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    ‘When They Bring Light’ Policy: scheduled lockdowns, unscheduled power cuts in Nigeria

‘When They Bring Light’ Policy: scheduled lockdowns, unscheduled power cuts in Nigeria

MSc African Development candidate, Ikenna Oguguo, summarises his recent article “When They Bring Light” published in THISDAY and The Cableng, which looks at how the providers in the Nigerian energy sector can help the country cope with the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond. 

Growing up in Nigeria, the answer to many questions about when something could happen – when work could get […]

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    How could pandemic surveillance tools adversely affect vulnerable populations?

How could pandemic surveillance tools adversely affect vulnerable populations?

In the second instalment of a two-part series exploring the implications of Covid-19 for digital rights and data ethics, MSc Health and International Development alumna Elise Racine focuses on the potential impact of emerging tech solutions for vulnerable populations.

As I mentioned in my first piece, a wave of new technological solutions has emerged as part of the efforts to tackle […]

What does the Covid-19 pandemic mean for digital rights?

In the first instalment of a two-part series exploring the implications of Covid-19 for digital rights and data ethics, MSc Health and International Development alumna Elise Racine looks at what lessons can be drawn from her 2019 dissertation.

While at the London School of Economics, I had the opportunity to delve into the societal impacts and human rights implications […]

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    Why Technological Development is The Only Way Out of The Covid-19 Pandemic: considerations from Italy

Why Technological Development is The Only Way Out of The Covid-19 Pandemic: considerations from Italy

Claudia Scuriatti sheds light on the current public health crisis in the context of the Italian response, and explains why both the public and private sector should prioritise investments in digital innovation. 

It’s now widely recognized by the scientific community that COVID-19 spreads more readily and more efficiently than many of the viruses observed in modern history. This pathogen moves indiscriminately, irrespective of border restrictions or travel bans. So, in this catastrophic scenario in which nations worldwide are […]

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    Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: lessons from Covid-19 beyond the UNGPs

Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: lessons from Covid-19 beyond the UNGPs

Laura Treviño Lozano looks at recent corporate protective practices as a response to Covid-19 and suggests three key lessons worth considering by businesses in their future relations with workers, consumers, societies and communities. 

The global pandemic Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. Although it is not nearly over, it has already taught all of us: businesses, States and civil […]

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    Falling Through the Gap: migrant workers in the Indian Informal economy

Falling Through the Gap: migrant workers in the Indian Informal economy

PhD candidate in International Development, Harshita Sinha looks at the impact of the Covid-19 related lockdown on internal migrant workers in India.

COVID-19 is swiftly changing every aspect of our lives which we otherwise considered sacrosanct. Today, irrespective of where you are on the caste and class hierarchy in India, you are impacted by the lockdown which this reality posits. However, while […]

The Future of Development Aid: Lessons from Covid-19

Guest blogger Grace Avila Casanova, Co-Founder of Impacto International, provides her insight into the effects of Covid-19 and climate change on international cooperation dynamics. 

The simplistic notion of “development aid” has been debated extensively, with no shortage of ideas on the ways international cooperation (IC) dynamics should evolve. But the coronavirus pandemic appears to be fast-tracking this evolution. Countries that reached a […]

“History may not repeat itself. But it rhymes.”

Emma and Ross Smith conclude their three part series looking at the Covid-19 pandemic and worker displacement by drawing on lessons from history to help us look forward to the future. 
“History may not repeat itself. But it rhymes.” is oft-attributed to Mark Twain. While it’s unclear whether Twain is the original author, the phrase itself is spot on, as we have […]

The Pandemic Indoors: stay home, stay unsafe

Alumna and development researcher, Prachi Shukla, looks at the the surge in cases of domestic violence during lockdown around the world. 

Around 1 in 3 women globally are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, most often in the form of physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partner (via WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several […]

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    Coronavirus and Brazilian prisons: reflections on a critical juncture

Coronavirus and Brazilian prisons: reflections on a critical juncture

Brazilian journalist and a Development Management alumna, Débora Zampier, investigates Brazil’s management of their prison system during the coronavirus pandemic, and suggests the consequence is a matter of importance to public health and security. 

The new threat posed by the coronavirus to the prison environment can be measured by the  unprecedented international movement  to release thousands of people deprived of liberty. From the United […]