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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.
Thandika Mkandawire receives prestigious Africa-America Institute award|

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) presented Professor Thandika Mkandawire| with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award during a gala in New York. Read more and watch a video of the ceremony >>|


Cedric Smith Prize 2014 - Conflict Research Society

Dr Mareike Schomerus| was named runner-up for the Cedric Smith Prize 2014 for an extract from her LSE PhD thesis ‘The Lord's Resistance Army in the Juba Talks: Syncopated rhythms in conflict resolution’. The prize is awarded by the Conflict Research Society for the best piece of peace and conflict research.

The panel of judges said: "[This work] concerns itself with a field of literature which is well developed, but it does add value both in the analysis and in the narrative around the case study. The distinction between the connect-disconnect modes of engagement on the one hand and the ‘galvanic surge’ on the other is an important and original insight with wider significance, as the writer ably suggests in the conclusion. The ‘alternating current’ metaphor is powerful and useful."

The thesis was also nominated for the Peace Science Society's 2014 Walter Isard Award for the Best Dissertation in Peace Science. Read the thesis here|.

Holly Porter

Visiting fellow is runner-up for 2014 Audrey Richards Prize

Dr Holly Porter|, Visiting Fellow and Lead Researcher for JSRP, been named as one of three runners up for her doctoral dissertation in 2014's Audrey Richards Prize. This year the judges an unprecedented 22 nominations and the standard was remarkably high. Dr Porter's research focuses on gender, sexual violence, social healing and justice, particularly on women’s experiences after rape in northern Uganda, where she has lived and worked since 2005.

In announcing Dr Porter's award, the judges said: "It is of enormous credit to you that your research should figure among the final four dissertations. The judges very much enjoyed reading your work."  

Read the thesis >>|


Professor Mary Kaldor receives 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 >>|


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.


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Shall we dance? Welfarist Incorporation and the Politics of State-Labour NGO Relations in China| by Jude Howell|

State-labour NGOs relations in China have been particularly fraught. In 2012 these took an interesting twist, as some local governments made overtures to labour NGOs to co-operate in providing services to migrant workers. This article argues that this shift is part of a broader strategy of 'welfarist incorporation' to redraw the social contract between state and labour. There are two key elements to this: first, relaxation of the registration regulations for social organisations; second, governmental purchasing of services from social organisations. These overtures have both a state and market logic to maintain social control and stabilise relations of production. Read the full article here >>|

Another article by Jude Howell, The Securitisation of NGOs post-9/11|, argues that the securitisation of an issue can involve not only negative, exclusionary and repressive extraordinary measures but also more positive, inclusionary and productive strategies of engagement. It also argues that such bifurcated strategies of security can evoke a spectrum of responses that sets limits on the process of securitisation. It examines these two arguments through the lens of the securitisation of development NGOs post-9/11. Read the full article here >>|


Elinor Ostrom's Legacy: Governing the Commons and the Rational Choice Controversy| by Tim Forsyth|

Elinor Ostrom had a profound impact on development studies through her work on public choice, institutionalism and the commons. In 2009, she became the first - and so far, only - woman to win a Nobel Prize for Economics (a prize shared with Oliver Williamson). The purpose of this article is to identify and discuss Elinor Ostrom's legacy in international development. Read the full article here >>|

Improving Basic Services for the bottom 40 percent

Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent|

This World Bank study, authored by Qaiser Khan, Jean-Paul Faguet|, Christopher Gaukler, and Wendmsyamregne Mekasha, examines why "Ethiopia’s model for delivering basic services appears to be succeeding and [confirms] that services improve when service providers are more accountable to citizens." Read the study on Issuu >>|


Non-Governmental Public Action and Social Justice|

Edited by Jude Howell|, this book "explores the different organizational forms, strategies and tactics that activists adopt to pursue social justice goals and analyses how histories of resistance impinge on contemporary activism in both positive and negative ways."


Historical Origins of Uneven Service Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Role of Non-State Providers| by Frank-Borge Wietzke|

Variations in non-state service provision are a relatively understudied dimension of wellbeing inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. This study from Madagascar documents long-term associations between nineteenth-century missionary education and the availability of private schools today. The article exploits an original data set with unusually detailed information on missionary education and contemporary local private school supply. The results indicate high levels of persistence in non-state schooling at the geographic level. The long tradition of faith-based education appears to contribute to religious differences that overlap only imperfectly with more widely studied ethnic divides.


