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    What can some famous historical figures tell us about surviving a major pandemic?

What can some famous historical figures tell us about surviving a major pandemic?

While we are in the midst of some historic times with the spread of the novel coronavirus, this is not the first pandemic we’ve experienced as a species. There have been more than a dozen major pandemics throughout history. In the second of a three part series looking at the Covid-19 pandemic and worker displacement, Emma and Ross Smith […]

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    Learning From Home in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown: opening up possibilities or baring inequalities?

Learning From Home in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown: opening up possibilities or baring inequalities?

Anushna Jha uses Bihar, India, as an example to understand the challenges posed by technology-enabled education as countries look to continue the teaching and learning process in times of emergency. 

Schools in about 188 countries are currently shut owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. There is discussion around how to continue the teaching-learning process in these times of emergency. Many […]

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    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and An Infection (AI): how Covid-19 is accelerating the future of work

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and An Infection (AI): how Covid-19 is accelerating the future of work

In the first of a three part series looking at the Covid-19 pandemic and worker displacement, Emma Smith and Ross Smith look at the the accelerating effect the outbreak will have on the future of work.  

We’ve heard a lot about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how the nature of work will change as machine intelligence starts to pass human […]

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 […]