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India is destined to be a global superpower. According to the World Bank, India is predicted to grow at a rate of 7.5% in 2017 and surpass the fastest growing economy, China, in the coming two years, while the global economy grows at sub 4 percent.

Until now, the economic boom has failed to reduce malnutrition. 

If they're happy, do we know it?

Well-being for development. A certain level of touchy-feely-ness is almost inevitable around this topic, yet I do think that more research in this area is crucial if we are to work towards the creation more effective policies that respond to real needs of diverse populations. 

Putting the SDGs into perspective

How do you explain to a villager that they should care about the lions that wreak havoc on their livelihoods? That got me thinking about global goals.

‘Refugees welcome’ and beyond

The last week has seen collective mobilisation on a rare scale, urging the UK government to adopt a more humane policy towards refugees. How much this late summer outrage contributes to policy departures or shifts in public consciousness of real significance remains to be seen.

In 2013 Natalie Birnham met and interviewed a Rohingya survivor, named Jamal, in an above-shop office of a local CBO in Kuala Lumpur. He recounted his journey fleeing from Western Myanmar/Burma to Malaysia. 

The reality of decentralisation polices in Ghana doesn't always live up to expectations

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa brought home the importance of preparedness and risk communication is a situation of a disease outbreak. 

No silver bullets for education policy

Dr Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education, responds to the recent report questioning findings on the educational benefits of deworming children

Corruption and (under)development

Corruption affects millions of people, and is deeply linked to inequality and underdevelopment around the world, writes Jameela Raymond of Transparency International UK.

‘Beyond Aid’ investments in private sector healthcare: a troubling trend

As the Financing for Development conference meets in Addis Ababa this week, there are serious questions that need to be asked about development finance strategies of investment in private hospital chains in developing countries, say Benjamin Hunter and Susan F Murray from the International Development Institute, King’s College London, UK