initiated into the Secret Bondo Society, which 90% of women belong to. This Society provides women […]

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    A new paper from IMF researchers puts industrial policy back in the limelight

A new paper from IMF researchers puts industrial policy back in the limelight

Development Studies alumnus and journalist, Scott Carpenter, summarises and shares his analysis of a new working paper from the IMF which suggests we need a closer look at the industrial policy of the “Asian Miracles”. 

For years, development economists have largely dismissed the most successful development stories of the last century — Korea, Taiwan, a handful of others — as outliers. These countries […]