Fieldwork and Travel

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    Economic opportunity increasingly drives female migration in Ghana

Economic opportunity increasingly drives female migration in Ghana

Between 2000 and 2010, several important demographic shifts occurred amongst female migrants in Ghana. Using primary and secondary data, Dr. Samantha Lattof, Professor Ernestina Coast, Professor Tiziana Leone, and Dr. Philomena Nyarko discuss the increase in internal migration among young, unmarried women and how economic opportunity drives contemporary female migration in Ghana.

Historically, migration-related employment amongst girls and women was […]

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    Self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda: a band-aid on a bullet wound?

Self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda: a band-aid on a bullet wound?

PhD candidate, Costanza Torre refers to her ethnographic fieldwork in which she investigates self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda and questions whether, although well-meaning, they are taking the focus away from urgent socio-economic issues. 

Over the past three decades, mental health has become a mainstream component of humanitarian aid worldwide – so much so, in fact, that psychological programmes have […]

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    Conducting transnational participatory research with women during Covid-19 remotely: an impossibility?

Conducting transnational participatory research with women during Covid-19 remotely: an impossibility?

Dr Sonja Marzi, an LSE Fellow in the Department of Methodology, teaches research design and methodology in the Department of International Development. She was recently awarded a prestigious LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund (KEI) grant to co-produce knowledge with migrant women on the gendered right to the city in Medellín, Colombia. Her project and planned travel were disrupted […]

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    The potential of India’s Village Health Committees in containing the spread of diseases

The potential of India’s Village Health Committees in containing the spread of diseases

Drawing on her research in rural Karnataka, south India, Shirin Madon discusses the importance of Village Health Committees in taking village-level measures and interventions to contain the diffusion of diseases.

In recent years, many developing countries such as India, Tanzania and Bangladesh have introduced village health committees as part of efforts to improve the functioning and effectiveness of health systems. […]

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    Voices of Informality: the story of a migrant construction worker from Bengal

Voices of Informality: the story of a migrant construction worker from Bengal

This three part weekly series by Harshita Sinha brings forth the narratives and voices from the invisible workers in the Indian Informal Economy during the Covid-19 lock down. In the third and final part of the series we look at the story of Rahil* a migrant construction worker from Bengal. 

“Ghar Jane do bus” (Just let us go home)

Rahil, 22, a migrant […]

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    Voices of Informality: the story of a mason and domestic helper

Voices of Informality: the story of a mason and domestic helper

This three part weekly series by Harshita Sinha brings forth the narratives and voices from the invisible workers in the Indian Informal Economy during the Covid-19 lock down. In the second of this series we look at the story of Raju*, a mason, and his wife Jai Devi*, a domestic helper. 

The Indian informal economy accounts for roughly 90% of India’s total workforce, with […]

“Mama I made it!” – 2020 HID Geneva trip

In February, 27 students from the M.Sc. Health and International Development program travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to visit various international health-related organizations. This trip was organized by the student Geneva trip committee (Matilda, Bryan and Ellie) and accompanied by Prof. Ernestina Coast, the HID program coordinator, and Dr. Rishita Nandagiri, an LSE fellow in the International Development Department. Shruti Cheriyan […]

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    Health and International Development students on Being Human

Health and International Development students on Being Human

MSc Health and International Development students and staff give us their individual reflections on a visit to the Wellcome Collection’s Being Human exhibition which explores what it means to be human in the 21st century.

“On Friday, January 17, upon completion of our final exam (and still procrastinating with one of the final essays), students from the Health and International Department voyaged all […]

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    Absence of Local Government in Balochistan: Where is Government of the People?

Absence of Local Government in Balochistan: Where is Government of the People?

Social Policy and Development Expert, Asmat Kakar, reports on the role of local government in delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Balochistan. 

Participatory grassroots local government is inevitable for delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in poor and marginalized areas. It not only ensures improving access to basic services but provides an effective platform to the poor, peasants, workers and women to […]

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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.  […]