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The Department of International Development (ID) was established in 1990 as the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) to promote interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.
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PhD graduate co-authors new study on medical care

Paula Giovagnoli (MSc Development Studies 2005, PhD 2013) has co-authored a new Policy Research Working Paper entitled ‘Long-Run Effects of Temporary Incentives on Medical Care Productivity’ for the World Bank Group.

This paper uses a randomized field experiment to examine the effects of temporary financial incentives paid to medical care clinics for the initiation of prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Read the paper in full here >>
Gustavo de Freitas Morais

No Boring Day: Intellectual Property Lecture with QMUL

On July 3, the Department co-hosted an event with the Centre of Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.

Gustavo de Freitas Morais, engineer and attorney, discussed the Brazilian intellectual property scene, which is constantly changing and a regular source of conflict, particularly with in the life sciences.

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Research Assistant Vacancy, Summer 2015

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit (CSHS) is seeking a research assistant to work on the new EU Horizon 2020 funded project Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. Applicants should hold, or be studying towards, a Master's degree in a related subject (politics, government, international relations, European studies, etc). The post will be for the equivalent of one day per week for 20 weeks up to February 2016. The deadline for applications is 31 July.

For more details, see the following document >>


Teddy Brett article launches new ANGLE e-journal

A new article by Teddy Brett, ‘Explaining the Capitalist Crisis’, featured in the launch of a new online journal hosted by Imperial College. Described as ‘brilliant’ by reviewers, the article derives from a debate that took place on the department blog back in 2013.

Follow the debate from here >>

Mario Ferro, CEO Wedu and former MSc student in International Development

Women's leadership campaigner hosts careers workshop

Mario Ferro (MSc Development Management 2009), CEO of Wedu, delivered a careers workshop to students last month about social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

Mario kindly agreed to answer a few questions on the major issues raised during the afternoon, including consultancy projects, the value of fieldwork, and vital tips for starting a social enterprise.

Read the full interview here >>

Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch, University of Chile

Visiting researcher pens "academic bestseller"

A recent paper co-authored by visiting professor, Kirsten Sehnbruch, is among the most downloaded papers of the Cambridge Political Economy Society for 2014.

'The Quality of Employment and Decent Work', written with Brendan Burchell, Agnieszka Piasna and Nurjk Agloni, won the Editor's Choice award and was made open access for a year.

The article explores the development of concepts related to the 'quality of employment', from studies of job satisfaction to more  comprehensive overviews of employment quality.

See the article here >>

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Studies In Comparative International Development

Intellectual Property, Access to Medicines, and Health

Shadlen, Ken, and Nitsan Chorev (eds),
Studies in Comparative International Development, 50 (2015).

This introduction reviews the literature on intellectual property rights and access to medicines, identifying two distinct generations of research. The first generation analyzes the origins of new intellectual property rules, in particular the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), and the significance of TRIPS to developing countries. The second generation examines national-level experiences, as countries adjust their laws, and practices to conform to TRIPS. The editors review the contributions to this special edition and contribute to the second generation by considering issues based on the insights provided by these essays.

Alex de Waal (ed.), Advocacy In Conflict

Advocacy in Conflict

de Waal, Alex (ed),
Zed Books (2015).

Conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America have become a common focus of advocacy by Western celebrities and NGOs. This provocative volume delves into the realities of these efforts, which have often involved compromising on integrity in pursuit of profile and influence.

Examining the methods used by Western advocates, expert authors, including Mareike Schomerus and Rachel Ibreck, evaluate the successes and failures of past advocacy campaigns and offer constructive criticism of current efforts.

Policy In Focus

The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies

Levy, Stephanie (ed),
Policy in Focus, IPC (2015).

In this special edition, leading authors and practitioners present accessible research on how cash transfers in developing countries can impact the local economy. The aim is to gather and review results and evidence obtained from various methodologies as applied on small-scale programmes to larger-scale policies in Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia. The economic impact of social transfers is analysed here through their effects on investment, productivity, prices, employment and trade.

World Politics Journal

Neopatrimonialism and the Political Economy of Economic Performance in Africa: Critical Reflections

Mkandawire, Thandika,
World Politics (2015).

During the past two decades, neopatrimonialism has become the convenient and ubiquitous moniker for African governance. While it has long been a focus of development studies, in recent times it has assumed politically and economically exigent status. This article argues that neopatrimonialism, while descriptive of the social practices of the states and individuals that occupy different positions within African societies, it has little analytical content and no predictive value with respect to economic policy and performance.

