Trade

  • Hoe farming, common in so many African countries, needs to become a thing of the past Credit: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture via Flickr (http://bit.ly/1VqOtoa) CC BY-NC 2.0
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    Africa at LSE: Renewing Africa through Globalisation and Intra-Continental Trade

Africa at LSE: Renewing Africa through Globalisation and Intra-Continental Trade

In a post originally published on the Africa at LSE blog PfAL scholar Duncan Njue explores how African countries can become bigger players in global trade.

Economists define globalisation as a process that involves the integration of economies – products and services; labour, capital and knowledge markets – across international boundaries. In the western world, more so in Europe, North America and in […]

  • Flag on the Wall, Israel. Photo Credit: Jack Zallum, via Flickr [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiban/7771323676/] License: CC BY-NC 2.0
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    Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

This personal reflection on the economic occupation of the West Bank was originally written by Robert Wade in December 2013. An abridged version later appeared as ‘Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale’ in the London Review of Books. Israel is one of the great success stories of economic development. If it can be classed as “non-western”, it joins a very […]

  • Delegates at the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa. Photo: ECA
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    Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

LSE Professor in Practice, Owen Barder, reflects on the recent Financing for Development Conference and what needs to come from it. This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center. The Financing for Development Conference, which drew to a close yesterday in Addis Ababa (16th July), was never going to solve all the world’s development problems. What it could […]

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    Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Originally posted on Views from the Center, and then Owen’s personal blog. Nancy Birdsall has given us her five wishes for the Financing for Development conference in July — and I agree with them all. I would say this even if she were not my boss. But all of her wishes are about how we can generate more and better financing […]

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    Jason Hickel – The Microfinance Delusion: who really wins?

Jason Hickel – The Microfinance Delusion: who really wins?

Far from being a panacea, small loans add to poverty and undermine people by saddling them with unsustainable debt, Jason Hickel (Dept. Anthropology) tells the Guardian. I’m always amazed at how many students show up each year in the classrooms of the London School of Economics, where I teach, quivering with excitement about microfinance and other “bottom-of-the-pyramid” development strategies. Like […]

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    Duncan Green / Owen Barder – Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves? The implications of complexity for development cooperation

Duncan Green / Owen Barder – Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves? The implications of complexity for development cooperation

LSE Professor in Practice Duncan Green asks Owen Barder, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and Visiting Professor in Practice, to expand on a lecture delivered to our Masters students in February about complexity and development. [Originally posted on fp2p.] Owen Barder gave a brilliant lecture on complexity and development to my LSE students earlier this year. (View […]

Ken Shadlen wins Open Article prize for 2014

Ken Shadlen, along with Mark Manger (formerly of LSE), has been awarded the Open Article prize for 2014 from the Economics and Politics Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Their prizewinning paper, ‘Political Trade Dependence and North–South Trade Agreements’, was published in the International Studies Quarterly journal in March last year (full citation below). The research was funded by the […]

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    Beyond Coffee Beans and Bamboo – A wake up call for transformative investment in Africa

Beyond Coffee Beans and Bamboo – A wake up call for transformative investment in Africa

Like many pensive blog posts this one began as a trip to the supermarket… While searching for a bag of coffee, I stumbled upon a brand which loudly proclaimed that is was giving 50% of its revenues back to the African farmers who grew it. Initially, I thought, “At last, a fair trade initiative which is actually ‘fair.’” I managed to […]

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    Current thinking about global trade policy – Robert Wade’s frustration at UNCTAD

Current thinking about global trade policy – Robert Wade’s frustration at UNCTAD

Following a recent United Nations conference, Robert Wade voices his frustration at the failure of international trade economists to see beyond their own bubble. A whole industry is now in gear to construct global goals as successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are due to “expire” in 2015. The successors are to be called the Sustainable Development Goals […]

Launch of the 2013 UNCTAD Trade and Development Report TOMORROW

The Department of International Development invites you to the launch of the 2013 UNCTAD Trade and Development Report tomorrow. Adjusting to the changing dynamics of the world economy Date: Thursday 12 September 2013 Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House Speaker: Richard Kozul-Wright Discussant: Professor Robert Wade Chair: Professor Oriana Bandiera