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New dataset on property rights

New dataset on property rights

Osman Ouattara, Senior Lecturer, Development Economics, Global Development Institute

Property Rights Revisited

The importance of institutional governance, such as a strong rule of law, a lack of corruption, etc.  for growth and development is widely recognised within development economics. Among the different aspects of the quality of governance, the protection of property rights holds a singular place. Its absence prevents people from entering the market economy, thus negatively impacting economic growth. read more…

The impact of old age pensions in India

The impact of old age pensions in India

Dr Vidhya Unnikrishnan, Lecturer in Development Economics, Global Development Institute

Estimates by ILO shows that 92 % of the total employment in India is at the informal sector who are not protected by any formal pension system. The informal sector is characterized by poor working conditions and low wages, that prevents people from making lifetime accumulation of wealth. The lack of an institutionalized social security arrangement for the poor has highlighted the role played by Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) – a national social assistance program targeted on the elderly members of poor in India. In this context, we evaluated the impact of this social assistance program on various household welfare dimensions. The welfare dimensions include monthly per-capita expenditure, food and non-food per-capita expense, assets, and labour supply. The details of the program are discussed in a previous blog on “Gender and Social Assistance” posted on 24th January 2020. read more…

In conversation: Tanja Bastia and Ronald Skeldon on Migration and Development.

In conversation: Tanja Bastia and Ronald Skeldon on Migration and Development.

In this special podcast, we are lucky to be joined by the editors of the newly published Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, Tanja Bastia and Ronald Skeldon.

In this episode, they talk about their long-term collaboration in the fields of migration and development and their wish to build on long-standing research by bringing together established thinkers and new areas of research – an approach which has culminated in this handbook. read more…

Managing organisational tensions between business goals and development goals

Managing organisational tensions between business goals and development goals

How can organisations manage the tensions between business goals and international development goals?  These tensions often derail projects, organisations and partnerships but a newly-published paper identifies three strategies used in initiatives that sustain: combining, compromising and decoupling.

Hybrid organisations are on the rise: public-private partnerships; multi-stakeholder partnerships between private, NGO and public sector actors; and business—development hybrids that include venture philanthropists, impact investors, fair and ethical trade, cooperatives, social enterprises, and state-owned enterprises. read more…

Covid-19 and the Hrishipara Diarists: May 2020: climbing for a fall?

Covid-19 and the Hrishipara Diarists: May 2020: climbing for a fall?

The story so far

The first blog in this series was written just after an anti-corona lockdown was enforced in Bangladesh on 26th March 2020. We showed how the shock was dealt with by the 60 low-income households in central Bangladesh who volunteer as ‘diarists’ in our daily financial diary project. In the second blog we saw just how bad things got during April 2020, the first full month under lockdown. In this, the third blog in the series, we look at the partial recovery that took place in May. read more…

How Greater Manchester Savers were Inspired by African Activists

How Greater Manchester Savers were Inspired by African Activists

For many years, as part of our master’s in Global Urban Development and Planning, we’ve welcomed members of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) to teach students in Manchester. More recently, we’ve introduced SDI members to Manchester based community groups and have helped facilitate a series of exchanges between them. With support from the Realising Just Cities programme at Sheffield’s Urban Institute, this has helped to catalyse the Greater Manchester Savers, who have just published a new report documenting their story so far. This is a short extract. read more…

Understanding the Impacts of Covid-19 on Livelihoods in Bangladesh: Findings from the PPRC-BIGD Rapid Response Survey

Understanding the Impacts of Covid-19 on Livelihoods in Bangladesh: Findings from the PPRC-BIGD Rapid Response Survey

Dr Nicola Banks, Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Professor David Hulme, Professor of Development Studies

On 21 May we had the pleasure of attending a webinar and report launch hosted by our long-standing research partners in Bangladesh, the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) at BRAC University and the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC). As the scale of the Covid-19 challenge became apparent earlier this year, these two distinguished research centres came together to plan a longitudinal Rapid Response Survey into Livelihoods, Coping and Support Systems During Covid-19. While admirably rapid in response to the crisis – thereby feeding into Government and NGO practical responses on the ground – the speed in execution did not sacrifice anything in the way of research rigour and Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman of PPRC and Dr Imran Matin of BIGD presented findings from a survey conducted in early April, just after the Government launched a ‘holiday’ lock-down period. A follow-up survey will be conducted in June to see how things have changed. read more…

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