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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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New Report - "From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict"

The latest report by the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit proposes that the European Union adopts a second generation human security approach to conflicts, as an alternative to Geo-Politics or the War on Terror.

Read the full report here

 

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet speaks at World Bank

On Wednesday 10 February Professor Jean-Paul Faguet spoke at an event at the World Bank entitled "Is Decentralization Good for Development: Perspectives from Academics & Policy Makers", where he discussed his research from his book of the same name.

A video of the event can be found here

 
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Programme for African Leadership scholarships available for 2016

PfAL is delighted to announce that scholarship funds are available for bright African students applying to select Masters programmes for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year. There is a three-stage application process, with an initial deadline of 4 March 2016 for the first phase. Click the link for more information and for the Pre-Application Form. 

Find out more about the scholarships here.

 
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Professor Kaldor receives honorary award at University of Sussex graduation

On Friday 22 January Mary Kador was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex for her  academic excellence and her contribution on issues of humanitarian security and the new causes of war. The award  was conferred to her by the Chancellor of the University, actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar at Brighton’s Dome, where the University’s winter graduation ceremonies took place.

 
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International Development student awarded New Zealand Gallantry Star

LSE International Development postgraduate student, Geoff Faraday, awarded New Zealand Gallantry Star for two acts of extraordinary bravery while serving as an army major in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Read more about Geoff's award on the International Development blog 

 
Property and Political Order in Africa by Catherine Boone

Prestigious Awards for Professor Catherine Boone

The Department of International Development is delighted to announce that Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics by Catherine Boone has been awarded Best Book 2015 by African Politics Conference Group of the American Political Science Assocation and the ASA Herskovitz Award Honorable Mention 2015 for the best book published in English in African Studies in the last two years by the African Studies Association (ASA).

 
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Robert Wade commemorated in Beijing

The 25th anniversary of Robert Wade's influential book, Governing the Market, was acknowledged by a special panel at the Beijing Forum last week (Friday 6 November). Professor Wang Zhengyi of Peking University organised the panel to commemorate the milestone, which included scholars from around the world.

Professor Wade also contributed to the event, speaking on 'The role of the state in escaping the middle-income trap: the role of smart industrial polices'.

For more on his research, see Robert Wade's experts page.

 

Jean-Paul Faguet promotes new book in South America

Jean-Paul Faguet has been in South America this week promoting his new book, Is Decentralization Good for Development? He gave the keynote address at the LACEA/World Bank/IDB/UNDP Research Network on Inequality and Poverty, as well as lectures at the Catholic University of Bolivia, and the UMSA, the main public university in La Paz. He has also faced a live TV interview on one of Bolivia’s main current affairs programmes, ‘A Todo Pulmón’.

A roundtable discussion to launch the book, featuring co-editor and recent PhD graduate, Caroline Pöschl, will take place at LSE on 2 December, with details to follow on our events page.

 
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Mayling Birney discusses the Magna Carta on BBC's Newshour

Mayling Birney featured on the BBC’s Newshour this week, talking about the late diversion of the Magna Carta exhibition from Renmin University in Beijing to the British Ambassador’s Residence. Dr Birney considered why the authorities might have moved to restrict public access to the 800-year-old document. The audio and transcript are available on the International Development blog.
 
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International (Photo credit: Oxfam)

Winnie Byanyima captivates audience at LSE

Oxfam International is moving its headquarters from Oxford to Nairobi, executive director Winnie Byanyima announced at LSE on Monday. Her public lecture ‘Is Africa Rising?’ spoke about issues of investment, inequality and tax manipulation in Africa and was very well received by a sell-out audience. A summary and podcast are available on the International Development blog.

Further Africa Talks will be given by Attahiru Jega, the former Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on 10 November, and by academic and author, Alcinda Honwana, on 18 November.

