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    Fighting Poverty by Incentivising Quality: working with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

Fighting Poverty by Incentivising Quality: working with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

Department alum Shakeel Padamsey, tells us about the social business they co-founded with with his wife and ID fellow alumnus Micheal Mugisha, which aims to develop the potential of the speciality coffee industry in Eastern Uganda.

Speciality coffee, renowned for exceptional flavours, traceable origin and higher price, offers a viable business opportunity that is socially and environmentally beneficial. Offering better prices to smallholder coffee […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Faith and International Development: Beyond Secular Assumptions

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Faith and International Development: Beyond Secular Assumptions

On Friday, 8 March, we welcomed James Walters of the LSE’s Faith Centre for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. He gave a thought-provoking talk on the role of faith in international development. Two of the Department’s students share their thoughts about the lecture.

What feeling do you get when you think about mixing religion […]

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    International Women’s Day blog: The grit behind the glitch

International Women’s Day blog: The grit behind the glitch

For International Women’s Day, Krista Kartson introduces us to Seyi Akiwowo, Newham’s youngest Councillor and the founder of Glitch, a non-profit startup aimed at ending cyber bullying. 

She speaks with the conviction of a woman who knows what she is talking about—because she lived it. The name of her non-profit, Glitch, refers to the unintended negative consequences that can come with internet […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Fighting for breath: Why is the world failing to tackle the deadliest killer of children?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Fighting for breath: Why is the world failing to tackle the deadliest killer of children?

For the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series last Friday, Kevin Watkins of Save the Children gave a compelling talk about one of the biggest killer of children: pneumonia. Read about what two of the Department’s students thought about his lecture.

Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive of Save the Children, starts his lecture, “Why is the world […]

Policy Experimentation in China

Department alum and emerging market strategist, Sebastian Petric explains how China’s policy experimentation in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) has helped the country transition to a modern market economy. 

Policy experimentation is one means that helps to facilitate institutional innovation as the avoidance of entering unknown territory has substantial value-added for reformists. The trajectory of China shows that transformational change can be induced […]

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    What should I have said? Reflections on Humanitarian Networks Partnerships Week (HNPW)

What should I have said? Reflections on Humanitarian Networks Partnerships Week (HNPW)

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies candidate, Emma Simons reflects on her time at UN OCHA’s Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week (HNPW), and makes suggestions for the next year’s gathering. We’ve all had that moment when we walk away from a conversation and five minutes later the perfect comeback pops into your head. Last week, I got accosted at the OCHA-led […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Development, Big Business and the Environment

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Development, Big Business and the Environment

On Friday, 15 February, Barbara Harris-White from Wolfson College, Oxford, gave a timely talk on “Development, Big Business and the Environment” for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Here’s what MSc Environment and Development student, James Diffey and part-time MSc Development Management student, Celine Zins took away from the lecture.

We could not have been treated to a more […]

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    Promoting gender equality in/through school – a road map for South Asia

Promoting gender equality in/through school – a road map for South Asia

In the second of this two-part article on promoting gender equality through schools, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah provide a road map for South Asia in which schools and the government work together. 

The Status Quo-

While incidents of rape, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence have become commonplace today, they rest on a deep-rooted structure of patriarchy and gender inequality. This structural feature […]

The role of China in the agricultural sector in Africa

On Monday, 11 February, some of the students of the Department of International Development attended a seminar given by guest lecturer Professor Tang Lixia on the role of China in the agricultural sector in Africa. Read about the seminar here.

In a 90-minute-long conversation, students were able to listen to Professor Tang Lixia’s presentation and ask burning questions on the […]

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Developmental States

On Friday, 8 February, Stephan Haggard from the University of California San Diego gave a compelling talk on “Developmental States” for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Here’s what two of the Department’s students took away from the lecture.

On a particularly miserable February night (*as a Brit I’d like to apologise to my international […]