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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 […]

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    Promoting gender equality in/through schools – examples to learn from

Promoting gender equality in/through schools – examples to learn from

In the first of this two-part article on promoting gender equality through schools, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah explore successful examples from around the world. 

The second half of the series will be published on Tuesday 19 February. 

Education and Gender Equality- Interconnections

There is a lot in common between education and gender equality- both are instrumental to the development of a society as also […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – I’m the new director of Oxfam, ask me anything!

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – I’m the new director of Oxfam, ask me anything!

For the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice series, the new director of Oxfam, Danny Sriskandarajah, answered challenging questions from the Department’s students during a two-hour long Q&A session. Read here about what one of the students took away from the session.

“I am interested in the art of transformation, not in the science of […]

  • Permalink U.S. Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Regiment unload Humanitarian aid for distribution to the town of Rajan Kala, Afghanistan Dec. 05, 2009. Charlie Company used their Stryker armored vehicles to move the Humanitarian aid from the Joint District Community Center to the town of Rajan Kala. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II/Released)Gallery

    Do Western donors increasingly use development aid to protect their own security?

Do Western donors increasingly use development aid to protect their own security?

Guest bloggers, Ivica Petrikova and Melita Lazell summarise a paper in which they examine whether and how securitisation has affected the distribution of UK, US, Danish and Swedish development aid by sector through investigating how conflict in aid-recipient states and the extent to which these states are perceived as a security threat, affect aid commitments to priority sectors; democratisation and peace, conflict and security.

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The art and science of measurement in aid and development

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The art and science of measurement in aid and development

Counting what counts – the art and science of measurement in development: This was the title of Claire Hutchings’ compelling talk for the Department of International Development’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice series last Friday, 25 January. Read about her lecture and what students thought about it here.

In her lecture: Counting what counts – the art […]

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    Book Review: Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

Book Review: Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Florian Weigand, finds over 600 pages on the history of the Pakistani army in the second edition of Shuja Nawaz’s book, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within, which provides an important description of the backdrop of contemporary dynamics in the country.
Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within. Shuja Nawaz Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks. 2017

In the second edition […]

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    Better Blending: Making the case for transparency and accountability in blended finance

Better Blending: Making the case for transparency and accountability in blended finance

Jovan Johnson, Khai Leang Yeap, Sebastien Feron and Alyssa Bryan provide a summary of a student consulting project recently published by Transparency International (TI), arguably the world’s main civil society coalition leading the fight against corruption. The group of four students were tasked, as part of the MSc Development Management programme, with researching corruption risks faced by development finance institutions (DFIs) […]

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    Technical and Vocational Education and Trainings: The Linchpin of Economic Development for Young people

Technical and Vocational Education and Trainings: The Linchpin of Economic Development for Young people

MSc Social Policy and Development alum, Asmat Kakar, shares with us case studies from young beneficiaries of the Technical and Vocational Education and Trainings (TVET) in Balochistan, Pakistan. 

Advancement in human development is imperative for the socioeconomic development of any country. Therefore, forward looking and well advised governments always give priority to policies, strategies and programmes for improving human development. One of the […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Can business be more than a profit maximiser?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Can business be more than a profit maximiser?

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice series started off with a great first lecture in the new term, given by Erinch Sahan of the World Fair Trade Organisation. During the 90-minute lecture, Erinch discussed the question of whether business can be more than a profit maximiser. In this article, two of the Department’s students share their […]