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    How might a new Sri Lankan President respond to fears of a global recession in 2020?

How might a new Sri Lankan President respond to fears of a global recession in 2020?

What could another global recession mean for Sri Lanka, and how could the next President deal with it? Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja (Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies) explains the challenges and facing the winner of the 2019 President election

Global stock markets seem jittery once again. After substantial rallies during the first half of 2019, stock markets […]

November 15th, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Where are India’s working women? The fall and fall of India’s female labour participation rate

Where are India’s working women? The fall and fall of India’s female labour participation rate

Why are more than 80% of women in the world’s fastest-growing major economy out of the labour force? Mitali Nikore (Assistant Director, School of Economics and Commerce, Adamas University, Kolkata & LSE alumnus) explores this question by analyzing trends in employment related data over the last seven decades (1950 – 2018). She finds that India’s female labour force participation rate […]

October 22nd, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Can adverts persuade citizens to file their taxes in Pakistan?

Can adverts persuade citizens to file their taxes in Pakistan?

What role can targeted advertisements in the mass media play in encouraging people in Pakistan to file their taxes? Using survey data, Antonios M. Koumpias (University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA) and Jorge Martinez-Vazquez (International Center for Public Policy, Georgia State University, USA) explain what their research shows about different behavioural strategies designed to enhance tax compliance.

Can mass media information campaigns […]

October 21st, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|

Why have anti-corruption efforts failed in Bangladesh?

The World Bank advises developing countries to build stronger institutions to lower corruption. But Nurul Huda Sakib (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh) argues that while a focus on a stronger institutional framework can lower corruption in some cases, the lack of political will in Bangladesh is the real reason for the consistent failure of anti-corruption efforts across the country.

The World […]

October 3rd, 2019|Corruption, Featured|Comments Off on Why have anti-corruption efforts failed in Bangladesh?|
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    ‘Swidden Farming’ in eastern India: What can an ethnographic study reveal about citizens’ interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state?

‘Swidden Farming’ in eastern India: What can an ethnographic study reveal about citizens’ interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state?

Debojyoti Das (Sussex University), the author of a new ethnographic study on ‘Swidden Farming’ in Eastern Nagaland, explains what a focus on the everyday life of people in Nagaland can reveal about citizen’s interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state.

In August 2018 the prime minister of India Narendra Modi appealed for a new peace accord to end the […]

October 1st, 2019|Agriculture, Featured|Comments Off on ‘Swidden Farming’ in eastern India: What can an ethnographic study reveal about citizens’ interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state?|
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    Boosting India’s African diplomacy with zero budget natural farming

Boosting India’s African diplomacy with zero budget natural farming

When it comes to soft diplomacy tactics, India has traditionally leveraged education and healthcare in its diplomatic outreach with Africa. Sourajit Aiyer (Independent Researcher) argues that even transformative agriculture methods, like Zero Budget Natural Farming can boost India’s soft diplomacy with the African continent, by helping it become self-sufficient in food production through low-cost, sustainable farming whilst improving farm […]

September 30th, 2019|Agriculture, Featured|Comments Off on Boosting India’s African diplomacy with zero budget natural farming|
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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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    Why Bangladesh’s dependence on FDI means low wages and poor working conditions for garment workers will continue

Why Bangladesh’s dependence on FDI means low wages and poor working conditions for garment workers will continue

Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment sector continues to be a large employer in the country despite suppressing worker’s rights, fostering exploitation and promoting glaring inequities. Adil Khan (University of Queensland, Australia) and Grace Milne (KU Leuven, Belgium) argue how the sector’s muddled engagement with the three components of global governance have resulted in such an unfair status quo.

Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment sector […]

September 5th, 2019|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Why Bangladesh’s dependence on FDI means low wages and poor working conditions for garment workers will continue|
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    Education cash transfers: Improving the quality of education in India

Education cash transfers: Improving the quality of education in India

In India there are serious concerns about the quality of education students receive under the current system. Karan Bhasin (Independent Economist) argues why the government should move away from a production subsidy to a consumption subsidy approach to the provision of primary and secondary education with the introduction of education vouchers.

The last three decades have witnessed an unprecedented […]

June 24th, 2019|Economy, Featured|1 Comment|
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    South Asia’s logistical hub: Challenges and opportunities for Sri Lanka’s transshipment future

South Asia’s logistical hub: Challenges and opportunities for Sri Lanka’s transshipment future

A key objective of Sri Lanka’s post-2015 foreign policy framework is to position the country as a dynamic and prosperous centre of the Indian Ocean and make it a regional maritime and logistics hub. However regional competition and under-utilisation of ports mean that the country is falling short of its objective. Inoka Perera looks at the state of trade in […]

June 21st, 2019|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on South Asia’s logistical hub: Challenges and opportunities for Sri Lanka’s transshipment future|

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