BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Humanitarian assistance to displaced and host communities in Mopti, central Mali. Photo by EU Humanitarian

Unlocking potential: Emerging evidence to inform child health policy

When the stakes are millions of unnecessary child deaths, the universal wisdom to learn from failure is loaded with value and urgency. Everyday, governments around the world are implementing policy with varying degrees of success, and learning from the experience. Rarely are these internal experiences studied with scientific methodology, synthesized […]

by × 21 June 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister David Cameron campaign for Britain to stay in the EU.

Settling for second best

One important piece of economics has not been discussed enough in the Brexit debate: the Theory of Second Best Sixty years ago, a little paper somewhat revolutionised economics simply by explaining what seems like common sense: If your first best option is not available, the second best option might be […]

by × 08 June 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The Indian state and its counter-productive counter-terrorism

The Indian state and its counter-productive counter-terrorism

Earlier this week, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) special court discharged the eight accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case. In 2012, Mohammed Aamir Khan was acquitted in 18 cases of terrorism after being behind bars for 14 long years, charged with masterminding 20 bomb blasts in and […]

by × 06 May 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

General session of the COP21 for the adoption of the Paris Agreement. (Credit: Arnaud Bouissou MEDDE/SG COP21)

After Paris, it’s “all hands on deck” for climate finance

The December 2015 UN climate summit in Paris marked a historic step forward in international efforts to combat climate change, producing a new climate agreement that includes national commitments by 189 countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While these commitments will need to be fulfilled and then ratcheted up in […]

by × 12 February 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Manjit in post-flood cleanliness drive.

Post BSG destination: Full-time volunteering at home

So, I did it! It’s been over a year now, since I returned to my country from 10 Merton Street [the previous home of the Blavatnik School of Government], followed by an internship stint with the McKinsey Amsterdam office. Amidst all the things that kept my schedule super packed during […]

by × 12 January 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Muslim children in New York City supporting Park51. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Walking in fear as a Muslim

A 12-year-old girl is beaten at school in New York, is called “ISIS” and nearly has her hijab torn off by her classmates. A 16-year-old Somali American dies in a fall from a six-story building in Seattle that his family and the Muslim community in the city suspect was the […]

by × 14 December 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Overcoming failure; restoring dignity

Overcoming failure; restoring dignity

Establishing progress towards economic and social prosperity – not just political change – is essential for Arab Countries in transition If a single word can summarize everything the young Arab protestors were trying to express during the Arab Spring, the word would be Dignity. Living with dignity was the manifestation […]

by × 03 December 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Men praying at the Blue Mosque (or Shrine of Hazrat Ali) in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Will moderate Muslims please stand up?

Each time a terror attack carried out by Muslim militants wrecks a Western country, Muslims from across the world take to electronic and social media to condemn the horrific act, dissociate themselves from the perpetrators and defend Islam as a religion of peace. Despite these condemnations, moderate Muslims have neither […]

by × 23 November 2015 ×