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Gender and social assistance program

Gender and social assistance program

Vidhya Unnikrishnan, Lecturer in Development Economics, Global Development Institute

There is a growing debate on the need to focus on the gender aspect of the social assistance program. The risks of economic vulnerability and poverty differ between men and women. Previous research has found that the poverty rate among women (who are post-reproductive age) in India is 80% higher than men (Calvi, 2016). The alarming rate of poverty rates faced by older women results in excess female mortality. An important reason that is cited for missing-women at an older age* in India is their reduced bargaining power. Other works have similarly highlighted declining health status and increased disabilities among older women opposed to men in India (Chaudhri, 2008). This suggests the need to focus on the gender dimensions of social assistance programs. read more…

Horizon-2020 Winter School at the University of Manchester

Horizon-2020 Winter School at the University of Manchester

From 9th to 13th December, Professor Aminu Mamman hosted a group of scholars and researchers from the University of Rennes 2, France; University of Bielefeld, Germany; University of Abertay, Dundee; University of Ghana; University of Chek Ante Diop, Senegal; ISCAE Business School, Morocco; and the University of Duala, Cameroon. They were here for a Winter School as part of the ManaGlobal Horizon-2020 RISE Research Project funded by the European Union. The project focuses on the understanding of how globalization leads to the hybridization of business and management practices in Africa. read more…

Emerging research on pharmaceuticals and development in the global South

Emerging research on pharmaceuticals and development in the global South

Rory Horner, Senior Lecturer in Globalisation and Political Economy, Global Development Institute

Researchers and practitioners of development tend to give particular attention to certain industries. While textiles and natural resource-based industries garner considerable attention, pharmaceuticals is often overlooked. Yet few industries can match its significance, whether for economic development or often more importantly for curing illness, ameliorating pain and potentially saving lives. A recent workshop in Manchester brought together a group of researchers, from anthropology, economics, geography, history, medical anthropology, politics and sociology, to discuss and advance research on pharmaceuticals in the global South. read more…

7 fully funded GCRF PhD studentships

7 fully funded GCRF PhD studentships

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) PhD Studentship programme, the Global Development Institute is delighted to offer up to seven fully funded four year PhD studentship with an integrated teaching certificate.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. 

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance. Applicants can apply to one of the below projects which will start in either April or September 2020.  read more…

Professor David Hulme awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Professor David Hulme awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Professor David Hulme has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to Research and International Development. Through a distinguished 40 year career in development, Professor David Hulme’s research and passionate commitment to creating positive change has helped to lift millions of people out of extreme poverty.

David has worked extensively all over the world, including South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific, and his work has improved policy, practice and the understanding of poverty and inequality across the globe. His main research focus has been on Bangladesh where he served as Team Leader of the international support team for the Government of Bangladesh’s National Social Protection Strategy (2012-2014), he inspired positive government action and encouraged further donor investment, which helped at least 18 million Bangladeshis move out of poverty. read more…

2019-20 MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) Study Enhancement Programme in Semester One

2019-20 MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) Study Enhancement Programme in Semester One

Mr Paul Barry, Teaching Fellow  and Dr Lujia Feng, Lecturer in Human Resource Management 

In Semester One, students studying Human Resource Management are able to take the Study Enhancement Programme. The Programme includes organisational visits and guest lecture sessions, which provide the students with an opportunity to gain insights into some of the practice-focused human resource and international management challenges with illustration from case studies in different organisational contexts.

The students visited World of Wedgwood Factory and Museum in the Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and the nearby Trentham Gardens and Estate as well as Jaguar and Land Drover in the Halewood Education Centre, Liverpool. Additionally, the students attended guest lecturers from Manchester City Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. These sessions allowed students to gain more insights into some of the practice-focused human resource management challenges and solutions faced in different organisational contexts.  read more…

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