The Handbook of Global Security Policy|

Security policy has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War.  It can no longer be thought of in terms of securing one country against the military attack of another. Security is now a global concept that crosses traditional state boundaries and faces risks of many shapes and sizes. In her book, Mary Kaldor| brings together 28 state-of-the-art essays covering the essential aspects of global security research and practice for the 21st century. Edited by two of the field’s leading scholars, this volume embraces a broad new definition of security, and examines the risks and challenges posed by new forms of violence and insecurity.


Case study by Dr Shirin Madon in new World Bank report|

The rapid spread of new technologies is transforming the daily lives of millions of poor people around the world and has the potential to be a real game changer for development. The new World Bank report, 'Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?' presents a theoretical framework about the linkages between new technologies, participation, empowerment, and the improvement of poor people's human well-being based on Amartya Sen's capability approach.


The book provides rich case studies about the different factors that influence whether or not information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled citizen engagement programs can improve the delivery and quality of public services to poor communities, including Dr Shirin Madon's| case study on the factors and process of using new technologies to enhance the delivery of primary health services to pregnant women in Karnataka, India. Read the report >>|

The securitisation of NGOs post-9/11|
Conflict, Security and Development

In this article Jude Howell| argues that the securitisation of an issue can involve not only negative, exclusionary and repressive extraordinary measures but also more positive, inclusionary and productive strategies of engagement. It also argues that such bifurcated strategies of security can evoke a spectrum of responses that sets limits on the process of securitisation. It examines these two arguments through the lens of the securitisation of development NGOs post-9/11.


The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives|
Palgrave Macmillan

Current international discourse on the new state of South Sudan seems fixated on the "state construction." In this book Mareike Schomerus|, Christopher Vaughan and Lotje de Vries aim to broaden the debate by examining the character of regulatory authority in South Sudan's borderlands in both contemporary and historical perspective.


Asian firms and the restructuring of global value chains|
International Business Review

Asian trans-national garment manufacturers are transforming the structure of global value chains in the apparel industry. In this paper for International Business Review, Shamel Azmeh| argues that such transnational, Asian firms can play a pivotal and strategic role in shaping the geography and organisational restructuring of the global value chain. Drawing on secondary sources and primary research we illustrate how such firms manage complex international production linkages, and ensure the incorporation of Jordan into the global garment industry.


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 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.


Public concerns about transboundary haze: A comparison of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia|
Global Environmental Change

Public concerns about environmental problems create narrative structures that influence policy by allocating roles of blame, responsibility, and appropriate behavior. In this paper Tim Forsyth| presents an analysis of public concerns about transboundary haze resulting from forest fires in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia for crises experienced in 1997, 2005 and 2013.


Political Trade Dependence and North–South Trade Agreements|
International Studies Quarterly

Why do developing countries negotiate North–South trade agreements, when they already enjoy preferential market access to developed-country markets? Most developing countries benefit from the generalised system of preferences (GSP) and related schemes when they export to the United States, the EU, and other developed economies. And yet, many pursue fully reciprocal agreements that require major concessions to the developed partner. In this article, Ken Shadlen| argues that this is due to the nature of the GSP as a unilateral concession that can be (and often is) taken away, and high dependence on unilateral, removable preferences generates “political trade dependence”.


“Happiness and Smoking” – Diana Weinhold gives lecture in Kiev
Dr Diana Weinhold, Associate Professor in Development Economics, will be giving a lecture at the Kiev School of Economics on 19th December entitled “Happiness and Smoking”. Dr Weinhold will discuss the latest survey data looking at whether quitting smoking decreases happiness and whether regulatory actions on tobacco products can be the reason of lost happiness of tobacco users. Click here for more information. […]

Tasha Fairfield talks about neoliberalism in Chile
Tasha Fairfield, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development, speaks to CounterPunch about the role of students in Chile’s neoliberal flip-flop. “The student movement played a critical role in creating political space. It dramatically changed the political context in Chile and helped to place the issues of Chile’s extreme inequalities centrally on the national agenda.” Read the article in […]

Elliott Green talks about land reform in South Africa
Dr Elliott Green speaks to This is Africa about South Africa’s struggles with land reform. “When governments decide to redistribute land, you do not know when it is going to stop. You become unsure and when you start getting that uncertainty, you start seeing capital flight which is a major concern for South Africa” Read the article in full here.

