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    Afghan refugees in Karachi: Food insecurity of protracted refugee households

Afghan refugees in Karachi: Food insecurity of protracted refugee households

With approximately 1.6 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan Hassan Vatanparast (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) and a team of researchers conducted 25 in-depth interviews with Afghan refugee family members to understand how the families compare their quality of life and food security in the home (Afghanistan) and host (Pakistan) countries. Here Hassan explains what they learned.

In their journey towards […]

November 18th, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Health security in rural Bangladesh needs a bottom-up approach

Health security in rural Bangladesh needs a bottom-up approach

Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh) explains how over the past decade, Bangladesh has renewed efforts to address major incidents that threaten human health, such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and terrorism.

Health security is an important index of human development. The Constitution of Bangladesh ensures that “Health is the basic right of every citizen of the Republic,” since health is […]

November 13th, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Rural women, financial inclusion and community investment funds in Pakistan: A successful pathway to sustainable development?

Rural women, financial inclusion and community investment funds in Pakistan: A successful pathway to sustainable development?

Patriarchy and sociocultural constraints, chronic poverty, limited access to financial institutions and lack of financial control means women in Pakistan face a litany of injustices. However, women in Pakistan can be empowered via financial inclusion. Asmat Kakar (Social Development Professional & LSE alumnus) explains how projects such as those in Sindh province with the National Rural Support Programme of […]

October 31st, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Poverty of Vision: Neglecting growing class inequality in post-war Sri Lanka?

Poverty of Vision: Neglecting growing class inequality in post-war Sri Lanka?

Has Sri Lanka’s vision for development following years of civil war adequately addressed the country’s burgeoning levels of inequality?  Using qualitative research, Kanchana N Ruwanpura, Peter Rowe, Loritta Chan, Benjamin Brown (all of University of Edinburgh, Scotland) and V Kajotha (Jaffna, Sri Lanka), highlight the poverty of vision around infrastructure-led post-war development in the country and its tragic and […]

October 30th, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
  • Permalink A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a young boy at a mobile health clinic in the village of Goza, near Dadu, in Pakistan's Sindh province. Funding from the UK government is enabling the International Medical Corps to operate mobile health clinics in Sindh, as part of the UK's response to the Pakistan floods. These clinics will provide access to basic healthcare services for thousands of people across Sindh as they return home to communities which were devastated by the floods in August 2010. The floods destroyed clinics and hospitals as well as homes and schools, so mobile teams of doctors, nurses and pharmacists are a vital way of reaching people in need of healthcare. The teams also operate as a disease 'early-warning' system; being getting out into the communities, they can spot the early signs of cholera and other water-borne diseases associated with large amounts of standing water and limited sanitation.Gallery

    Understanding Pakistan’s efforts to align quality healthcare with Sustainable Development Goals

Understanding Pakistan’s efforts to align quality healthcare with Sustainable Development Goals

Policy columnist for The Diplomat Magazine and guest blogger, Hannan Hussain, explores the potential of Universal Healthcare in Pakistan with a government-run health protection initiative being piloted in the country’s northern most province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Development of a quality healthcare system has served as a popular reference point in Pakistani politics and activism. Yet, successive leaderships have struggled to achieve any significant impact […]

October 28th, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Rural Bangladeshi women: Empowerment, farming and life satisfaction 

Rural Bangladeshi women: Empowerment, farming and life satisfaction 

Patriarchal divisions of labour in the household, poverty and a lack of empowerment over their lives has meant women in rural Bangladesh face a litany of social and economic challenges. But if women were empowered further how would their life satisfaction improve, and, should such empowerment occur, would there be a difference in life satisfaction for both men and […]

October 11th, 2019|Development, Featured, Gender, Rural Areas|Comments Off on Rural Bangladeshi women: Empowerment, farming and life satisfaction |
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    Sri Lanka: Remittances and the failed promise of ‘Migration-Development’

Sri Lanka: Remittances and the failed promise of ‘Migration-Development’

What are the impacts of migrant workers’ remittances for Sri Lanka’s economy? Matt Withers (Macquarie University, Australia) argues that temporary labour migration between Sri Lanka and West Asia has resulted in uneven and unsustainable economic returns that warrant greater scrutiny of the presumed relationship between migration and development.

In Sri Lanka, as throughout most of South Asia, low-waged temporary […]

September 6th, 2019|Development, Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Sri Lanka: Remittances and the failed promise of ‘Migration-Development’|
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    Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

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 […]

April 16th, 2019|Development, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan|

Poverty in South Asia: The long view

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 […]

April 9th, 2019|Development, Featured|Comments Off on Poverty in South Asia: The long view|

The invisible lives of Delhi’s home-based garment workers

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 […]

March 12th, 2019|Development, Featured, Gender, Urban India|Comments Off on The invisible lives of Delhi’s home-based garment workers|

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