African Affairs, Oxford Journals

The Political Economy of Grand Corruption in Tanzania

Gray, Hazel,
African Affairs (2015).

This article examines the political economy of grand corruption in Tanazia in the era of rapid growth and global integration. The dynamics of the conflicts within the ruling CCM party, and how elite politics interacts with socio-economic transformation, are not well understood. This article describes how the enduring control of the elite, plus a fragmented distribution of power, negate any attempts to stop grand corruption in Tanzania.


Solving the leakage crisis in India’s subsidised food programme
The Public Distribution System in India (PDS) is designed to distribute subsidised food to India’s poorest people. But numerous ‘leakages’ in this system – notably the movement of goods to the black market – have prompted calls for states to begin computerising the process. In a new article for Ideas for India, Silvia Masiero, who has monitored the digitisation process […]

China’s New Normal and the AIIB: Danny Quah in the Media
Danny Quah predicts that even if China’s growth slows to 7% in 2015, the Chinese economy would still (for most of the world) provide a 50% increase in new export market opportunity compared to the 12% growth a decade ago. At current rates of labour productivity, 7% growth in 2015 could still generate millions of new jobs. The following extract […]

New Facebook crowd in Pakistan courts controversy – Emrys Schoemaker comments
Pakistan’s fast-growing Facebook crowd has become embroiled in a gay rights storm after some users adopted the rainbow profile picture without fully understanding the implications behind it. With millions of people around the world opting to customise their Facebook profile picture following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US, users in Pakistan have found themselves enticed by the colourful […]

The paradoxical “selfishness” of aid – Karl Muth on stifling development
“Why do certain countries develop?” asks Karl Muth, a recent PhD graduate and now Lecturer in Economics, Public Policy and Statistics at Northwestern University. In his TEDx talk, ‘International Development – Telling New Stories’, he delivers a complex answer derived from an anecdote that stems from fieldwork in Uganda. Typically, answers vary. One answer a couple of decades ago may […]

Have technology and globalization kicked away the ladder of ‘easy’ development? Dani Rodrik thinks so
The visit of Dani Rodrik to present at the Arthur Lewis memorial event at LSE (with Professor Sir Paul Collier), and again at ODI, has been warmly received. Duncan Green shares a few reflections on one of his heroes, and suggests why there is merit in Rodrik’s bleaker outlook for the future. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power.) Dani […]

Monday 6 July 2015

Silvia Masiero, a research fellow specialising in ICT4D, has written a column for the 'Ideas For India' webzine about the leakage crisis affecting India's subsidised food programme. See a summary on our blog >>

Thursday 2 July 2015

PhD student Emrys Schoemaker features in The Guardian's recent article on Pakistan's reaction to the rainbow profile pictures on Facebook. Find more from Emrys on our blog >>

Wednesday 1 July 2015

A video of Robert Wade discussing 'new bubbles and troubles in the financial system' at the University of Oslo is available here. He was joined by Ola Storeng, a journalist and economics editor at Afterposten, and members of the Centre for Development and Environment at the university.

Monday 20 June 2015

James Putzel and Robert Wade have published letters in the Financial Times concerning the possible Greek exit from the Euro. Read the exchange here >>

Monday 1 June 2015

Four videos for our MSc programmes have recently been released. All of these are available on YouTube, with transcriptions and feedback also available on our blog.

Wednesday 20 May 2015

PhD student, Benjamin Chemouni, has made several television appearances as a political analyst on the military coup in Burundi. You can see captures of Ben on Al Jazeera English and the BBC World News via our Facebook page.

Monday 11 May 2015

The podcast and Powerpoint presentation from Philipp Lepenies' lecture, 'The Power of a Single Number: A political history of GDP' [28/04], are now available. You can play or download these from the event page >>

Thursday 30 April 2015

Tim Dyson gave the keynote address on the first day of the forty-eighth session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York (13 April). Professor Dyson's speech is available to watch online, and begins 1h 30 minutes into the session.

Thursday 23 April 2015

Ruben Andersson's Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' on Wednesday 22 April after being awarded the British Sociological Association ethnography award. Listen to the show again here >>

Monday 30 March 2015

The audio and video recordings for our MOOC discussion event are now available. You can watch the full discussion (1 hr 37 mins), or listen to a high quality podcast.

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