BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Tattoo artist. Source: Pixabay.

There’s a world beyond your profession. Unlock it.

It was during my second week working as a medical doctor that I attended to a man in his fifties who took an unsuspecting action that could have cost his life. He was annoyed with a tattoo on his forearm that he had acquired in his twenties. Conveniently, a tattoo […]

by × 16 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Head offices. Source: Wikimedia

The journey from Oxford to Rio 2016’s Opening Ceremony

During my time in the MPP, a senior civil servant delivered a lecture about his experience organising the London 2012 Olympic Games. I had not fully understood the scale of the Olympic Games before that lecture, nor had I thought about the vast amount of planning and infrastructure that goes into […]

by × 05 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image from the Remain and Leave campaign boat protests on the Thames, 15 June 2016

Democracy in a post-Brexit world

Britain has voted to leave the EU. The consequences could range from eventual breakdown of the UK to decades spent in economic recovery. It seems hard to believe that British people voted in favour of a position that makes little economic or political sense.

by × 11 July 2016 ×

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 ×