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No man’s land: The Wagah-Attari border

Pippa Virdee has been regularly crossing the land border between Lahore and Amritsar in the course of her research on partition and the history of Punjab for more than fifteen years. As Pakistan and India celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence, she reflects on how the border has evolved over the years.

Located at a short distance of 24 kilometres […]

August 14th, 2017|Featured, Health, Photo Essays, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture|Comments Off on No man’s land: The Wagah-Attari border|
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    Why doesn’t anybody know if Swachh Bharat Mission is succeeding?

Why doesn’t anybody know if Swachh Bharat Mission is succeeding?

In 2014, the Prime Minister announced a goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. In this article, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears contend that although we are now almost two-thirds of the way through the Swachh Bharat Mission, nobody knows whether it is succeeding because there is no credible, independent survey that can offer a useful estimate of the fraction […]

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    The potential (and limitations) of digital media for sexual health interventions in India

The potential (and limitations) of digital media for sexual health interventions in India

In a new study, researchers in the UK and India have been investigating how digital platforms can be used to complement traditional community mobilisation and sexual health prevention approaches in West Bengal. In this article, Rohit K Dasgupta and Pawan Dhall discuss the key findings, and the extent to which digital media could be effective in reaching out to […]

July 31st, 2017|Featured, Health, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on The potential (and limitations) of digital media for sexual health interventions in India|
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    Analysing the reality of climate-induced migration in Pakistan’s semi-arid regions

Analysing the reality of climate-induced migration in Pakistan’s semi-arid regions

All the countries in South Asia are already confronting the realities of climate change. In this article Ghamz E Ali Siyal draws on field studies conducted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute to demonstrate how climate change is driving migration in the semi-arid regions of Pakistan.

According to numerous reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC), climate change […]

July 6th, 2017|Economy, Environment, Featured, Health, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Analysing the reality of climate-induced migration in Pakistan’s semi-arid regions|
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    What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan

What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan

Pakistan currently faces staggering challenges across a range of urban issues. In this post, Ijaz Nabi and Hina Shaikh identify the critical issues, outline initiatives the government has introduced and discuss where further work is required.
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Pakistan faces a growing housing shortfall of approximately 4.4 million units. When provided, the quality is often substandard and low income groups receive little benefit. To redress […]

June 12th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Health, Technology|Comments Off on What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan|

Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?

Indian mothers are all too frequently underweight during their pregnancies and unable to produce sufficient breastmilk when their babies are born, perpetuating malnutrition among their children. Swati Narayan writes that although there are provisions in place to address some of these issues, these have not been effectively implemented. What is more, the most recent budget threatens to restrict the […]

March 13th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, LSE|Comments Off on Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?|
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    Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line

Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line

Since 2008 India’s public health insurance policy has covered the poorest quarter of the population, and the government wants to expand the policy to include households above the poverty line. Disentangling the health and financial effects of the policy is vital to establishing a cost-effective expansion of eligibility for this insurance, write Gabriella Conti, Cynthia Kinnan, Ramanan Laxminarayan, Anup Malani and Alessandra Voena.

Considering the […]

February 17th, 2017|Economy, Featured, Health|Comments Off on Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line|

The six biggest challenges facing Pakistan’s urban future

Pakistan is among the most urbanised countries of South Asia. As challenges mount, urban planning is gradually finding space in the policy discourse. In the first of three blog posts on Pakistan’s rapid urbanisation, Hina Shaikh and Ijaz Nabi discuss the pace of urbanisation and the major problems associated with it. This will be followed by posts on how the government […]

February 15th, 2017|Education, Environment, Featured, Health|Comments Off on The six biggest challenges facing Pakistan’s urban future|

What works? Breaking silence on menstrual stigma and taboos

The evidence suggests that changing age-old traditions and social attitudes requires more than legal reforms and guidelines. Sangita Thebe Limbu looks at the issue of stigma around menstruation with particular reference to Nepal and highlights the wide ranging impacts which make it both a pressing human rights and development issue. She writes that a two-pronged approach which aims to […]

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    Honey, I grew the kids: Evidence from ethnic Indians in England

Honey, I grew the kids: Evidence from ethnic Indians in England

Despite impressive rates of economic growth in recent decades, India remains one of the worst performing countries worldwide in terms of height, among children and adults. Caterina Alacevich and Alessandro Tarozzi shows that height gaps exist, although decline substantially, among adult immigrants of Indian ethnicity in England, while virtually disappearing among their young children.

Historical data typically shows that over […]

January 23rd, 2017|Development, Featured, Health|Comments Off on Honey, I grew the kids: Evidence from ethnic Indians in England|

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