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Department of International Development
6-8th Floors, Connaught House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street


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The Department of International Development (ID) was established in 1990 as the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) to promote interdisciplinary post-graduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.

Applications for the MSc in African Development programme now open|

We are now accepting applications for the new MSc in African Development programme, due to start in the 2014/15 academic year. The programme aims to provide students with a high quality academic introduction to the study of politics, economic development and economic policy in Africa. Read more and apply >>|


Professor Mary Kaldor wins Ludwig Quidde Award|

Professor Mary Kaldor|, Professor of Global Governance at LSE, has been awarded the Ludwig Quidde Award by the German Foundation for Peace Research. Professor Kaldor is only the second academic to win the prize, which recognises an individual whose outstanding academic achievements continue the lifework of the Ludwig Quidde, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1927. Read more >>|


Ha-Joon Chang lecture on 'Economics But Not As You Know It'|

On Thursday 1 May, our department is hosting a public lecture by Dr Ha-Joon Chang, author of the bestselling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism. In this lecture, Dr Chang will explain how the global economy works, and why anyone can understand the dismal science. Learn more >|


ID students organise volunteer trip to Ghana|

A group of students from our department are planning a 10-day trip to Ghana to support the local Global Brigades branch in implementing vital micro-finance and business skills within the community. Watch the short video| to learn more about the project.


PhD exchange with China|

Up to 3 students, in each academic year, enrolled on MPhil/PhD studies at the Department of International Development, have the opportunity to spend between 3-6 months on research/fieldwork at Fudan University, Shanghai.


Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics|

In sub-Saharan Africa, property relationships around land and access to natural resources vary across localities, districts, and farming regions. These differences produce patterned variations in relationships between individuals, communities, and the state. In this book Professor Catherine Boone| captures these patterns in an analysis of structure and variation in rural land tenure regimes and analyses how property institutions shape dynamics of great interest to scholars of politics.


The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance|

"The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising from the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century. Joseph E. Stiglitz and

Mary Kaldor| begin with an expansive, balanced analysis of the global landscape and the factors contributing to the growth of insecurity."

International Inequality and the Global Crisis - Managing Markets for Sustainable Growth|

Teddy Brett| writes about the global economic crisis. This article will be featured as part of a series in our blog| .

meeting the challenges of crisis-states

New report by James Putzel
Meeting the Challenges of Crisis States|
'This is an impressive example of academic research leading to good policy advice. It challenges much of the current conventional wisdoms, but makes clear forward looking proposals. All who pontificate on failed states should read it, and re-examine their policies.' Clare Short, UK Secretary of State for International Development, 1997 - 2003.

Decentralization and Popular Democracy 
New Book by Dr Jean Paul Faguet

Decentralization and Popular Democracy, Governance from Below in Bolivia| 
Dr Faguet's new book examines the factors that determine the outcomes of national decentralization on the local level. A 60% discount flyer is available if you follow the link above. Dr Faguet has also published a second book in Spanish alongside this book. You can find out more by following the link above.

New and Old Wars

Third, fully revised and updated edition of Mary Kaldor's New & Old Wars| is out now.


An economics fit for the 21st century
Professor Robert Wade letter to Guardian, which published edited version of last paragraph, 7 Apr 2014. You suggest that economists’ propensity to treat the subject as a branch of applied mathematics limits its usefulness (“Economics: A discipline ripe for disruption”, … Continue reading

New International Development MSc in International Development
We are very please do announce that applications are open for a new MSc in African Development due to start next academic year – 2014/15.  The African Development programme aims to provide students with a high quality academic introduction to … Continue reading

Ghana President comes at LSE
The President of Ghana John D Mahama will deliver a lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Saturday 5 April 2014. Mr Mahama will deliver the keynote address at the LSE Africa Summit business conference which … Continue reading

Public concerns about transboundary haze: A comparison of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia
A new paper by International Development’s Dr Tim Forsyth Public concerns about environmental problems create narrative structures that influence policy by allocating roles of blame, responsibility, and appropriate behavior. This paper presents an analysis of public concerns about transboundary haze … Continue reading

The Politics of Loan Pricing in Multilateral Development Banks
Chris Humphrey, who received his PhD from the Department of International Development in 2013, has published an article in the most recent issue of Review of International Political Economy (2014, 21:3, 611-639) analyzing the political factors that shape the price … Continue reading

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