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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Leveraging the private sector to achieve development

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Leveraging the private sector to achieve development

On Friday 9 February, Laura Kelly, Head of the Business Engagement Hub at Department for International Development, delivered a talk about leveraging the private sector to achieve development. The talk was part of the Cutting Edge in Development series, hosted by the Department of International Development.

Two graduate students, Sylvia Cesar and Francesco Giacomini, both with very different views of the theme reflect on the talk. 

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Clare Short on fifteen years of development aid

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Clare Short on fifteen years of development aid

Graduate student, Ashley Feldman, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by guest lecturer, Clare Short, about her time as Secretary of State for International Development between 1997 and 2003. 

The date was May 1st 1997. Tony Blair’s New Labour government had just swept to power winning the general election with a huge majority of 179 seats.

Having secured victory, Clare Short was […]

Ensuring better safeguarded rights of female workers

In a recent Development Management workshop led by Professor of Gender and Development, Naila Kabeer, students discussed what effect global trade has had on ensuring and bettering the safeguarded rights of female workers. 

The following article has been written by a Master’s student who wishes to remain anonymous.

In 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 […]

Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Dr Laura Mann presents the Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid White Paper, co-written with Dr Kate Meagher. The White Paper follows on from a workshop held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre in 2016, which brought together stakeholders to address the challenges of digital inclusion for workers at the bottom of the pyramid in Africa.

Last year, my colleague Kate Meagher and I organised a conference at the Rockefeller […]

In search of the wurst reading list

The academic world is reassessing reading lists for gender bias. How did it all start? 

The trigger was a lecture from DFID Chief Economist, Stefan Dercon, who visited LSE to give a talk on The Future of Aid as part of the Cutting Edge in Development series. In a lecture on ‘aid in messy places’, Dercon mentioned the ‘Big Ideals, […]

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    Book Review: Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

Book Review: Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

In Coalitions and Compliance, Kenneth Shadlen, Professor of Development Studies and Head of Department in the Department of International Development, examines how international changes can reconfigure domestic politics. The book presents global changes in intellectual property, particularly regarding pharmaceutical patents, and the ensuing challenges for developing countries through a systematic comparative analysis of pharmaceutical patent politics in Latin America’s three largest countries […]

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    Summary of Workshop Series Week 9 – Stephan Chambers on challenges in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship

Summary of Workshop Series Week 9 – Stephan Chambers on challenges in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship

Student experience: The last Development Management Workshop invited Stephan Chambers, inaugural director of the Marshall Institute and Professor in Practice at the Department of Management at LSE, to speak about the challenges faced in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. 

For the term’s final workshop Mr. Stephan Chambers came to discuss philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, issues are of crucial importance at a time […]

The World Humanitarian Action Forum 2017

The World Humanitarian Action Forum 2017 (WHAF) took place in Westminster yesterday, and served as a opportunity to bring together humanitarian organisations to work together on key issues effecting the industry. 

This year, the WHAF focused on three key themes:

1. De-risking and financial access: The impact on humanitarian organisations

2. Localisation agenda: Improved coordination and sustainable investment

3. Conflicts and Crises: Forced migration, […]

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    Summary of Workshop Series Week 5 – Sharing experiences from the field

Summary of Workshop Series Week 5 – Sharing experiences from the field

Student experience: The second Development Management Workshop encouraged students to share their experiences working for organisations in the field, and to question why the projects they worked on failed or were successful.

For the second session of the DV431 Workshop Series, Prof. E. A. (Teddy) Brett invited students to learn from each other’s experiences working for organisations (i.e. firms, government […]

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    ?Doughnut Economics: how to save the planet and still have growth

?Doughnut Economics: how to save the planet and still have growth

Professor Duncan Green gives us an insight into Doughnut Economics, and tells us why this popular book has the potential to make life sweeter. This article has been cross-posted (and slightly updated) from From Poverty to Power. 

Author, Kate Raworth, will be talking about her book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, on Thursday 23rd November at the LSE. Click here for […]