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    Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty

Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty

Ernestina Coast, Joe Strong and Samantha Lattof explain how weak evidence is prolonging the economic burden, shame, and gendered experience of menstruation in low- and middle-income countries by using India as an example.

“America has Superman, Batman, Spiderman… but India has Padman.”  So goes Pad Man, Bollywood’s internationally acclaimed (Netflix available) movie based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an activist who fought to make sanitary […]

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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 […]

What’s the Buzz Around Impact Investing?

Msc Development Management 2015-16 alumn, Riya Saxena shares her experience of working in the Impact Investment industry and introduces the world’s first MOOC driven by top impact investors on the key trends and opportunities that are shaping the sector.

I have always wanted to work at the intersection of the private and development sector. For me this translated into starting […]

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    Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India’s Learning Crisis

Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India’s Learning Crisis

Master’s student, Martin Haus, and project manager at the Bihar Education Policy Center, Rakesh Kumar Rajak, argue that reports on education ignore the fact that students in public and private schools are vastly different. 

The ASER report paints a grim picture of what is (not) happening in Bihar’s schools. Only around 24% percent of children in Class III can read […]

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    Why India needs to focus on abortion in the global fight for women’s rights

Why India needs to focus on abortion in the global fight for women’s rights

MSc Health and International Development student, Eman Rahman, shares with us India’s progress in women’s abortion rights, but argues, the country could do a great deal more to ensure better access of safe abortion services by those who need it. 

The subject of abortions has never been an easy one, and the past few years have been proof of that. From the Global Gag rule […]

India and its girls: The endangered survival

MSc Development Studies alumna, Divyakshi Jain, explains why the recent trend in India’s female to male ratio may be portraying a partial and superficial picture of female discrimination. 

The data from Census of India in 2011 garnered much attention and was considered a sigh of relief as the sex ratio in India had improved from 933 women per 1000 men in 2001 to 940 […]

Combating the learning crisis in South Asia

Amongst a range of development challenges that South Asian countries face is poor education, with only around half of primary aged children receiving education within the minimum learning standards framework. International Development students, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah, explain why learning must be placed at the centre of education and students in order to combat this crisis.  

Amongst a range of development challenges […]

Toxic air: the fatal cost of industrial growth

Dr Amit Chandra, MSc Development Studies alum, and Dr. Sutyajeet Soneja, air pollution and public health expert, outline the fatal costs of toxic air.

As the perennial blanket of smog that envelops New Delhi intensified in November 2017, India’s Minister of Environment Harsh Vardhan urged his people to remain calm, stating “no death certificate has the cause of death as pollution.” The physician and […]

How can a Pakistani and an Indian be friends?

International Development students Mehrin Shah and Anushna Jha talk about their friendship which transcends the India-Pakistan border. 

DISCLAIMER – This piece of writing is about the friendship of two graduate students at the LSE, one from Pakistan and the other from India. If you have time and the inclination to read it and especially if you are an Indian or a […]

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    The HDI’s the Limit: Imagining a More Inclusive Measure for Development in India

The HDI’s the Limit: Imagining a More Inclusive Measure for Development in India

According to the Human Development Index (HDI), India fell one place on the list of country rankings. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies Candidate, Emma Smith, explains why the HDI falls short in measuring development, and why India might be doing better than we think. 

India is a country that saw rapid 7.1% growth in GDP in 2016 alone. Yet as An Uncertain […]