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Studying Farmer Led Irrigation with Phil Woodhouse and Dan Brockington

Phil Woodhouse and Dan Brockington discuss their research project Studying Farmer Led Irrigation. The project brings together social science researchers from the UK and irrigation scientists from the Netherlands to work with African researchers in Mozambique and Tanzania. Find out more about the project:


Sophie King on the process of researching urban poverty in Uganda

Sophie King on the process of researching urban poverty in Uganda by Global Development Institute


Rising Powers Special: The BRICs Uncovered

Stephen Sackur speaks to Global Development Institute academics and other leading thinkers about the state of the BRIC economies today and the issues and challenges facing these emerging powers


The future of development studies and other difficult questions

To celebrate the end of the academic year we brought together leading academics from the Global Development Institute in a lively session. Fielding questions from the class of 17-18 our academics answer questions on the reality of development theory vs practice, the future of disruptive tech and ICT4D, and the concept of inequality. The session was compared by Dr Pablo Yanguas and features Prof Diana Mitlin, Prof David Hulme, Prof Richard Heeks, Prof Khalid Nadvi and Dr Helen Underhill.


Rising Powers Special: Stephen Sackur interviews Russian economist Sergei Guriev

This week BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur interviews leading Russian economist Sergei Guriev, for the latest in the Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures podcast series. They talk about the problem that Russian economy is facing with corruption and the need for deep structural reform, alongside the potential Russia has given its educated citizens and natural resources.


What Makes Aid Effective with Pablo Yanguas and Daniel Honig

What limits the impact of foreign aid programmes? If frontline workers had freedom to experiment could aid effectiveness be improved? What in the aid bureaucracy and political environment constrains flexibility? David Hulme & Nicola Banks lead this exciting discussion with ESID’s Pablo Yanguas, author of new book 'Why we lie about aid' and Daniel Honig of Johns Hopkins University, author of new book 'Navigation by judgement: why and when top down management of foreign aid doesn’t work'.


Rising Powers Special: Stephen Sackur interviews Kaushik Basu

This week BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur interviews Kaushik Basu, the former chief economist at the World Bank and economics advisor to the Indian government for the latest in the Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures podcast series. Basu discusses the implications of India’s incredible growth, but ballooning inequality. At the top end, salaries are close to those in OECD countries, while the country is still home to more people living in poverty than any other. He talks about the...


Understanding Zimbabwe with Sara Rich Dorman

Zimbabwe’s recent history has been shaped by battles about who speaks for the nation, one fought out in struggles for control of political institutions, the media, and civil society. Sara Rich Dorman will examine the interactions of social groups — churches, NGOs, and political parties — from the liberation struggle, through the independence decades, as they engaged the state and ruling party and track how the relationship between Mugabe’s ruling party and activists was determined by the...


Rising Powers Special: Stephen Sackur talks Brazil with economist Alex Schwartsman

In this week’s Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures podcast series, BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur interviews Alex Schwartsman is a Brazilian economist and former Director of International Affairs of the Central Bank of Brazil. The interview examines the genesis of Brazil’s recent economic and political crisis. Schwartsman argues that Brazil is trapped by a large government apparatus where policy making has captured by special interest groups, both in the private and public sector....


Rising Powers Special: Stephen Sackur talks China with Yukon Huang, former World Bank Director

In the latest Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures podcast series, BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur interviews Yukon Huang, a former director World Bank Director for China and Russia. They discuss China’s economic prospects and its role in galvanising international action on climate change. How do other members of the BRICs view China and will the Belt and Road initiative upset the current geo-political balance? This weekly podcast mini-series explores the issues and implications of the...


Informal settlements in Zimbabwe - Beth Chitekwe-Biti & Ezana Weldeghebrael

Beth Chitekwe-Biti and Ezana Weldeghebrael discuss the recent political changes in Zimbabwe and what they mean for the urban poor. Beth Chitekwe-Biti, an alumna of Global Development Institute, recently joined the SDI secretariat as Deputy Director. Before moving to SDI, Beth was the Founder Director of Dialogue on Shelter, a Zimbabwean NGO that's working in a unique alliance with the Zimbabwe Homeless People's Federation a movement organised in urban poor neighbourhoods to push for secure...


Khalid Nadvi and Rory Horner on the new face of global trade

A growing body of research points to the ‘Rise of the South’ and the growth of South–South trade. Rory and Khalid consider the implications of the shifting dynamics of global trade and the greater prominence of Southern actors for the conceptualization of global value chains and global production networks.


Why we lie about aid - Pablo Yanguas & Diana Mitlin

Diana Mitlin interviews Pablo Yanguas about his new book 'Why We Lie About Aid'. Professor Diana Mitlin is the Managing Director of the Global Development Institute. Dr Pablo Yanguas is a research fellow with the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre Order your copy of his new book here:


Are some countries destined for under-development? - Ha-Joon Chang,

As part of the Global Development Institute Lecture Series and in collaboration with the Post-Crash Economics Society Dr Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture entitled: Are some countries destined for under-development?


India: the Long Road to Prosperity - Vijay Joshi

As part of the Global Development Institute Lecture Series Vijay Joshi, Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, Oxford and Reader Emeritus in Economics, University of Oxford, delivered a lecture entitled: India: the long road to prosperity. India has been the subject of many extravagant predictions and hopes. It grew fast for three decades from 1980 to 2010 but has faltered since then. Is it on course to become a prosperous country in the next quarter century? The lecture will argue that the...


Political economy approach to collective action, inequality and development - Bill Ferguson

As part of the Global Development Institute Lecture Series Prof Bill Ferguson discussed a political economy approach to collective action, inequality and development. This lecture was the Annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture presented with the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. A society's prospects for development depend on resolving underlying collective-action problems that arise when individual self-interest generates bad outcomes, such as pollution, crime,...


In Conversation: Professor Bill Ferguson and Dr Pablo Yanguas

Effective States and Inclusive Development’s Dr Pablo Yanguas engages Grinnell University’s Professor Bill Ferguson in a thought-provoking discussion about the role of economics in both creating and addressing collective action problems. Bill, the Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics, delivered this year’s Adrian Leftwich memorial lecture on a Political Economy approach to collective action, inequality and development. Having begun his career as a neighourhood community organiser in...


In Conversation: Dan Brockington and Nicola Banks

Dan Brockington, Director of Sheffield Institute for International Development, and Nicola Banks, Global Development Institute, discuss their new research project on development NGO income and expenditure. The conversation is moderated by Chris Jordan.


In Conversation: Dani Rodrik and David Hulme

Be a fly on the wall as GDI's Executive Director, Prof David Hulme, interviews Prof Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, about globalisation, the sociology of economics and economists, how the decay of liberal norms in the West might impact the rest of the world, what to be concerned about for India, and why China is always a surprise. They also discuss how Prof Rodrik's research has led to examining...


Dani Rodrik on the economics of populism

Prof Dani Rodrik, Harvard University, gave the Annual Global Development Institute Lecture. Populism seems to have come out of nowhere, but economic history and theory provide ample grounds for anticipating that globalisation will produce political backlash. But while the backlash may have been predictable, the specific form it took was less so. Prof Dani Rodrik will distinguish between left-wing and right-wing variants of populism - the first predominant in Latin America and the second in...