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    5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Year at the LSE

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Year at the LSE

Recent graduate and newly appointed Student Experience Officer, Sarah Neuenschwander, gives her top 5 tips to new students on saving a few pounds… and time!

When I arrived in London in mid-September last year, I was looking forward to a few days of exploring the city. Well, I underestimated the time it takes to deal with the dull administrative stuff before […]

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    Evaluating the Remnants of the Washington Consensus – A Study on Water Privatization

Evaluating the Remnants of the Washington Consensus – A Study on Water Privatization

Sylvia Cesar, MSc Development Management 2017-2018, summarises her recently published article titled ‘Privatization of Water: Evaluating its Performance in the Developing World’. 

The 1990s Washington Consensus and structural adjustment recommendations have been widely criticized in the International Development sphere for several reasons. The literature has indicated that the social and political context in which these neo-liberal economic policies were implemented […]

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    Research to Practice: Engaging the Private Sector for improving Livelihoods in Disaster-Prone Areas

Research to Practice: Engaging the Private Sector for improving Livelihoods in Disaster-Prone Areas

The MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies consultancy group for Partners for Resilience (PfR) cultivated an enriching partnership that led to a presentation to PfR staff at The Hague on the student’s report entitled Building Resilience with Private Sector Engagement: Enabling Socially and Environmentally responsible Investments in Disaster-Prone Communities. Olivia Singer, Yudan Chen, Tamilore Odunaiya share their experiences.

Contributing to current programming in disaster-prone developing […]

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    Security crisis in the Colombo-Ecuadorian border: The other side of the Colombian peace process

Security crisis in the Colombo-Ecuadorian border: The other side of the Colombian peace process

MSc Development Management student, Carlos Alberto Varela, explores the security crises on the Colombo-Ecuadorian border and explains why both governments need to take action to ensure peace in the coca producing and trafficking area.   

On December 2016 president Juan Manuel Santos was a special guest at the Oslo City Hall. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for – as he proudly declared – […]

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 […]