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    Do more with less: managing public investment in federal Nepal

Do more with less: managing public investment in federal Nepal

Nepal’s success or failure hinges on how effectively the governments at all levels can deliver public services, which demands proper fiscal and investment management. Mukti Subedi and Bishal K Chalise write that the national framework for public financial management, particularly in the context of transition to federalism, is non-existent.

Two years ago, Nepal adopted a new constitution which was a culmination of a decade-long peace process […]

Review of Indian Union Budget 2018 (part 2)

In the second of his two part analysis, Professor Maitreesh Ghatak continues to explore the economic challenges and opportunities facing India following the recent release of the budget.

Narendra Modi was elected with a mandate of ushering in a new era of economic prosperity. His slogan of sabke saath sabka vikaas clearly captured the aspirations of a growing country in 2014, […]

February 14th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, LSE, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Review of Indian Union Budget 2018 (part 2)|
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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|

Safer cities and sustainable urbanism: a focus on gender

Only better urban planning will ultimately help to build a safe city. With figures indicating that reported crimes against women are at an all time high, there is also an urgent need to evaluate and understand how we may restructure a city to benefit women. Minakshi Das explores some potential solutions for urban planning. 

Women and urban design 

The Ministry of Home […]

December 21st, 2017|Cities and Urban Studies, Featured, Gender, Urban India|Comments Off on Safer cities and sustainable urbanism: a focus on gender|

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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    One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

On the first anniversary of demonetisation in India, Silvia Masiero argues that the “cashless” economy entails the risk of a new geography of exclusion, dividing those who own and operate digital means of transaction and those who are structurally unable to access them.

A year after the Indian government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which was around 86 percent of […]

November 8th, 2017|Corruption, Development, Economy, Featured, Politics, Society and Culture, Technology, Urban India|Comments Off on One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? |

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