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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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  • Permalink U.S. Army Pfc. Cory Acres, a native of Lakenheath, England, gunner assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, uses a handheld interagency identity detection equipment system to scan the fingerprints of an Afghan man June 8, 2012. The HIIDE system scans an individual’s biographical information and matches it against an internal database. The system allows soldiers in the field to quickly identify whether a person of interest is on a watch list and creates reports to support further intelligence analysis.Gallery

    Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics

Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics

Guest bloggers, Claire Walkey, Dr. Caitlin Procter and Dr. Nora Bardelli from Oxford University, explore the potential benefits, risks and ethical challenges of biometric refugee registration. 

UNHCR currently uses biometric technology in 52 countries, which means over six million refugees are now biometrically registered. It is also currently expanding its use of biometrics to capture a full set of refugees’ fingerprints and their […]

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    Taxing Times: Taxation, divided societies and the informal economy in Northern Nigeria

Taxing Times: Taxation, divided societies and the informal economy in Northern Nigeria

Dr Kate Meagher summaries her recent article published in The Journal of Development Studies 54(1) for which she has been awarded the journal’s Dudley Seers Memorial Prize for the best article of 2018.

The article challenges the popular contention that taxing the informal economy is an effective means of enhancing political voice among informal actors and rebuilding the social contract between […]

How rich, liberal societies got to be that way

Professor Robert Wade responds to Martin Wolf’s recent article, “Liberalism triumphant and embattled”, for the Financial Times: 

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Martin Wolf, in “Liberalism triumphant and embattled” (July 3),  says:  “Societies based on liberal ideas are the most successful in history,”  He illustrates his column with a chart of countries placed by GDP per head on the vertical axis and a […]

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    Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East: between state ignorance and obsolete laws

Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East: between state ignorance and obsolete laws

Following recent celebrations for International Domestic Workers’ Day, Youmna Cham, May Ghanem and Abir El Danaf explore the Kafala System and the daily injustices Women Migrant Domestic Workers are encountering in the Middle East and particularly in Lebanon. 

Imagine yourself working more than 15 hours a day without a break, not a moment’s respite, and where you are not entitled to […]

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    Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

MSc Environment and Development candidates, Cristiane Mazzetti and Júlia Bussab Fonseca, pick apart Bolsonaro’s efforts to dismantle environmental policies in Brazil and the impact this has had on the international commodities market. 

Leveraged by a massive popular dissatisfaction with the economic and political crisis in Brazil, the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected with the declared intention of recovering the economy. Since the electoral […]

Student life in the Department of International Development

From an exciting range of different courses, conferences and events, to a rich variety of students: the Department of International Development has lots to offer! Find out more about the experiences of two of the Department’s current Student Ambassadors.

Lucy Lu, MSc Development Studies 2018/19

Academic Coursework

For Development Studies, in addition to the two term-long courses DV400 Development: History, Theory and […]

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    Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Professor Ken Shadlen summaries a recent paper he, Elize Fonseca (FGV-Sao Paulo) and Francisco Bastos (FIOCRUZ) co-authored for the Journal of Latin American Studies, which looks at the role of public health professionals as agents of reform within the Ministry of Health in Brazil. 

Integrating the goals of improving health systems with initiatives to foster science and technological (S&T) development […]

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    Smuggling and maintaining peace along North Africa’s borderlands

Smuggling and maintaining peace along North Africa’s borderlands

PhD candidate, Max Gallien, writes for The Washington Post about the role smuggling has played in maintaining the fragile peace along North Africa’s borderlands.

Last week, Moroccan police confiscated over 12 tons of cannabis in the border town of Nador. Last year, the seizure of over 700 kg of cocaine in Algeria triggered high-profile arrests and public outrage. As dramatic stories of drug trafficking […]

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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.  […]