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Lecture: Helen Clark on Women-Equality-Power

Rt. Hon Helen Clark, former Administrator of UNDP and former Prime Minister of New Zealand presents the Global Development Institute Annual Lecture. Helen Clark addresses the issues of women's leadership and gender equality and their importance to a sustainable world. Helen Clark has been a political leader for more than 40 years; she held the post of first elected female Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine years and was the first female Administrator of the United Nations Development...


In Conversation: Helen Clark and Uma Kothari

As part of her visit to the Global Development Institute Rt Hon Helen Clark sat down with Prof Uma Kothari to discuss her career, the UN, Hillary Clinton and intersectionality. Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017.


Lecture: Nick Stern & Himanshu on how lives change: a study of Palanpur, India

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, LSE and Professor Himanshu, Jawaharlal Nehru University Development economics is about understanding how and why lives change. Drawing on seven decades of detailed data collection How Lives Change: Palanpur, India, and Development Economics studies a single village in a crucially important country to illuminate the drivers of these changes, why some people do better or worse than others, and what influences mobility and inequality. Against a backdrop of real...


In conversation: Radically rethinking aid with Jonathan Glennie & Pablo Yanguas

We have been taught to understand aid as a temporary injection of support for struggling countries. This is wrong. It should be seen as a permanent fixture, as part of continued investment in global public goods and internationally agreed objectives. This realisation will have major implications for how we raise and manage funds, and how we communicate to different audiences.


Lecture: Yuen Yuen Ang on how the west got China wrong

Dr Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan delivers the Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture. For decades, Western policymakers and observers assumed that as China’s economy prospers, it will eventually and inescapably democratize. Today, however, the West is alarmed that not only does China appear more authoritarian than before, the new leadership is perceived to harbor ambitions to compete with Western powers for world dominance. This turn of...


Lecture: Emma Mawdsley on the Southernisation of Development

The Global Development Institute Lecture Series is pleased to present Dr Emma Mawdsley, Reader in Human Geography and Fellow of Newnham College to discuss "The Southernisation of Development? Who has 'socialised' who in the new millennium?" A more polycentric global development landscape has emerged over the past decade or so, rupturing the formerly dominant North-South axis of power and knowledge. This can be traced through more diversified development norms, institutions, imaginaries and...


Lecture: Nic Cheeseman on how to rig an election (and get away with it)

Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian leaders who agree to hold elections are generally able to remain in power longer than autocrats who refuse to allow the populace to vote. Calling upon first-hand experiences, hundreds of interviews and election reports from Kenya, India, Nigeria, Russia, the United States, Zimbabwe and more, Professor Cheeseman discusses the limitations of national elections as a means of promoting democratisation, revealing the six essential strategies...


Lecture: Indrajit Roy on democratic deepening in an Indian state

The Global Development Institute is pleased to present Dr Indrajit Roy, Department of Politics, the University of York to discuss "Dignifying development: Democratic deepening in an Indian State." The lecture draws on Indrajit’s prior work on poor people’s negotiations with democratic institutions and public policy as well as their ideas about citizenship and membership in its political community. It also signals his future research plans of investigating the intersections of democracy and...


In conversation: SDGs three years on with David Hulme and Jennifer O'Brien

As the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly convenes to review the world's three year progress against the Sustainable Development Goals, Jennifer O'Brien, Director of Social Responsibility for the School of Environment, Education and Development talks to Prof David Hulme, Executive Director of GDI.


In conversation: Farmer-led irrigation with Phil Woodhouse & Dan Brockington

Phil Woodhouse and Dan Brockington discuss their research project Studying African 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:


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


In conversation: The future of development studies

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.


In conversation: What makes aid effective with Pablo Yanguas & 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 culture...


Lecture: Sara Rich Dorman on Understanding Zimbabwe

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. While...


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...


Rising Powers Special: Stephen Sackur interviews Lord Jim O’Neill

Lord Jim O’Neill talks to BBC Hardtalk presenter Stephen Sackur about where the BRIC acronym came from, it’s real world repercussions and where the BRICs go next. This weekly podcast mini-series explores the issues and implications of the Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures research programme.


In conversation: Informal settlements in Zimbabwe with 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...