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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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    Student politics and urban political machines in ‘middle’ Bangladesh

Student politics and urban political machines in ‘middle’ Bangladesh

A common Bengali saying goes ‘to rule the country one needs to control the students.’ Julian Kuttig (Ghent University, Belgium) explains what his research shows about how student politics in Bangladesh shapes (and is shaped by) the political dynamics in “middle Bangladesh.”

Student politics have a long history in Bangladesh and are traditionally a breeding ground for future politicians. Students […]

November 14th, 2019|Featured, Politics|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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    Long Read: Why Disaster Rehab Must Focus On Landless Dalit Farmers

Long Read: Why Disaster Rehab Must Focus On Landless Dalit Farmers

Landless Dalit farm-workers are hit the hardest by natural disasters like cyclones but they are neglected by government rehabilitation schemes because they have no legal ownership of property or resources. Their homes and livelihoods destroyed by Cyclones Gaja and Fani, many marginalised farmers in Tamil Nadu and Odisha have no means to rebuild their lives, unlike landowning farmers who […]

November 8th, 2019|Environment, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Long Read: Landless Dalits Hit Hardest By Disasters Are Last To Get Relief

Long Read: Landless Dalits Hit Hardest By Disasters Are Last To Get Relief

When Cyclone Fani hit Odisha’s coast in May 2019, it destroyed the lives and properties of 16 million people. But the worst-affected were its Dalit landless farm workers who are forced to live on the margins of villages where relief reaches last. This was also the case in the coastal villages of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu where after Cyclone […]

November 1st, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|

India must look within to achieve gender equality

Only targeted domestically derived solutions are likely to be effective to combat societal norms and ingrained cultural attitudes that limit the empowerment of women in India argues Dhruv Kanabar (Cambridge University).

“In your opinion, are men and women equal in Mumbai?” There was a long awkward pause. All I could hear was the clatter of the classroom fan at the Elphinstone […]

November 1st, 2019|Education, 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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    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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