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

 
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Reviving Global Democracy: Book launch, 11 November

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is hosting a panel discussion for the launch of Richard Youngs' new book, The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy, on Wednesday 11 November. The evening will feature Richard Youngs, Mukulika Banerjee and Senem Aydin-Düzgit, and will be chaired by Mary Kaldor.

More information can be found on our events page.

 

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African Political Economy

Centralising rents and dispersing power while pursuing development? Exploring the strategic uses of military firms in Rwanda

Behuria, Pritish                                                                                           Review of African Political Economy (Feb 2016)

The Rwandan Patriotic Front has achieved significant economic progress while also maintaining political stability. However, frictions among ruling elites have threatened progress. This paper explores the use of military firms in Rwanda. Such firms are used to invest in strategic industries, but the use of such firms reflects the vulnerability faced by ruling elites. Military firms serve two related purposes. First, ruling elites use such firms to centralise rents and invest in strategic sectors. Second, the proliferation of such enterprises and the separation of party- and military-owned firms contribute to dispersing power within a centralised hierarchy.

To read the full article, click here >>

 
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Europe's failed ‘fight’ against irregular migration: ethnographic notes on a counterproductive industry

Andersson, Ruben                                                                                      Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Feb 2016)

Despite Europe's mass investments in advanced border controls, people keep arriving along the continent's shores under desperate circumstances. European attempts to ‘secure’ or ‘protect’ the borders have quite clearly failed, as politicians themselves increasingly recognise – yet more of the same response is again rolled out in response to the escalating ‘refugee crisis’. Amid the deadlock, this article argues that we need to grasp the mechanics and logics of the European ‘border security model’ in order to open up for a change of course.

To read the full article, click here >>

 
Economy For and Against Democracy by Keith Hart, LSE International Development

Economy For and Against Democracy

Hart, Keith
Berghahn (2015)

Political constitutions alone do not guarantee democracy; a degree of economic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary economies, dominated as they are by global finance and political rent-seekers, often block the realization of democracy. The comparative essays and case studies of this volume examine the contradictory relationship between the economy and democracy and highlight the struggles and visions needed to make things more equitable. They explore how our collective aspirations for greater democracy might be informed by serious empirical research on the human economy today. If we want a better world, we must act on existing social realities.

 
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 Pöschl (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.

 
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Will the JAM Trinity Dismantle the Public Distribution System?

Masiero, Silvia
Economic and Political Weekly, 45 (2015), 21-23.

The platform known as the JAM Trinity (an acronym for Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and mobile numbers) may enable a shift from the current Public Distribution System, based on price subsidies, to the direct transfer of benefits. However, JAM technologies will not necessarily lead to the demise of the PDS. State-level experiences reveal that such technologies can improve the system by combatting the leakage problems that disrupt it.

 
Security Dialogue

Hardwiring the frontier? The politics of security technology in Europe's 'fight against illegal migration'

Andersson, Ruben
Security Dialogue (2015), 1-18.

Migration controls at the external EU borders have become a large field of political and financial investment in recent years - indeed, an 'industry' of sorts - yet conflicts between states and border agencies still mar attempts at cooperation. This article takes a close look at one way in which officials try to overcome such conflicts: through technology.

 
Journal of Democracy

Decentralizing for a Deeper, More Supple Democracy

Faguet, Jean-Paul, Ashley M. Fox, and Caroline Pöschl
Journal of Democracy, 26.4 (2015), 60-74.

Can decentralization strengthen democracy, or is it doomed to weaken the state? Over the past three decades, most countries have experimented with some form of decentralization. Yet, many analysts worry that it will weaken the state. We review recent evidence regarding decentralization and state strength and argue that decentralization can deepen democracy without compromising state strength if adequately designed.

 
Governance and Adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party
'NGOs and Service Sub-Contracting: New form of social welfare or social appeasement?' by Jude Howell, in Governance and Adaptation of the Chinese Communist Party.

Yu Keping, Gunter Schubert, Thomas Heberer & Bjorn Alpermann (eds), Beijing Central Compiliation and Translation Press, 2015.

