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Department of International Development
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London School of Economics and Political Science
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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.
Alcinda Honwana, Visiting Professor of International Development, Open University

Two Africa Talks among autumn events programme

We are delighted to announce that the Department is to host two public Africa Talks as part of its autumn events programme.

Professor Attahiru Jega, former Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, will present ‘Giving Democracy a Chance’ on 10 November. Read more >>

The following week, Professor Alcinda Honwana (pictured, left) will speak about youth protests driving political change in Africa. Read more >>

Remember to check our Events page for more details on these and other events as they emerge.

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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 >>
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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 >>


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American Ethnologist

Violence, Legitimacy, and Prophecy: Nuer struggles with uncertainty in South Sudan

Pendle, Naomi, and Sharon Hutchinson,
American Ethnologist (2015).

Contemporary South Sudanese Nuer prophets play powerful roles in interpreting the moral limits of lethal violence and weighing the legitimacy claims of rival government leaders. Their activities remain largely invisible to external observers investigating the making and unmaking of fragile states. Focusing on South Sudan's tumultuous 2005-14 period, we reveal these hidden dynamics through analysis of the two most-powerful living western Nuer prophets.

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, such as 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 contribute to the second generation by considering the insights provided by these submissions.

Public Administration And Development

Dilemmas in Donor Design: Organisational Reform and the Future of Foreign Aid Agencies

Gulrajani, Nilima
Public Administration and Development, 35.2 (2015).

With growing uncertainty over the value and impact of traditional bilateral foreign aid to advance development in poor countries, there is disquiet about the future of national public agencies and ministries with responsibility for managing and delivering international assistance. This article is an attempt to present current controversies about donor governance and offer guidance for resolving current dilemmas by exploring the potential contributions of public administration.               

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.


Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme
The Department is delighted to announce that it will host three public lectures by African nationals as part of its autumn events programme. More details are available below. Is Africa Rising? On October 12, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda. She will discuss the true nature of […]

Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015
LSE Professor in Practice, Owen Barder, reflects on the recent Financing for Development Conference and what needs to come from it. This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center. The Financing for Development Conference, which drew to a close yesterday in Addis Ababa (16th July), was never going to solve all the world’s development problems. What it could […]

Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Naomi Pendle on South Sudan
Final-year PhD candidate Naomi Pendle has had an article published in the American Ethnologist journal. Co-written with Sharon Hutchinson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the article identifies new opportunities for prophetic peace frameworks in South Sudan. Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Nuer struggles with uncertainty in South Sudan Contemporary South Sudanese Nuer prophets play powerful roles in interpreting the moral limits […]

Why is there no ‘Fundraisers Without Borders’? Big missing piece in development.
There are an extraordinary number of ‘without borders’ organizations (see here, or an even longer list here) – every possible activity is catered for, from chemists to clowns (and that’s just the c’s). But one seems to be missing, and it may well be the most useful – why is there no ‘fundraisers without borders’? (Originally posted by Duncan Green […]

LSE’s Mkandawire to speak on agricultural development in Malawi
Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Chair in African Development at LSE, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) conference at the end of July. CISANET is a policy organisation concerned with agriculture and food security policy issues. Its 2015 National Conference will take place next week (29-30th July) at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, […]

Wednesday 22 July

Professor Danny Quah features in a Bloomberg Business article about 1MDB, a recent financial scandal in Malaysia. Danny believes that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has lost momentum in his quest to turn Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020.

Monday 20 July 2015

Mary Kaldor has recently appeared on openDemocracy and the Strife blog from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. openDemocracy published Prof. Kaldor’s speech from the IBEI graduation ceremony in June, while Strife published an interview with Mary about her perspective on the world and her career in research.

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.

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