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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

On Friday 20 November Professor Jimi Adesina gave an online lecture, ‘Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa’ in honour of Professor Thandika Mkandawire and as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Jimi Adesina is professor and the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the College of Graduate Studies, University of […]

Deepak Nayyar on Asian Economic Transformation

On Wednesday 4 March, we invited Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, to come to LSE to talk about Asia’s economic transformation over the last fifty years (listen again). International Development students Wingyan and Noman tell us what they took away from the lecture. 

I was skeptical about a talk that attempts to review decades of Asian development in 90 […]

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    Embrace with Caution: Singapore’s digital growth path and its central bank

Embrace with Caution: Singapore’s digital growth path and its central bank

MSc Local Economic Development student, Wingyan Yip, reviews Singapore’s economic growth path away from trade to fintech and how the role played by its central bank differs from other investment-attracting state actors.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore reported a GDP growth of 0.7% during 2019, the lowest since 2009. The country’s export has […]

The Great Development Discussion

On Thursday 22nd March 2018, MSc Development and Anthropology students were encouraged to join, participate and laugh in the Great Development Discussion. Professor Jean-Paul Faguet chaired this showdown between International Development and Anthropology professors. Proudly representing Development was our econometrics guru Dr Diana Weinhold, alongside the infamous Teddy Brett. From Anthropology were Professors Katy Gardner and Laura Bear. Msc Development Management Student Lucy White tells us how the […]

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    Barriers to Education Reform in the Global South: Teachers Unions

Barriers to Education Reform in the Global South: Teachers Unions

Alev Kayagil, Thomas Hill, and David Riveros García, masters students taking Policy, Bureaucracy and Development (DV450), tell us about their group research project which looked at the processes of educational reform in Mexico. You can read their full report here. 

The low levels of education in the global south have primarily been attributed to poor policy-making of governments in developing countries. In Latin America, […]

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    Development as Happiness: A New Approach to International Development?

Development as Happiness: A New Approach to International Development?

In our first post for 2018, we question whether and how governments should incorporate happiness into their development agenda. 

Development should denote more than just delivering the most basic of public goods. The term embodies a sense of hope and aspiration for a better future that goes beyond meeting the basic survival needs. It would rather be disappointing to narrow […]

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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 […]

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    Summary of Workshop Series Week 7 – Reverend Dr James Walters (Faith Centre, LSE)

Summary of Workshop Series Week 7 – Reverend Dr James Walters (Faith Centre, LSE)

Student experience: The third Development Management Workshop focused on a topic often relegated to the margins of development studies – the role of religion.

Due to long-standing trends of secularisation in Europe and elsewhere in the Western world, religion has been taken less and less seriously by policy makers, diplomats, development practitioners and academics alike. Social scientists, for instance, often […]

Life after LSE: Diamond rings re-purposed for good

Writing your dissertation can leave you feeling more lost and confused about life than ever before, but as Amanda Schwartz, an MSc Development Studies alumni and co-founder of  The Ring Project explains, keep your eyes and mind open and it could lead to great things.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting across from my dissertation advisor, feeling wholly […]

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    Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive? The Limits of Adaptation limits

Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive? The Limits of Adaptation limits

Professor of International Development Jude Howell talks about her recent research into governance in China in this post written for the LSE International Development blog, based on her article on the same subject published in Journal of Social Policy in January.
In 2016 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will have been in power for almost 70 years. While the former Soviet […]