Danny Quah in conversation with Ha-Joon Chang on BBC Radio 4: ”Teaching Economics After the Crash”
Professor Danny Quah will be speaking on the BBC Radio 4 programme,”Teaching Economics After the Crash” tonight at 8pm alongside Ha-Joon Chang and the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane. Listen live on BBC iPlayer, or catch up here. About the programme At universities from Glasgow to Kolkata, economics students are fighting their tutors over how to teach the […]

Student Experience: Cumberland Lodge, More Than An Academic Getaway
This is a specially invited contribution from MSc Development Management students about the 2014 Cumberland Lodge Workshop, written by Dorothy Ferary and Genevieve Imbali. On the 31st October, 46 MSc Development Management students and four LSE International Development staff; Professor Teddy Brett, Professor Raymond Apthorpe, Dr Silvia Masiero, and Anouk Rigterink, went on a trip to Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. […]


Thursday 13 November 2014

Stuart Gordon| features in a new BBC documentary about Britain's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict, 'Afghanistan: The Lions Last Roar?' Watch the documentary in full >>|

Monday 10 November 2014

Danny Quah writes on 'Chinese Lessons: Singapore's Epic Regression to the Mean'| in the World Bank's Future Development blog. Read the article >>|

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Opiniones Territoriales, part of the FAO's Spanish-language website, interviewed Jean-Paul Faguet| about decentralization. Read the full interview >>|

Wednesday 15 October 2014

In East Asia Forum, Jude Howell| asks, 'Where are all the women in China's political system?' Read the article >>|

Wednesday 17 September 2014

In The Independent|, Jean-Paul Faguet| asks whether David Cameron is becoming the worst prime minister in UK history. Read the article >>|

Tuesday 16 September 2014

In the LSE British Politics and Policy blog|, Elliott Green| argues "Scottish nationalism stands apart from other secessionist movements for being civic in origin, rather than ethnic." Read the article >>|

Friday 22 August 2014

Centennial Professor Carlota Perez| writes about 'a new age of technological progress' in Policy Network. Read the article >>|

Friday 15 August 2014

The Washington Post interviews Catherine Boone| about the arguments in her latest book, Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics| Read the Q&A here >>|

Friday 8 August 2014

In an op-ed article for The World Post, PhD candidate Alaa Tartir| argues why the Sharm El-Sheikh donor conference in September offers an opportunity "to forge a new paradigm of aid politics" and must include Hamas. Read more >>|

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Robert Wade|, with Jakob Vestergaard, in a letter published in The Financial Times, explains why 'Brics bank ought to be welcomed by poorer countries'. Read more >>|

Thursday 24 July 2014

In Global Policy JournalDanny Quah| argues why the world can learn from Malaysia's political and economic model. Read more >>|

Thursday 24 July 2014

In FT Alphaville Carlota Perez| responds to arguments set out by Bank of England chief economist Andrew Haldane at the launch of the Mission-Oriented Finance. Read more >>|

Thursday 24 July 2014

Robert Wade| takes the angle that capitalism can only work if it has more controls imposed on it in an Institute of Arts and Ideas| debate, 'The End of Capitalism: A new global economics'. Watch the video >>|

Friday 11 July 2014

World Finance speaks to Danny Quah| about his views on the future of emerging markets. Watch the video here >>|

Friday 4 July 2014

Mary Kaldor| appeared on Newsnight (4 July 2014) to discuss Britain's new aircraft carriers with the former First Sealord Admiral Lord West. She argues that this enormous and costly ship, supposed to fly the American F 35 Lightning strike fighter, which is not yet available and has run into huge problems bot technical and financial, is a typical example of what she calls a 'baroque' military technology. Watch (from 20:46) >>|

Friday 4 July 2014

'Prospero', a blog run by The Economist, features a Q&A with Tim Allen| on the importance of fieldwork. Read more >>|

Wednesday 2 July 2014

In this week's Gearty Grillings|, Danny Quah discusses whether China should emulate the political and social order of the West to be able to compete.

Friday 6 June 2014

In the Amartya Sen Lecture 2014|, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF, called for a 'greater focus on empowerment', according to IMF Survey Magazine. Read more >>|

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Mary Kaldor| discusses the future of NATO| with a panel in the second episode of BBC Radio 4's new series, 'Fit for Purpose'.

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Deborah Doane (DESTIN, 1996-97) writes in the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog, 'Inclusive capitalism must fairly reward those on the bottom rung of the ladder'. Read more >>|

Friday 30 May 2014

Thandika Mkandawire| joins Breaking Views with UNICEF to talk about the economic challenges in Africa and prospects of a better future. Watch >>|

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Tim Forsyth| speaks to Al Jazeera about the coup in Thailand and its implications on the country's economy. Read more >>|

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Catherine Boone| appeared on Gearty Grillings to discuss how land and property issues lie at the core of political conflict in Africa. Watch here >>| 

Gearty Grilling| is a weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs| (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. Conor Gearty, director of the IPA and professor of human rights law, subjects academics to a five-minute grilling to showcase the School's word class research and faculty.

Sunday 11 May 2014

Kristof Titeca| writes about the US hunt for Kony in Al Jazeera. Read more >>|