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The puzzle of women’s empowerment and their health in urban Bangladesh

The puzzle of women’s empowerment and their health in urban Bangladesh

Gindo Tampubolon, Lecturer in Poverty, Global Development Institute

Empowering women is firmly recognised as a key driver to development and empowered women an essential achievement of it. They can take part in the political affairs of the nation more actively, in the lives of their communities more freely, and in the livelihoods of their families more effectively. Much has been written about empowerment and our understanding has been enhanced by looking at its conceptual components such as resources (including education or assets), their agency (including the ability for purposeful plan and action) and their achievements (including health and livelihoods). read more…

How should the FCDO think about development in the era of Covid-19?

How should the FCDO think about development in the era of Covid-19?

Professors Khalid Nadvi and David Hulme, current and former managing directors of GDI

Last week saw the merger of the FCO and DFID, to create the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

In the midst of a global pandemic, we believe it’s absolutely essential that DFID’s focus on reducing poverty, addressing inequalities and promoting multilateral cooperation is maintained. But at the same time, there’s an opportunity for the FCDO to think about development beyond aid programmes, as a dynamic global process that goes far beyond the traditional conceptions of ‘international’ development.

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Having Faith in Development: Rethinking Development as Diasporic Religious Performativity

Having Faith in Development: Rethinking Development as Diasporic Religious Performativity

Dr Edward Ademolu, Postdoctoral Fellow at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Alum and Honorary fellow of the Global Development Institute

International Development. When you hear this what comes to mind? If at all anything does? A question that is often met with brows furrowed in confusion and the attendant “Uh”, “Um” and “So…” whenever people ask me about my area of study.

“I have no idea what that is” they would say, if courageous enough to share their unfamiliarity with what has become my academic preoccupation.
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Development Aid does not deter Irregular Migration

Development Aid does not deter Irregular Migration

Gabriele Restelli, PhD researcher, Global Development Institute

As Covid’s monopolizing power diminishes, immigration is ready to serve the purpose and fill the gap in headline news. Irregular migrants crossing the English Channel has gathered a lot of attention in recent weeks.

Immigration had been high on the European political agenda since 2014 and 2015, when Europe experienced record numbers of asylum seekers and migrants arriving in its territories, mostly via irregular routes. Nonetheless, the narrative of an “invasion” is rather misleading. read more…

‘Collateral damage’ of UN Peacekeeping Missions: stories from Darfur

‘Collateral damage’ of UN Peacekeeping Missions: stories from Darfur

Tanja Müller, Professor of Political Sociology, Global Development Institute

It was a cold day in February 2016. I arrived at the main train station in a UK city and took a taxi to an address in a suburb. The taxi driver looked at the postcode and asked if I was sure that was where I wanted to go. When I said yes he shrugged and started the 25-minutes drive. read more…

New research highlights how poverty alleviation efforts are shaping the success of environmental targets linked to SDGs

New research highlights how poverty alleviation efforts are shaping the success of environmental targets linked to SDGs

Social protection programs can facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but can also create trade-offs across divergent social and environmental goals that can undermine their effectiveness, say the authors of new research published in the journal PNAS. This is one of the largest studies on the sustainability implications of social protection, funded by the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at The University of Sheffield. read more…

Covid-19 and the Hrishipara Diarists – July 2020: a big rebound – but only for some

Covid-19 and the Hrishipara Diarists – July 2020: a big rebound – but only for some

The story so far

These blogs offer a running commentary on how 60 low-income households in central Bangladesh who volunteer as ‘diarists’ in our daily financial diary project have coped with the pandemic. The first blog in this series was written just after a ‘corona lockdown’ was enforced in Bangladesh on 26th March 2020. The second showed how bad things got during April, the first full month under lockdown. The third reviewed the partial recovery that took place in May. The fourth blog covered June, the first month after the lockdown ended. This fifth blog is about July, when Bangladesh was hit by heavy flooding as well as the continuing pandemic.

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What does Covid-19 mean for global inequalities?

What does Covid-19 mean for global inequalities?

Prof Khalid Nadvi, Professor of International Development and Managing Director, Global Development Institute

It is now abundantly clear that Covid-19 is a critical inflection point, not just for the severe public health impacts that have arisen from the virus across the world, but also for its economic, social and political implications.

Covid-19 is impacting global inequalities in multiple and distinct ways. While we are still in the midst of the pandemic, and at this time it is hard to predict when we will have come through the worst (in the UK and globally), it is clear that Covid-19 has accentuated existing patterns of social, economic, spatial, and racial inequalities, and is likely to heighten these interconnected aspects of inequalities in the future. This is going to be especially significant challenge in the less economically advantaged global South, as well as in our own hinterland here in Manchester. read more…

Covid-19 is a global development challenge

Covid-19 is a global development challenge

For the past few years, researchers at the Global Development Institute have argued that Development Studies needs to move on from its traditional international focus.

Rory Horner, David Hulme and others have been at the forefront of arguing that the idea of global development is a better way of thinking about complex, interconnected social, political and economic issues around the world. read more…

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