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19 Oct, 2018
By
Mohammad Tarikul Islam

Rural dispute resolution in Bangladesh: How well are village courts working?

Bangladesh offers an interesting case in which informal rural dispute resolution has been institutionalised as an alternative route to justice:  the 2006 Village Courts Act sought to combine features of traditional tribunals – Shalish – with the more formal judicial approach offered by the adversarial system inherited from colonialism.

But how successful have the village courts been? Fieldwork I carried out in two Bangladeshi villages to survey popular perceptions of the new village courts suggest they have their own flaws and require further reform.

By
Mohammad Tarikul Islam
19 Oct, 2018

Rural dispute resolution in Bangladesh: How well are village courts working?

Bangladesh offers an interesting case in which informal rural dispute resolution has been institutionalised as an alternative route to justice:  the 2006 Village Courts Act sought to combine features of...

By
M Niaz Asadullah
Antonio Savoia
17 Oct, 2018

Why do some countries reduce poverty faster than others?

'Can poverty be eradicated?' is the biggest question for development. Progress in poverty reduction was a central success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): estimates suggest that as many as ...

By
Carlos Vargas-Silva
03 Oct, 2018

The new DPhil in Migration Studies

The University of Oxford has recently announced the launch of a new DPhil in Migration Studies. Based at ODID and the School of Anthropology and Museum...

By
M Niaz Asadullah
Antonio Savoia
20 Sep, 2018

From MDGs to SDGs: where next for Bangladesh?

Would you say that a country was likely to reach any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if it is affected by adverse geographical conditions, has a state apparatus perceived as chronically corrupt,...

By
13 Aug, 2018

The impact of cohort studies

Young Lives has just published ten updated case studies, each of which demonstrates how the study has resulted in significant positive...

By
Xiaolan Fu
19 Jul, 2018

A new approach to measuring global trade

As the world moves towards a new trade war, with the imposition of US tariffs on goods from the EU, China, Canada and Mexico, having reliable international trade statistics is more important than ever.

By
Frances Stewart
Emma Samman
16 Jul, 2018

Advancing human development: theory and practice

'Human development is a process of enlarging people’s choices. The most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living. Additional choices include...

By
Corneliu Bjola
10 Jul, 2018

Conceptions and misconceptions of digital diplomacy

In the introductory chapter to the edited volume on ...

By
Marta Favara
Alan Sanchez
22 Jun, 2018

No longer children: on growing up and the changing world of work

Over the past 15 years, Young Lives has followed the lives of two cohorts of children through childhood, adolescence, and into young adulthood. The information gathered in the last round of data collection...

By
Adeel Malik
Ferdinand Eibl
14 Jun, 2018

The politics of trade protection: evidence from Mubarak’s Egypt

Selective trade liberalisation has been a pervasive feature of economic reforms supported by multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. As many developing...

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