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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |
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    In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa

In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa

India’s lines of credit to Africa are not very well aligned with India’s private sector in the region. In fact, the role of the private sector is limited to that of a contractor in the whole process of the delivery of development cooperation writes Dr Malancha Chakrabarty.
After a long period of stagnation, many African countries experienced strong growth from […]

June 13th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Development, Economy, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on In need of realignment: Indian investments should match development cooperation initiatives in Africa|
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    The limits of HDI: imagining a more inclusive measure for development in India

The limits of HDI: imagining a more inclusive measure for development in India

According to the Human Development Index (HDI), India fell one place on the list of country rankings. Emma Smith writes that the HDI falls short in measuring development, and why India might be doing better (or worse) than we think.

India saw rapid 7.1 per cent growth in GDP in 2016 alone. Yet as An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions notes, “The high achievement story…conflicts somewhat with […]

June 7th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health, Human Rights, Politics, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on The limits of HDI: imagining a more inclusive measure for development in India|
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    Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness

Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness

In India, 35 million high school students vie for 25,000 seats in 51 national institutions. Saloni Khandelwal writes about the “outcome focussed learning” ecosystem in India where students are prepared by private tutors to crack competitive examinations.
India is a country where 35 million of 141 million young people between the ages 18 and 23 are enrolled in higher education according […]

June 1st, 2018|Education, Featured, Gender, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness|
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    Announcing the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 in London

Announcing the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 in London

The South Asia Centre (LSE) and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies (UC Berkeley) will be co-hosting the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE on June 5, 2018. The Summit celebrates the resilience of a nation  confronted with an array of challenges.

In recent months, Bangladesh has frequently made headlines for its substantial […]

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    Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law

Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law

A major hurdle facing the residents of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is the century-old colonial law that still governs it—the 1901 Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).  Harrison Akins gives a brief overview of the FCR’s history and structure, followed by an analysis of the current opposition to the government’s plan for reforming FATA’s legal framework.
Emerging from the turmoil of […]

May 25th, 2018|Development, Featured, History, Human Rights, Law, Politics, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law|
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    Developing the rural economy in Pakistan through income generating grants

Developing the rural economy in Pakistan through income generating grants

There is great wealth to be gained by coordinating rural development focused initiatives that contribute to sustainable means of livelihood. Rural livelihoods can be improved through active participation of rural communities in the organisation of their own economic and social goals by harnessing the intrinsic potential of the rural poor, writes Asmat Kakar.

Sustainable rural development is at the centre […]

May 21st, 2018|Development, Featured, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Developing the rural economy in Pakistan through income generating grants|
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    Exploring the many barriers to a girl’s education in Sindh, Pakistan

Exploring the many barriers to a girl’s education in Sindh, Pakistan

 Pakistan ranks 138 (out of 144) in education, and has a female literacy rate of just 43 per cent. As investment in education increases, there is a need to understand the ground realities that deter children’s participation in the education system. Sultana Ali and Abdur Rehman Cheema explore some factors that are road blocks to improving female literacy. 
During our field investigations, we often […]

May 16th, 2018|Development, Economy, Education, Featured, Gender, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Exploring the many barriers to a girl’s education in Sindh, Pakistan|
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    Reflections on a masterclass: Poverty, Social Welfare and Data in Sri Lanka

Reflections on a masterclass: Poverty, Social Welfare and Data in Sri Lanka

As part of the first ever Colombo Development Dialogue held in April 2018, a masterclass with Dr Rajesh Venugopal was organised by South Asia Centre, LSE in collaboration with UNDP in Sri Lanka. Amayaa Wijesinghe, of the University of Colombo, reports her experience. 
It isn’t often that you are transported to the lecture halls of one of the world’s premier universities, hearing […]

April 26th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Development, Economy, Events, Featured, LSE, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Reflections on a masterclass: Poverty, Social Welfare and Data in Sri Lanka|
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    Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm

Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm

Pakistan has a high infant mortality rate, which is linked to low levels of immunisation. There is an urgent need for coordination among institutes for reducing demand and supply gaps in enhancing immunisation coverage nationally write Ghamz E Ali Siyal and Shahbaz Tufail. 

From the perspective of public health investment, immunisation programmes are considered the most successful and cost-effective for saving future generations. Globally, around 6 million children died in 2015 and out of […]

April 6th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm|

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