Rural Areas

Review of Indian Union Budget 2018 (part 1)

In the first of this two part series, Professor Maitreesh Ghatak explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the recent release of the Indian budget which he argues, falls short on the most urgent economic problem of generating employment.  

If politics is the art of the possible, then a budget is the art of the feasible. It is where soaring rhetoric of […]

February 13th, 2018|Economy, Featured, Rural Areas|Comments Off on Review of Indian Union Budget 2018 (part 1)|
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    Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities 

Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities 

In Pakistan, some 15,000 youngsters turn 18 each day and will be eligible to vote in this year’s election. What lies ahead for  South Asia’s second youngest country and its booming youth population? Hina Shaikh gives a detailed overview, the challenges and opportunities. 

A much-delayed decline in fertility levels has resulted in Pakistan becoming the second youngest country in South Asia, with nearly two-thirds of its 207.8 […]

February 9th, 2018|Agriculture, Cities and Urban Studies, Development, Economy, Education, Featured, Politics, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities |

Indian labourers, the invisible class of Bhutan  

Indian labourers, along with the aid from India, are integral to Bhutanese economy. In this photo essay, Jaquelyn Poussot explores the problems they face — from local to geo-political level. 

Indian labourers are everywhere in Bhutan. On roadsides, in tents, cutting boulders down to gravel sized pebbles, or moving large objects using make-shift devices.  But what is their impact on Bhutanese society?  Why are there so many of them and how are their facilities are permitted to be quite so tragic?

On visiting the housing of the construction workers I […]

Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively

In the light of the newly announced National Nutrition Strategy, released by NITI Aayog in September 2017, it is important to note that tackling child malnutrition requires enlightened leadership at the Central and state levels, with a dedicated resolve to reduce the incidence of child malnutrition and greater commitment to develop systems for regular collection, monitoring and use of data on child […]

January 12th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively|
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    To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

Despite improved education, highways, and myriad other rural development projects, Afghanistan continues to face grave security issues. Rustam Ali Seerat argues that a government drive towards urbanisation may be the solution instead of trying to control sparsely populated territories. 

On October 7, 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of airstrikes targeting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. […]

January 10th, 2018|Development, Featured, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation|

How does local government cope with disaster in Bangladesh?

Successful coordination is an essential ingredient for Disaster Management. In the first of a two article series on human interactions with environment in rural Bangladesh, Mohammad Tarikul Islam examines the coordination in the comprehensive disaster management approach in rural Bangladesh under the auspices of local government (Union Parishad) and potential impediments to this approach.

Bangladesh is undeniably the world’s most disaster-prone country. […]

January 8th, 2018|Development, Environment, Featured, Rural Areas|Comments Off on How does local government cope with disaster in Bangladesh?|

Pakistan’s missing women

Pakistan’s census findings need to be better understood to enable adequate policy responses to the “missing women” problem. The inverse sex ratio is both endemic and cyclical, mostly perpetuated by patriarchal mindsets manifesting in widespread gender-based inequalities and violence writes Hina Shaikh.

The headline of Pakistan’s 2017 population census is that population growth has happened at a much faster rate than expected. […]

December 15th, 2017|Development, Featured, Gender, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Pakistan’s missing women|
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    Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts

Activist in Residence at  the LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security,  and Co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Mossarat Qadeem, draws on her experience tackling violent extremism in Pakistan to make a case for inclusive peace education in schools.

Young people do not become extremists overnight. It takes them time to agree to learn how to make explosives, fill suicide jackets […]

December 1st, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Peace education in schools has the potential for transforming minds and hearts|
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    Lingayat agitation is stirring up a hornet’s nest of religious fundamentalism

Lingayat agitation is stirring up a hornet’s nest of religious fundamentalism

The Lingayats have demanded that they be recognised as an independent religion and a minority.  Manu V. Devadevan traces the the history of the Lingayats and concludes that engaging in such parochial politics, involving the mobilisation and radicalisation of a sixth of the Karnataka’s population, is dangerous.

On 19 July 2017, a section of the Lingayats organised a massive rally in Bidar in […]

November 30th, 2017|Featured, Politics, Rural Areas, Urban India|Comments Off on Lingayat agitation is stirring up a hornet’s nest of religious fundamentalism|
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    Travel grants can help people migrate during seasonal hardship

Travel grants can help people migrate during seasonal hardship

With a small travel grant, many landless rural workers in Pakistan can temporarily migrate and benefit from work opportunities in cities writes Agha Ali Akram. Based on his research, he points to this new and cost-effective policy option to improve rural welfare and address the terrible suffering caused by seasonal deprivation. 

According to conservative estimates half of the world’s 600 million food insecure […]

November 29th, 2017|Agriculture, Development, Economy, Featured, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Travel grants can help people migrate during seasonal hardship|

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