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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.  […]

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    Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Professor Ken Shadlen questions whether the cost of forging complex trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the US outweighs the benefits. 

The United States’ last week threatened to apply tariffs on imports from Mexico unless Mexico revamped its approach to Central American migrants passing through the country. This move underscores the power asymmetries in the global […]

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    Naila Kabeer on why Randomised Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

Naila Kabeer on why Randomised Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

Professor Naila Kabeer summarises a recent article in which she reviews two sets of studies from West Bengal and Sindh, and finds that inattention to the question of human agency is one of the key limitations of Randomised Controlled Trials. 

You can list to Professor Kabeer’s interview with Duncan Green about the article here. 

There’s a buzz abroad in the development community […]

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    Two steps forward, one step back: the ongoing fight for abortion rights

Two steps forward, one step back: the ongoing fight for abortion rights

The 25th May 2019 marks a year since the Republic of Ireland popularly voted to legalise abortion by repealing the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, marking on an ongoing cultural shift in the country. Three Master’s students, Eric Frasco, Eloise O’Carroll and Rachel Speechley, tell us more about the campaign leading up to it.

The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, […]

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    How do 40 supersmart young Global Activists want to change the world?

How do 40 supersmart young Global Activists want to change the world?

Professor in Practice and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Duncan Green, summarises the strengths and areas for improvement from his 2019 Advocacy, Campaigning and Grassroots Activism cohort.

I’ve spent the last three weeks buried in marking. For most academics, this is the time of the year they complain about most – marking at Masters level is an exhausting affair requiring sustained concentration to spot […]

DESTIN Society Celebrates 10th Annual Industry Dinner

Just before the start of busy Summer Term, students of the International Development Department had the opportunity to attend DESTIN’s annual Industry Dinner, which connects students with professionals from the field of international development. DESTIN’s president, Gabriella Reimer, shares the experience with us.

On April 26, 2019 International Development students, development professionals, and departmental representatives gathered at the Rembrandt hotel […]

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    Extinction Rebellion: student perspectives by Honj Kwon and Eloise O’Carroll

Extinction Rebellion: student perspectives by Honj Kwon and Eloise O’Carroll

Eloïse O’Carroll and Hyeonju Kwon, both MSc Environment and Development candidates, joined the week long climate change protests over Easter in London. They tell us about the cause and their experience with Extinction Rebellion. 

If you were in London over Easter, you probably encountered the activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR). Honj Kwon and Eloise O’Carroll, master’s students in Environment and Development […]