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Five things I learnt about Palestine last Friday

MSc Health and International Development student, Dr Harikeerthan Raghuram, covered the recent guest lecture from Dr Rafeef Ziadah, Palestinian-Canadian poet and human rights activist, as part of our weekly International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Harikeerthan gives his reflections on the lecture and tells us what he took away from the event.

“2.7 million in the West Bank….2 […]

The impact of sustainable finance on the African Continent

Alumn, Sebastian Petric and guest blogger, Merja Laakso, discuss the need to increase finance for clean energy markets on the African continent, and use the example of Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) as an initiative that addresses this gap. 

Poverty reduction has been one of the key objectives for developing country governments, as well as international development institutions for decades. In this […]

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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 […]

Poverty: The most pressing human rights issue

Guest blogger, Giorgos Koulouris, looks at the current state of global poverty and suggests how the Sustainable Development Goals can help in creating a fairer world for all. 

Mahatma Gandhi had stated that “poverty is the worst form of violence,” a phenomenon that mainly plagues the population in the developing countries. Poverty is key issue for human rights, sustainable development, social […]

Is the law enough to end child marriage?

To meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) campaign to end child marriage (target 5.3), the Bangladesh parliament passed the 2017 Child Marriage Restraint Act which requires marriage registrars to verify age by checking identity cards and birth certificates. Guest bloggers, Sajeda Amin, M Niaz Asadullah, Sara Hossain and Zaki Wahhaj analyse how effective the law has been since its implementation two years ago.

An estimated 650 […]

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 […]

Intent vs. Impact: Dr. Pallavi Roy on digital identities

MSc Development Studies student, Anastasia Putri, covered the recent guest lecture from Pallavi Roy, Lecturer in International Economics, as part of our weekly International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Anastasia gives her reflections on the lecture and tells us what she took away from the event.

As identities and privacy on social media become exceedingly pressing […]

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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 […]

Alcinda Honwana on Youth Politics and Social Movements

MSc Development Management student, Faith Akor, covered the recent guest lecture from Alcinda Honwana, Strategic Director at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Faith gives her reflections on the lecture and tells us what she took away from the event.
The growing population of youth world over […]

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    Resistance, revolt and gender justice in Egypt: contending narratives of pathways of change

Resistance, revolt and gender justice in Egypt: contending narratives of pathways of change

MSc Development Studies student, Tao Platt, covered the recent guest lecture from Mariz Tadros, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex specialising in the politics and human development of the Middle East, as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Tao gives his reflections on the lecture […]