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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response

On Friday 9 October, Professor Jayati Ghosh delivered an online lecture on “The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response”, the first for the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Read more about what our […]

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    Philosophical discipline for strengthening justice and solidarity through social innovation

Philosophical discipline for strengthening justice and solidarity through social innovation

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and rising injustices, LSE Alum, Vrinda Chopra proposes a lateral concept of social innovation through an approach based on ideas of unlearning, relearning and shared learning to deepen justice and solidarity in our development paradigms.

The moral dilemmas involved in the plight marginalized population groups as countries went into lockdown in response to COVID-19 ignited […]

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    “Stop the Etalin Hydropower Dam in Arunachal Pradesh and centre the demands of the community”

“Stop the Etalin Hydropower Dam in Arunachal Pradesh and centre the demands of the community”

The Etalin Hydropower Dam is a massive infrastructural project proposed in the North-East Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh, that has been reopened for consideration by the government. The Idu Mishmi community has been protesting the massive dispossession the project will bring, facing violence from the government and a lack of solidarity from some conservation institutions. MSc Environment and Development candidate, […]

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    Zooming In With: Dr Sohini Kar | Economic Anthropology, microfinance in India and Covid-19

Zooming In With: Dr Sohini Kar | Economic Anthropology, microfinance in India and Covid-19

Professor in Practice, Duncan Green Zooms In with department scholars to find out what they’re up to in lockdown and how their research relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. The third Zooming In episode is with Economic Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in International Development, Dr Sohini Kar, who tells us how Economic Anthropology helped her understand how microfinance institutions capitalise on the poor in […]

Covid-19: The end of megacities as we know them?

Kapil Kanungo and Kruti Munot provide an insight on what impact Covid-19 might have on the economies of megacities by using Mumbai as an example. 

From Rome to Pataliputra, cities have been engines for economic growth since the beginning of civilisation. However, over the last couple of centuries, we’ve seen the emergence of a new beast – the megacity. Megacities have […]

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    The potential of India’s Village Health Committees in containing the spread of diseases

The potential of India’s Village Health Committees in containing the spread of diseases

Drawing on her research in rural Karnataka, south India, Shirin Madon discusses the importance of Village Health Committees in taking village-level measures and interventions to contain the diffusion of diseases.

In recent years, many developing countries such as India, Tanzania and Bangladesh have introduced village health committees as part of efforts to improve the functioning and effectiveness of health systems. […]

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    Voices of Informality: the story of a migrant construction worker from Bengal

Voices of Informality: the story of a migrant construction worker from Bengal

This three part weekly series by Harshita Sinha brings forth the narratives and voices from the invisible workers in the Indian Informal Economy during the Covid-19 lock down. In the third and final part of the series we look at the story of Rahil* a migrant construction worker from Bengal. 

“Ghar Jane do bus” (Just let us go home)

Rahil, 22, a migrant […]

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    Voices of Informality: the story of a mason and domestic helper

Voices of Informality: the story of a mason and domestic helper

This three part weekly series by Harshita Sinha brings forth the narratives and voices from the invisible workers in the Indian Informal Economy during the Covid-19 lock down. In the second of this series we look at the story of Raju*, a mason, and his wife Jai Devi*, a domestic helper. 

The Indian informal economy accounts for roughly 90% of India’s total workforce, with […]

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    Voices of Informality: the story of a seamstress and rickshaw puller

Voices of Informality: the story of a seamstress and rickshaw puller

This three part weekly series by Harshita Sinha brings forth the narratives and voices from the invisible workers in the Indian Informal Economy during the Covid-19 lock down. In the first of this series we look at the story of Asha*, a seamstress, and her husband a rickshaw puller. 

The Indian informal economy accounts for roughly 90% of India’s total workforce, […]

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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 […]