Development

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 […]

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    LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Interview – Jade Benjamin-Chung

LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Interview – Jade Benjamin-Chung

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 […]

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    Sri Lanka’s global factory workers: Sewing their way up the social ladder

Sri Lanka’s global factory workers: Sewing their way up the social ladder

Based on over twelve years of interviews, Sandya Hewamanne (University of Essex) explains how the lives of four Sri Lankan global factory workers can shed an alternative light on jobs thought of by some as just precarious, low-paid and exhausting. While unable to exercise full autonomy in such situations, these women were by no means left passive. Through a delicate […]

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    LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Bangladesh Garment Workers Strike

LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Bangladesh Garment Workers Strike

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 […]

February 21st, 2019|Development, Featured|Comments Off on LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Bangladesh Garment Workers Strike|
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    How a Sri Lankan port can help integrate the Indian Ocean economy

How a Sri Lankan port can help integrate the Indian Ocean economy

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 […]

January 25th, 2019|Development, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Towards transparency: How institutionalising social audits can increase efficiency of rural welfare programmes in India

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 […]

January 16th, 2019|Development, Rural Areas|Comments Off on Towards transparency: How institutionalising social audits can increase efficiency of rural welfare programmes in India|
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    Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

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 […]

January 4th, 2019|Development, Featured, Gender|Comments Off on Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind|
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    Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

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 […]

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    If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

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 […]

October 30th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health|Comments Off on If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration|
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    Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna

Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna

 In Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, Anirudh Krishna offers a ‘worms eye’ view of development, arguing for policy that is attuned to local locations. Whilst gender and state-based differences could be explored further in relation to the problems of development in India, Krishna provides insight into the challenges of contemporary Indian development, Sohini Kar finds. 

Broken Ladder: The Paradox […]

September 10th, 2018|Book Reviews, Development, Featured, Rural Areas, Urban India|Comments Off on Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna|

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