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Blog posts - 2017

If developing countries are serious about sparking economic growth, they need to be active in reforming their bureaucracies, promoting policies that allow larger proportions of the unbanked populous into the formal banking sector.

In November 2017 LIDC held a careers networking event showcasing different routes into development work. Find out the advice and tips that our speakers shared on how to get your first job in international development

Where the Truth Lies: Teachers and the Media in Mexico

A free press is crucial in society to hold authority to account. Investigative journalists are the public’s greatest ally, and often put themselves in the line of fire to expose the truth. Few places are more dangerous for digging under the skin of power than Mexico. We need to recognise that the media is not just in the business of reflecting public opinion, but also of creating it.  

Restrictions on the movement of refugees has meant that thousands of people are stuck in countries of transit; and host countries are struggling to meet the needs of the refugees. As a result of this, refugees are living in dire conditions, significantly impacting their psychological and general health, including oral health. 

International Day of Peace: The role of teachers in peacebuilding in post-conflict societies

Teachers have the potential to assist peacebuilding in post-conflict societies. This is particularly relevant where structural inequalities persist and teachers, schools and students have been an integral part of violent conflict both as victims and perpetrator of violence. 

The inclusion of men and masculinities in development work is vital for gender equality, as many feminist initiatives have focused on inequalities against women and it's prevention without including men, who may perpetuate, witness or heighten gender inequalities.

Despite the fact that men's behaviour increases the HIV transmission risks of both men and women, programmes and policy continue to focus on the behaviour and actions of women. This blog explores the flaws in this approach, and argues that HIV prevention efforts must now examine men and masculinities. 

Birsha Ohdedar explores the links between climate change and human rights in the context of access to water in India.

Who Does the Research on Aid Effectiveness? It Matters.

The call to rethink development aid as a catalyst of development efforts, and not as development’s main mover, is now part of mainstream development discourse, including institutions like the World Bank. The next, inevitable, step will be to understand under which conditions aid can play the role of a catalyst. Two policy dialogues organised last year by the Global Development Network and partners, concluded that if we want to answer the question of effectiveness of aid, both government and researchers of aid receiving countries need to take a lead in setting the aid effectiveness research agenda.

In this new blog post series, we will be hearing from recent graduates about their experiences in entry-level development roles. In this first post, recent SOAS graduate Pankhuri Agarwal writes about her experience of working in India against human trafficking.

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