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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.

Welcome to new International Development students

A warm welcome to all new students of the department. The department administrators will be available to take your questions on Wednesday 30 September from 12pm-2pm in Clement House 4.02.

The elections for positions in the DESTIN Society will also take place during this session.

In the meantime, why not read Professor Jean-Paul Faguet's welcome letter to new students: 'Do I Care What You Think?'

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The EU and the Challenges ahead - Public Lecture

The Security in Transition team is hosting a public lecture by Dr Javier Solana on 'The EU and the Challenges Ahead'. Professor Anthony Giddens, former Director of the LSE, will act as a respondent. The lecture will take place on Wednesday 7 October at 2pm in the Hong Kong Theatre.

More details are available here.

Is Decentralization Good for Development? ed. Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Poschl (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Is Decentralization Good for Development?

A collection of essays co-edited by Professor Jean-Paul Faguet and recent PhD graduate Caroline Poschl has been published by Oxford University Press. Is Decentralization Good For Development combines academics of decentralization and policymakers who have implemented reform at the highest levels of administration.

More details about the book are available here.

A launch event for the book will take place on Wednesday 2 December (with details to follow on our events page).

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International (Photo credit: Oxfam)

African nationals headline autumn events programme

The Department is delighted to host three public lectures by highly acclaimed African speakers as part of its autumn events programme.

In October, Winnie Byanyima (pictured), Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on her experiences growing up in Uganda and how we must tackle crises of inequality in Africa. Read more >>

In November, Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, will present ‘Giving Democracy a Chance’ as part of the Africa Talks initiative. Read more >>

Finally, in another Africa Talk, successful academic and author Professor Alcinda Honwana will visit us to 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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Michaelmas Term research seminar schedule available

The schedule for the Wednesday Research Seminars is now available for the Michaelmas term. The series is open to staff and research students in the Department of International Development.

See the schedule here.


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Is Decentralization Good for Development? ed. Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Poschl (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Is Decentralization Good for Development?

Faguet, Jean-Paul, and Caroline Poschl (eds),
Oxford University Press (2015).

Is decentralisation good for development? This book explains when the answer is "Yes", and when it is "No". It shows how decentralisation can be designed to drive development forward, and focuses attention on the institutional incentives that can strengthen democracy, boost economies, and improve public sector performance. It also analyses the political motives behind decentralisation, and how these shape the institutions that result. For more information, click here.

Journal of International Development

Leaving No One Behind?: Informal economies, economic inclusion and Islamic extremism in Nigeria

Meagher, Kate,
Journal of International Development, 27.6, (2015), 835-855.

This article examines how the Post-2015 commitment to economic inclusion affects informal economic actors in developing countries. It highlights the selective dynamics of inclusive market models that generate new processes of exclusion in which the most vulnerable continue to be left behind. The case of Nigeria reveals how inclusive market initiatives reinforce parallel processes of informalization, poverty and Islamic extremism in the north of the country.


Land Regimes and the Creation of Ethnicity: Evidence from Tanzania

Boone, Catherine, and Lydia Nyeme,
Comparative Politics, 8.1 (2015), 67-84.

Existing work on land politics in Africa suggests that governments, by creating and upholding neocustomary land tenure regimes, create powerful incentives for individuals to embrace state-recognized ethnic identities. This article strengthens the argument about the institutional determinants of ethnicity’s high political salience through the use of contrasting evidence from Tanzania.

Stability Journal

The Evolution and Reform or Palestinain Security Forces, 1993-2013

Tartir, Alaa,
Stability: International Journal of Security & Development (2015)

This article provides a contextual analysis of the evolution and reform processes of Palestinian security forces over the last two decades. It concludes that the enhanced functionality of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces and the reformed style of governance resulted in the criminalisation of resistance against the Israeli occupation. In this way, the state-building project during the Fayyadism era directly and indirectly sustained the occupation.

Women's Studies International Forum

After Rape: Comparing civilian and combatant perpetrated crime in Northern Uganda

Porter, Holly E.,
Women's Studies International Forum, 51(2015), 81-90

Open access.

This article explores responses to rape in northern Uganda. A comparison between rapes perpetrated by combatants and civilians, both of which followed abductions that were intended to result in "marriage", illustrates how experiences of rape do not fit neatly into “war” and “ordinary” categories, and rather suggests that a more useful way of conceptualizing women's experiences comes from understanding how particular circumstances of rape shape the social harm she suffers.


Immigration offers scope for boosting democracy – Elliott Green
Elliott Green’s recent letter to the Financial Times highlights two overlooked benefits from the positive experiences of immigration. October 02 Sir, Martin Wolf largely focuses on the benefits of immigration to host countries and merely notes that the benefits to would-be migrants are positive but “count for less” when deciding on immigration policy (Comment, September 30). Yet there is clear […]

The Extreme Poor Gaining Control of Their Own Environment
Professor Danny Quah asks whether some of development’s best friends are also its worst enemies? Originally posted on DannyQuah.com. When Pope Francis addressed the UN on 25 September 2015 he said this on the problem of economic development: To enable these real men and women to escape from extreme poverty, we must allow them to be dignified agents of their […]

Fiscal compact treaty adds to chaos in Europe – Robert Wade
Robert Wade’s recent letter to the Financial Times highlights an overlooked ‘shock’ that is negatively affecting growth prospects in Europe. September 29 Sir, Wolfgang Münchau discusses five shocks hitting Europe simultaneously: refugees, eurozone periphery debt, the global economic downturn, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and Volkswagen’s crimes and misdemeanours (“Five concurrent crises push Europe into the realm of chaos”, Comment, September […]

Welcome to the LSE. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
The Department of International Development extends a very warm welcome to our incoming students. We’re delighted that you’ve joined us. Whether you’ve arrived fresh from your first degree or as a mid-career professional, you’ve been offered a highly coveted place here because you have demonstrated the capabilities that will allow you to thrive and to benefit from our rigorous MSc […]

Conflict and Humanitarian Response – The Summer Course at LSE
As conflicts and crises continue to stretch the humanitarian system, there is a growing need for critical thinking and reflection. As a result, in early July, the International Development department co-hosted, with the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group, a ‘Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response’. The course provided an opportunity for 40 mid-career and senior professionals to learn […]

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Professor Tim Forsyth features in a Deutsche Welle (DW) article about the battle between growth and conservation in Cambodia, notably the illegal clearing of the Central Cardamom Protected Forest.

Friday 4 September 2015

Alaa Tartir, a former PhD student in International Development and currently the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, has co-authored an article on Palestine for Le Monde diplomatique.

Friday 31 July 2015

Ruben Andersson, a postdoctoral research fellow and an expert on migration and border control, has been discussing the situation in Calais on BBC Radio Scotland. Ruben features 14 mins 30s into the show, which is available until the end of August.

Wednesday 22 July 2015

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.

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