Since the Taliban Regime was ousted by the US-led coalition forces, international initiatives have been trying to rebuild Afghanistan as a democratic and liberal state for a long-lasting peace. However, despite all efforts, Afghanistan is still far from being stable. As a significant reason, Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) investigates to what extent the interveners could understand the situation […]
Despite global income and multidimensional poverty declining during the last two decades, disparities across different regions remain substantial. Nowhere is this clearer than between South Asia and the world’s other regions. In this article, N.R Ravindra Deyshappriya explains why despite global decreases, poverty in South Asia remains proportionately high.
According to the World Bank’s estimates on income poverty, 42% of […]
India’s unorganised labour industry makes up around ninety-three percent of the country’s total workforce. Much of this work is done behind closed doors and by women. On the streets of Delhi, Sumedha Pal discovers the conditions many women have to endure. Here she argues why India has a chance to transform these women’s lives with the country’s draft Social […]
At the second LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit Jade Benjamin-Chung (University of California, Berkeley) discussed her research on attempts to lower malnutrition in children in Bangladesh. Here she explains why malnutrition is so high across South Asia and in Bangladesh, and what she and her team learnt their study.
South Asia has one of the highest levels of child malnutrition in the world. Why is this?
It is thought that […]
Ahead of the second LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit Lamia Karim (University of Oregon) writes about the thousands of garment workers who make clothes for global brands who recently took strike action over low wages. Here she argues why its time the Western consumer listened.
More than 50,000 Bangladeshi garment workers went on strike last month to demand a livable wage after the government […]
In order for the Hambantota port project to reap potential benefits for Sri Lanka and the regional economy, there are three crucial aspects: bunkering operations, completion of the wider Hambantota development project beyond the port, and trans-shipment of goods argues Nilanthi Samaranayake.
Sri Lanka, at present, is rebounding from an unprecedented political crisis. The episode, in part, brought into focus […]
Towards transparency: How institutionalising social audits can increase efficiency of rural welfare programmes in India
Social audits are a powerful tool to monitor government-run schemes and organisations. By looking at Andhra Pradesh’s monitoring of rural employment welfare programmes, Ayesha Pattnaik argues how they can provide greater transparency and effectiveness for the implementation of key government policies.
India’s Right to Information (RTI) movement was launched in 2005, when civil society activists and citizens protested in rural areas of Rajasthan […]
Despite the advent of digital solutions designed to promote greater financial access, large numbers of women in Bangladesh remain without access to financial services. Anjali Sarker (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, LSE) explains why solving longstanding problems of financial exclusion in a country with one of the highest gender gaps in financial access will […]
As the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar continues to come under pressure, Nasir Uddin looks at what will be asked of Bangladesh if the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar becomes a long-term rather than temporary feature on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border
After Myanmar’s brutal military crackdown in 2017 triggered more than 700,000 Rohingya people to flee Rakhine […]
If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration
Pakistan’s level of infant mortality remains high despite decreasing over recent years. With Imran Khan vowing to review the county’s strategy on protecting mothers and their babies, Abid Rehman argues that the newly elected Prime Minister doesn’t have to look outside the region for ideas to lower it further.
Baby in hospital bed | Credit: Unsplash awpixel
In his maiden speech, Imran […]