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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Achieving Prosperity for Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Achieving Prosperity for Africa

On Friday 3 March, Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, delivered a talk on achieving prosperity for Africa. Francesco Giacomini reflects on the lecture. 

It is the end of growth as we know it

Our story starts in Senegal. In 2014, President Macky Sall, declared that Africa is the land of opportunity for investments. He was right. […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Building people’s power: has the development sector helped or hindered?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Building people’s power: has the development sector helped or hindered?

On Friday 23 February, Danny Sriskandarajah (@civicusSG), the Secretary General of CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations, delivered a lecture that questioned whether the development sector has helped or hindered civil society. 

Masters students, Lauren Pak reflects on the lecture, whilst David Riveros García relates the discussion back to his own experience. 

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are a direct response to […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The role of business in development – how best to enable business to do more

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The role of business in development – how best to enable business to do more

On Friday 16 February, Jack Newnham, director at PwC and lead for their private sector development work, delivered a talk about the role business can play in international development. 

Development Management students, Charis Yeap Khai Leang and Joelle Yeo, both passionate about the potential of the private sector to do good, reflect on the lecture. 

As international development students, we all agree that the private sector […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Leveraging the private sector to achieve development

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Leveraging the private sector to achieve development

On Friday 9 February, Laura Kelly, Head of the Business Engagement Hub at Department for International Development, delivered a talk about leveraging the private sector to achieve development. The talk was part of the Cutting Edge in Development series, hosted by the Department of International Development.

Two graduate students, Sylvia Cesar and Francesco Giacomini, both with very different views of the theme reflect on the talk. 

A powerpoint […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Clare Short on fifteen years of development aid

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Clare Short on fifteen years of development aid

Graduate student, Ashley Feldman, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by guest lecturer, Clare Short, about her time as Secretary of State for International Development between 1997 and 2003. 

The date was May 1st 1997. Tony Blair’s New Labour government had just swept to power winning the general election with a huge majority of 179 seats.

Having secured victory, Clare Short was […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Using Markets for Development? The Potential of Advanced Market Commitments

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Using Markets for Development? The Potential of Advanced Market Commitments

Graduate student, Shahrukh Wani, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by guest lecturer Owen Barder, Vice President at the Center for Global Development, about understanding system incentives and markets for development. 

Markets are good for a lot of things. They have an irrefutable ability to cater to our demands, how seemingly ridiculous our demands might be. Think about silly putty. If […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Who drives climate relevant policies in the rising powers?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Who drives climate relevant policies in the rising powers?

On Friday 12 January, Professor Hubert Schmitz, development economist and Emeritus Fellow at the IDS, delivered a talk about the drivers of climate relevant policies in new powerful states. The talk was part of the Cutting Edge in Development series, hosted by the Department of International Development. Four students, all from different Master’s programmes, reflect on the talk and tell us […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The Future of Aid by Stefan Dercon – What beast are we dealing with?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: The Future of Aid by Stefan Dercon – What beast are we dealing with?

MSc human Rights student, Rita Anchutina, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by visiting lecturer Professor Stefan Dercon, current chief economist of the UK Department for International Development, about the future of aid. 

On Friday the 8th of December, LSE was honoured to host Professor Stefan Dercon with his lecture regarding aid. In his talk, Professor Dercon addressed the debates around the […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Monitoring and Evaluation in complex development and why it matters

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Monitoring and Evaluation in complex development and why it matters

MSc African Development student, Kayla de Fleuriot, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development talk by visiting lecturer Claire Hutchings, head of programme quality for Oxfam Great Britain, about the crucial role M&E plays in International Development.

Claire Hutching brought us into her realm of work, as the head of programme quality for Oxfam Great Britain, introducing us to the pioneering methods […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Land, Law and Development — Lessons from the Recent Global Land Rush

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Land, Law and Development — Lessons from the Recent Global Land Rush

MSc Environment and Development student, Katie Bernhard, reflects on a lecture by Dr. Lorenzo Cotula, principal researcher in law and sustainable development at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), about legal avenues to rectify harms caused by land grabs, and can also empower poor and vulnerable smallholders.
Rarely does the logic that gave rise to a problem also offer solutions to fix […]