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    Co-founding a Social Enterprise in Ghana since Graduating from the LSE

Co-founding a Social Enterprise in Ghana since Graduating from the LSE

Since graduating from the LSE with an MSc in Development Management, Gen Kawasaki has co-developed a social impact company that specialises in selling customised graduation scarves to students across the UK. The scarves are hand-woven by cooperatives in Ghana and have a strong emphasis on promoting kente cloth and its heritage – a type of Ghanaian fabric made of […]

The political economy of Duterte’s war on drugs

Yesterday, the vice president of the Philippines, Maria Leonor Robredon, accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer of a lead role on his brutal crackdown against drugs. Department alumni, Arbie Baguios, Rebecca Kong, Larissa Phillips, and Andrew Mahon, question whether ineffective monitoring could be the drive behind Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 Philippine presidency not just through a concerted disinformation campaign, but […]

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    Why RCTs aren’t the simple answer to solving India’s learning crisis

Why RCTs aren’t the simple answer to solving India’s learning crisis

Following this year’s Nobel prize in Economics and the attention it has drawn to the use of RCT’s in development planning, Martin Haus and Rakesh Rajak question whether RCTs really have the potential to solve India’s learning crisis.  

This year’s Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to the three researchers Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, who are well-known for their […]

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    Unlocking Women’s Self-Confidence: success stories from Rural Sindh

Unlocking Women’s Self-Confidence: success stories from Rural Sindh

Social Policy and Development Expert, Asmat Kakar, highlights three SUCCESS case studies from women in Rural Sindh.

Self-confidence is important for perceiving our innate potentials. It is critical not only for self-transformation but also for tackling community issues in an organized way. National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) under the Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS) Programme works with millions […]

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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 […]