Student Experience

Could zakat change the face of refugee aid?

In a recent article for The Washington Post, current MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Olivia Quinn, looks at the potential of zakat to change the face of refugee aid. 

We live in a world with an estimated 22.5 million refugees, a global crisis that is only becoming more protracted and complex. This World Refugee Day, humanitarian funding deficits have reached […]

How can a Pakistani and an Indian be friends?

International Development students Mehrin Shah and Anushna Jha talk about their friendship which transcends the India-Pakistan border. 

DISCLAIMER – This piece of writing is about the friendship of two graduate students at the LSE, one from Pakistan and the other from India. If you have time and the inclination to read it and especially if you are an Indian or a […]

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    The World Isn’t Flat: new development podcast by four LSE grad students

The World Isn’t Flat: new development podcast by four LSE grad students

MSc Development Management student and podcaster David Yamron tells us more about The World Isn’t Flat, an international development podcast he started with three other students from the Department of International Development at the LSE: 

The World Isn’t Flat is a new podcast on international development hosted by four graduate students at the London School of Economics. Our intent in starting the […]

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    The HDI’s the Limit: Imagining a More Inclusive Measure for Development in India

The HDI’s the Limit: Imagining a More Inclusive Measure for Development in India

According to the Human Development Index (HDI), India fell one place on the list of country rankings. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies Candidate, Emma Smith, explains why the HDI falls short in measuring development, and why India might be doing better than we think. 

India is a country that saw rapid 7.1% growth in GDP in 2016 alone. Yet as An Uncertain […]

Because we let it happen

Development Studies student, Anushna Jha, shares a few lines in response to the horrific news of the brutal death of an 8 year old girl in her home country of India:
An 8-year-old was raped, tortured, killed
Because we let this happen
Because we have reduced cases of sexual violence to breaking news and primetime debates
Because we have normalised sexism and misogyny and […]

Development student receives two LSE prizes

Congratulations to MSc Development Studies student, Aurelia Streit, who was awarded Best Abstract and LSE Life Prize at the LSE Beveridge Research Festival.

Aurelia’s abstract entitled, “It Was Not Syria But the War That Gave Us Women Rights!” How Forced Displacement Can Be a Catalyst for Women’s Empowerment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, was selected from 90 entries. The judges felt the piece, which […]

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    Strengthening and maximising humanitarian impact in peacekeeping pre-deployment training

Strengthening and maximising humanitarian impact in peacekeeping pre-deployment training

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies students, Emma Smith, Atem Kuek, and Irene Álvarez-Díaz, tell us about their consultancy project with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), for which they researched ways of strengthening and maximising humanitarian impact in peacekeeping pre-deployment training for blue helmets, UN police, and regional organisations. 

As a part of the LSE Masters in International Development […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Globalisation, Development and the Metabolic Rift

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Globalisation, Development and the Metabolic Rift

On Friday 9 February, guest lecturer Dr. Barbara Harriss-White delivered the last lecture in Cutting Edge in Development series on globalisation, development and the Metabolic Rift. MSc Environment and Development student, Kruti Munot (@krutimunot), reflects on the lecture. 

As a student of Environment and Development, I often leave my lectures feeling slightly unsettled. It is difficult to confront the complexities of the environment-development nexus without […]

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    LSE Development Management Students Team Up with the IDB in Haiti

LSE Development Management Students Team Up with the IDB in Haiti

MSc Development Management students Ben Gebhardt, Sharon Sagues, Cristina Viladomiu and Gen Kawasaki, tell us about their trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they researched the city’s creative sectors as a means of economic growth.

The research trip informed the group’s Development Management consultancy project with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

In the past couple of decades, the international development community has paid […]

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    Can We Count on Improved Accountability Through ICTs?: The Brazilian Case

Can We Count on Improved Accountability Through ICTs?: The Brazilian Case

MSc students Chengxue Yang, Kuranda Morgan, Minjee Kim, Qihua Huang and Wishchapol Techawiwattanarkarn, use the case of the electronic voting system in Brazil to analyse whether technology can improve accountability. This article is a summary of their recent group research project for Policy, Bureaucracy and Development (DV450).

In October 2018, Brazilians will go to the polls to once again elect a new president […]