Department Alumni

Using behavioural insights to address COVID-19

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies alumna, Emma Smith, refers back to her 2018 dissertation to provide behavioural insights to addressing COVID-19. 

Two years ago, my MSc dissertation in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies started with a chilling sentence: “It is only a matter of time before the world sees another globally threatening outbreak.” It goes on to say “experts […]

E-wallet credits as the future of cash transfers?

The Malaysian government is currently distributing e-wallet credits to 15 million eligible recipients under its first-ever “e-Tunai Rakyat” (People’s e-Cash) initiative. MSc Development Studies alum, Imran Hakim Mohamedsha, explores its ongoing implementation.

Last October, Malaysia’s Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng, announced several allocations in his 2020 Budget Speech that reflected the government’s aspirations to transition to a digitalized economy. […]

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    Building Ukraine for the future: strengthening governance and addressing corruption

Building Ukraine for the future: strengthening governance and addressing corruption

Emerging Market Strategist with Raiffeisen Research and LSE Alum, Sebastian Petric, looks at Ukraine’s unique political relationship with Russia and it’s important geographical location in linking the West to the East. 

The conflicts in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine as of 2014 has had significant effects on Ukraine, her economy and the local exchange rate. In this report, I argue that Russia was […]

Botswana – an African economic miracle?

MSc Development Studies alum and PhD Candidate at the Centre of African Economies at Roskilde University, Tobias Wuttke, looks at Botswana as an example of economic success in Africa.  

On the rare occasion that international reporting on Botswana goes beyond the topic of elephants, there is often talk of the African miracle or an African success story. This is based on the […]

Reconciling de-growth and development economics

MSc Development Studies alum and PhD Candidate at the Centre of African Economies at Roskilde University, Tobias Wuttke, questions how viable de-growth is a concept in light of the climate crisis when we are also trying to combat income poverty globally. 

Nobody can deny the relevance of the de-growth concept in light of the climate crisis, and the correlation of economic growth […]

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    Community Driven Development for Better Social Services Delivery in Pakistan

Community Driven Development for Better Social Services Delivery in Pakistan

MSc Social Policy and Development alum, Asmat Kakar, looks at how service delivery can be improved for the poor and marginalised population of the Pakistan. 

Pakistan is a developing country and world’s sixth  most populous country with more than 64 percent under the age of 30 and brags the world’s fifth largest nuclear weapons state with 140 to 150 nuclear warheads […]

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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 […]