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    Absence of Local Government in Balochistan: Where is Government of the People?

Absence of Local Government in Balochistan: Where is Government of the People?

Social Policy and Development Expert, Asmat Kakar, reports on the role of local government in delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Balochistan. 

Participatory grassroots local government is inevitable for delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in poor and marginalized areas. It not only ensures improving access to basic services but provides an effective platform to the poor, peasants, workers and women to […]

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    Parental involvement in schools – powerful potential, compounded challenge

Parental involvement in schools – powerful potential, compounded challenge

Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah explore how parental involvement in schools can enhance the positive effects on student performance during elementary and secondary education. 

Understanding parental involvement

Parental involvement underscores the shared responsibility that educational institutions and families have towards student learning. It can be described as a bunch of various parental practices such as parental aspirations for their child’s academic achievement, communication […]

Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s inflation rates continue to grow exponentially year-on-year, as does the distrust over the government’s handling of the situation. Alum, Nathan Hayes, examines what lies ahead for the country. 

Inflation in Zimbabwe has hit 176% year-on-year, up from 98% y-o-y in May. When measured on a month-on-month basis, inflation came in at 39.3% in June. Inflation of more than 50% m-o-m constitutes hyperinflation.

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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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    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 […]

“Meet an Alum” with Shakeel Padamsey

Before the end of Lent Term, the International Development Department’s DESTIN Society organised a Brown Bag Lunch with Development Management alum Shakeel Padamsey. DESTIN President Gabriella Reimer was there and tells us about the inspiring trajectory Shakeel has been on since graduating from LSE.

The sound of the machine percolating and the rich smell of coffee wafts over me before […]

UNSCR 1325: Time to move from letter to spirit

Following recent celebrations for International Women’s Day 2019, Anushna Jha, Valerie Gebhard and Youmna Cham outline the main achievements and shortcomings of the Women, Peace and Security Resolution 1325.

Having recently celebrated International Women’s Day 2019, we reflect on the political participation of women, particularly in conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes over the years. The landmark resolution of the United […]

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    Fighting Poverty by Incentivising Quality: working with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

Fighting Poverty by Incentivising Quality: working with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

Department alum Shakeel Padamsey, tells us about the social business they co-founded with his wife and ID fellow alumnus Micheal Mugisha, which aims to develop the potential of the speciality coffee industry in Eastern Uganda.

Speciality coffee, renowned for exceptional flavours, traceable origin and higher price, offers a viable business opportunity that is socially and environmentally beneficial. Offering better prices to smallholder coffee growers […]

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    Access to quality and equitable education can transform women’s lives

Access to quality and equitable education can transform women’s lives

MSc Social Policy and Development alum, Asmat Khan, shares with us case studies from two young women from rural Balochistan who managed to transform their lives through accessing education, despite the odds being against them. 

To end poverty in all its forms in Balochistan, efforts must be made to: (1) sustain households escape from chronic poverty over time, and (2) improve services delivery […]

Policy Experimentation in China

Department alum and emerging market strategist, Sebastian Petric explains how China’s policy experimentation in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) has helped the country transition to a modern market economy. 

Policy experimentation is one means that helps to facilitate institutional innovation as the avoidance of entering unknown territory has substantial value-added for reformists. The trajectory of China shows that transformational change can be induced […]