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Lecture: How to rig an election (and get away with it) - Nic Cheeseman

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: Democratic deepening in an Indian state - Indrajit Roy

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.


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...


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...


In conversation: The new face of global trade with Khalid Nadvi & Rory Horner

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.


In conversation: Why we lie about aid - Pablo Yanguas & Diana Mitlin

Diana Mitlin interview Pablo Yanguas about his new book Why We Lie About Aid which is out now on Zed books. They discuss the aid sector, accountability and the Department for International Development. 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:


In conversation: Youth participatory development with Nicola Banks, Fikiri Elias & Sadala Ismail

Nicola Banks, Global Development Institute, talks to Fikiri Elias and Sadala Ismail of the youth participatory development NGO Tamasha Vijana.


In conversation: The future of economics with Ha-Joon Chang, David Hulme & Mihai Codreanu

Listen to Ha-Joon Chang, The University of Cambridge, in conversation with David Hulme, Executive Director of the Global Development Institute, and Mihai Codreanu, Chair of the Post-Crash Economics Society. They discuss pluralist economics, the need for a curriculum revolution, the future of economics and Ha-Joon Chang’s influential works including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics.


Lecture: 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?


Lecture: 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...


Lecture: Oxfam's use of evidence for influencing - Irene Guijt

As part of the Global Development Institute Lecture Series Dr Irene Guijt, Head of Research at Oxfam GB, delivered a lecture entitled: Evidence for Influencing: Balancing research integrity and campaign strategy in Oxfam When using evidence to influence, what compromises have to be made in different contexts due to practical, political and strategic reasons? Dr Guijt presents on challenges and successes, using examples of Oxfam research and campaign strategies from across the world.


Lecture: 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: Economics and collective action problems with Bill Ferguson & 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: Community organising in informal settlements with SDI & Diana Mitlin

Prof Diana Mitlin talks to Kenyan representatives of Shack/Slum Dwellers International who recently visited Global Development Institute


Lecture: Collective operations in urban settings - AbdouMaliq Simone

As part of the Global Development Institute Lecture Series Prof AbdouMaliq Simone discusses collective operations in urban settings. Despite a flood of knowledge, urban residents increasingly do not know where they are. It’s not a matter of geographical illiteracy or social confusion. Rather, the complexities of urban environments mean that a kind of darkness prevails, with residents unable to come up with a coherent working narrative for their feelings and situations. Prof Simone will...


In conversation: Mapping development NGOs in the UK with Dan Brockington & 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: Globalisation, inequality and trade with Dani Rodrik & 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...