This book includes in-depth analyses of governance and its development in China. The content covers not only the relationship between the Party and state, state-society relations, and centre-local relations, but also the structure, functions, legitimacy, appropriateness and governance competencies of the Chinese Communist Party, the system of leadership and rule, and political stability, government innovation, social governance, basic governance, public services and urbanisation.
 

Life after LSE: Megha Mukim on Asia’s Most Competitive Cities
Whether they study on one of our MSc programmes or undertake a PhD, after graduation our students disperse across the world to undertake a seemingly endless range of occupations, and apply what they’ve learnt in their time with us. Many go on to work for governments or NGOs, others for international aid agencies or as advisers in the private sector. Another […]

LSE DESTIN Society Celebrates 7th Annual Industry Dinner
At the end of the Lent Term the DESTIN Society, the student society associated with the department of International Development, held their 7th Annual Industry Dinner. The aim of the evening was to promote dialogue between students, academics and professionals outside of the classroom. The event was held on a dinner cruise along the Thames, as 150 top-level NGO professionals, […]

Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive? The Limits of Adaptation limits
Professor of International Development Jude Howell talks about her recent research into governance in China in this post written for the LSE International Development blog, based on her article on the same subject published in Journal of Social Policy in January. In 2016 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will have been in power for almost 70 years. While the former Soviet […]

At the Intersection of Digital Economy and Industrial Policy in Africa
To coincide with the upcoming day-long workshop on Industrialization in Africa on 3 May 2016,  Laura Mann, from LSE’s International Development department offers her visions of what a more strategic approach to digital innovation might look like in African economies. With the publication of UNECA’s excellent new report on Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa and with the release of some new […]

‘Scale-ups’ are the true engines of growth – Professor Robert Wade
An interesting read from last Tuesday’s Financial Times (12 April). Professor of Political Economy and Development Robert Wade replies to Philip Stephens’ article on free trade entitled “US politics is closing the door on free trade” where he argues “Without America, momentum will be lost. The danger will be of a slide into outright protectionism”.  ‘Scale-ups’ are the true engines […]

Monday 28 December 2015

Stuart Gordon, Assistant Professor in Managing Humanitarianism, was interviewed in the Guardian about the impact that conflict has on humanitarian works across the world. Read the article here >>

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Following on from the interview he did on 2 November, Pritish Behuria, Teaching Fellow in Development Studies, was once again interviewed by Deutsche Welle regarding the ongoing third term debate in Rwanda and its impact on domestic Rwandan politics and the region. Listen to the interview here >>

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Following the recent attacks in Paris LSE International Development Professor Mary Kaldor discusses why another "War on Terror" won't work, in an article written for The Nation. Read the article here >>

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Benjamin Chemouni, Teaching Fellow in Development Studies, was interviewed live on Al-Jazeera television last weekend and on Radio RFI [Les Voix du Monde] last week on the crisis in Burundi. He has also undertaken two interviews with Deutche Welle. The first can be found here  and the second is available here.

Monday 2 November 2015

Pritish Behuria, Teaching Fellow in Development Studies, was interviewed by Deutsche Welle regarding the third term debate in Rwanda and its impact on domestic Rwandan politics and the region. Listen to the interview here >>

Friday 30 October 2015

Dr Mayling Birney was interviewed this week by the New York Times about China's shift to a two-child policy. See the article here >>

Mayling recently featured on the BBC’s Newshour, talking about the late diversion of the Magna Carta exhibition from Renmin University in Beijing to the British Ambassador’s Residence. Listen to Dr Birney's interview here >>

Friday 23 October 2015

PhD graduate Alaa Tartir was a speaker at the World Bank's panel on 'Fragility in Middle Income Countries: New ideas for unique challenges', which took place on 8 October. A video recording of the panel (in which Alaa speaks from 43:40 to 51:30) can be found here >>

Monday 5 October 2015

Carlota Perez, Centennial Professor in the Department, features in a CNN report about reducing global poverty. Read the article here >>

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 >>

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