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    Improved governance in emerging markets – the case of China

Improved governance in emerging markets – the case of China

The link between economic performance and institutions is significant. Research points to the fact that the question is not anymore whether institutions are important but which institutions to focus on, as well as how to develop these. An improvement in the quality of institutions can lead to a substantial growth spurt. One important aspect with respect to institutions is […]

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    Common challenges faced by agriculture in India and the UK, and new opportunities for greener practices

Common challenges faced by agriculture in India and the UK, and new opportunities for greener practices

Recent agricultural policy reforms in India and the UK have highlighted a fundamental paradox: food is the most important good produced in the world, yet those who produce it struggle to earn a living without government subsidies, or by damaging the environment. LSE ID alum, Suhrid Patel questions whether the new UK policy could represent a new approach to support farmers to earn […]

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    Frank Shefrin’s influence on the shifting paradigm of the World Food Programme

Frank Shefrin’s influence on the shifting paradigm of the World Food Programme

From its inception, the World Food Programme, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020, changed the paradigm for international development. This post provides recollections on the paradigm shift by the late Canadian economist Frank Shefrin, one of the program’s founders. The post is authored by behavioural economist Hersh Shefrin, nephew of Frank Shefrin.

Recollections from when the World […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Reflecting on the demise of DfID

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Reflecting on the demise of DfID

On Friday 4 December Clare Short gave an online lecture, ‘Reflecting on the demise of DfID’ as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Lecture series. Clare Short served as a Labour MP from 1983-2010 and in 1997 was appointed Secretary of State for International Development and oversaw the transformation of the previous Agency into the independent Department for […]

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    Jerry Rawlings is dead, but he still looms large in Ghanaian politics

Jerry Rawlings is dead, but he still looms large in Ghanaian politics

LSE International Development alum and freelance writer, Noble Kofi Nazzah looks at the life and legacy of Jerry Rawlings, Ghana’s former President and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). 

This piece was first published on Foreignpolicy.com.

Ask any Ghanaian to guess which political party I am likely to support and they will, without mincing words, tell you the National Democratic […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Inequality in Latin America: Markets, Covid-19 and Policies

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Inequality in Latin America: Markets, Covid-19 and Policies

On Friday 27 November, Professor Nora Lustig gave an online lecture, ‘Inequality in Latin America: Markets, Covid-19 and Policies’ as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and the founding Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQ) at Tulane University. She is also a […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

On Friday 20 November Professor Jimi Adesina gave an online lecture, ‘Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa’ in honour of Professor Thandika Mkandawire and as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Jimi Adesina is professor and the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the College of Graduate Studies, University of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System that Rules the World

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System that Rules the World

On Friday 13 November, Professor Branko Milanovic gave an online lecture, ‘Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System that Rules the World’ as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Branko Milanovic is a visiting presidential professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a senior scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-economic Inequality. Read more about […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Panel on China in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Panel on China in Africa

On Friday 30 October, guest lecturers Deborah Brautigam, Folashade Soule-Kohndou and Shirley Ze Yu delivered an online lecture on “China in Africa” as part of the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Otobong Mmah tells us what she took away from the lecture.

You can watch the guest lecture back on YouTube.  

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Human Induced Climate Change: Dealing with loss and damage

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Human Induced Climate Change: Dealing with loss and damage

On Friday 23 October, Professor Saleemul Huq delivered an online lecture on “Human Induced Climate Change: Dealing with loss and damage”, as part of the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Saleemul Huq  is the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh, and is an expert on the links between climate change and […]