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We need to know more about Africa – Africa at LSE

In a post originally written for the Africa at LSE blog, Professor Tim Allen, inaugural Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa made possible through a generous gift from Firoz Lalji through the Lalji Family Foundation, highlights the inadequate amount of rigorous and independent research being done on Africa and calls for institutions in the Global North to increase […]

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    Visiting Professor Kevin Watkins Appointed Chief Executive of Save The Children UK

Visiting Professor Kevin Watkins Appointed Chief Executive of Save The Children UK

Kevin Watkins, one of the world’s leading thinkers on international development, has been appointed Chief Executive of Save the Children UK.

He will take up his position on the 28th September.

Kevin joins Save the Children after a three-year term as the Executive Director of the influential UK think tank, the Overseas Development Institute.

Prior to this, his 30 year career has […]

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    LSE International Development student wins medal for bravery during UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

LSE International Development student wins medal for bravery during UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

An LSE International Development postgraduate student has been awarded the New Zealand Gallantry Star for two acts of extraordinary bravery while serving as an army major in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Geoff Faraday, 39,  retired from the army last year and is now studying for a Masters in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies.

Last year, while serving […]

Sam Moyo 23 September 1954- 22 November 2015

The Department of International Development was saddened today to learn about the death of Sam Moyo. Professor Moyo was an expert in land and agrarian issues in Zimbabwe and well known at the LSE. In his memory the LSE IDEAs Team reflect upon his remarkable life:
Sam Moyo

23 September 1954- 22 November 2015

In deep sorrow we mourn the sudden and untimely death of […]

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    Bolivia after the Boom: Are Hard Times Coming? Q&A with Jean-Paul Faguet

Bolivia after the Boom: Are Hard Times Coming? Q&A with Jean-Paul Faguet

I’m currently visiting Bolivia for the LACEA 2015 conference, and also giving a series of lectures in La Paz and Santa Cruz associated with my new book. I first lived here in the mid-1990s, and got to know the country well. Bolivia is transformed since then; the changes are breathtaking. The country is vastly richer, its political establishment has been […]

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    Why the fear of the Magna Carta in Beijing? Mayling Birney speaks to BBC Newshour

Why the fear of the Magna Carta in Beijing? Mayling Birney speaks to BBC Newshour

The Magna Carta exhibit in Beijing was suddenly moved from Renmin University to the British Ambassador’s residence, where few will get to see it. On yesterday’s BBC Newshour, Dr Mayling Birney spoke with James Coomarasamy about why Chinese leaders and Renmin University are so wary of the Magna Carta. JC: The Magna Carta is on a world tour this year […]

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    Romancing Principles and Human Rights: Are Humanitarian Principles Salvageable? – Stuart Gordon

Romancing Principles and Human Rights: Are Humanitarian Principles Salvageable? – Stuart Gordon

Dr Stuart Gordon, Programme Director for the MSc International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies, gave a paper at Manchester University’s three-day international conference: ‘A Quest for Humanitarian Effectiveness?’  The paper was co-authored with Antonio Donini, former Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (1999-2002) and Chief of the Lessons Learned Unit at the UN’s Office […]

Welcome to the LSE. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

The Department of International Development extends a very warm welcome to our incoming students. We’re delighted that you’ve joined us. Whether you’ve arrived fresh from your first degree or as a mid-career professional, you’ve been offered a highly coveted place here because you have demonstrated the capabilities that will allow you to thrive and to benefit from our rigorous MSc […]

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    Conflict and Humanitarian Response – The Summer Course at LSE

Conflict and Humanitarian Response – The Summer Course at LSE

As conflicts and crises continue to stretch the humanitarian system, there is a growing need for critical thinking and reflection. As a result, in early July, the International Development department co-hosted, with the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group, a ‘Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response’. The course provided an opportunity for 40 mid-career and senior professionals to learn […]

  • Professor Thandika Mkandawire appointed as new Chair in African Development at LSE
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    LSE’s Mkandawire to speak on agricultural development in Malawi

LSE’s Mkandawire to speak on agricultural development in Malawi

Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Chair in African Development at LSE, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) conference at the end of July. CISANET is a policy organisation concerned with agriculture and food security policy issues. Its 2015 National Conference will take place next week (29-30th July) at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, […]