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13 Oct, 2017
By Felipe Roa-Clavijo

Three insights on multidimensional poverty from the UN General Assembly

While most media attention at the United Nations General Assembly was focusing on President’s Trump’s first appearance at the UN, little attention was devoted to central themes, such as the fight against poverty.

Ending poverty is the first of 17 sustainable development goals that were agreed by member countries in 2015 and guide the international development agenda until 2030.

By
Abhijeet Singh
30 Oct, 2015

What can the private sector offer Indian education?

Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.

By
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
Lucia Scalco
19 Oct, 2015

Citizenship, violence, and youth in Brazil: reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility

In Brazil, there has been a perennial debate about reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years. Congress has recently approved a legal amendment that aims to put this into practice...

By
Kat Egdamian
30 Sep, 2015

Refugee crisis: Syria's religious minorities must not be overlooked

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee their homeland, there is a tendency to view all Syrian refugees as a homogeneous entity. They are not. Many stories are being told, but many more...

By
Paul Dornan
25 Sep, 2015

Will the SDGs advance progress for disadvantaged children?

The end of the week sees the meeting to agree the Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t expect too many surprises; the document to be signed off has already been published. There are 17 proposed goals, with...

By
Sabina Alkire
24 Sep, 2015

Income and multidimensional poverty – fighting poverty in all its dimensions

The way we define poverty has changed. At the Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the UN will formally adopt a new sustainable development agenda that will include a goal to end poverty...

By
Jean-Benoit Falisse
18 Sep, 2015

Beyond political violence in Burundi: an economy in crisis

Burundi may have slipped from the world’s attention, but the crisis that erupted last May when President Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term is far from being resolved. Most commentators...

By
Asha Amirali
04 Sep, 2015

Book Review: ‘Patronage as Politics in South Asia’ by Anastasia Piliavsky (ed)

It is true, as Anastasia Piliavsky points out in her superb introduction, that patronage has long been treated as a distasteful element of developing societies. Personalised exchange between social unequals...

By
Jo Boyden
30 Jul, 2015

Not all child migration is trafficking and not all child work is slavery

This week, the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced during his visit to South East Asia that new measures, enshrined in the Modern Slavery Act, will come in to force to curb the growth of human...

By
Sabina Alkire
13 Jul, 2015

Seeing poverty up close

Poverty measures reported at the national level provide only a sketch of the reality poor people face. Multidimensional poverty estimations released on 22 June 2015 by the Oxford Poverty and Human...

By
Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock
23 Jun, 2015

Moving beyond movements: exploring paths of everyday citizenship in urban South Africa

In the rich literature that has emerged on social movements in post-apartheid South Africa, there have been many analyses that explore the degree to which particular social movements cooperate with the...

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