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BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

When we think of needy people, we usually think of the unemployed. Government systems—and our entire way of thinking—is focussed around joblessness as a marker for needing support. My recent Resolution Foundation research suggests the relationship between unemployment and needing help isn’t so clear cut. Most unemployed people don’t get benefits; while […]

by × 15 January 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings. An earthquake rocked Port au Prince on January 12, 2010. Photo: Marco Dormino. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Haiti earthquake anniversary: In crisis, cleverness is born

While President Donald Trump is dividing people with his comments, in the midst of natural crisis, here is what I, as an 18-year-old Haitian, was doing to help protect an American’s life during the 2010 Haiti’s earthquake, exactly 8 years ago today. “In crisis, cleverness is born” is a Chinese […]

by × 12 January 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Generic vs patented drugs: Could voluntary licenses be the answer?

Generic vs patented drugs: Could voluntary licenses be the answer?

It is not an overstatement to call India as the generic drug supplier of the world. A recent study indicated that India is the largest exporter of generics (by volume) in the world, accounting for 20% of global export volume. Low prices, strong scientific ability and high quality are the […]

by × 20 December 2017 ×

Health, welfare and well-being

Female condoms – a technology for women with low bargaining power?

Female condoms – a technology for women with low bargaining power?

Condoms are the only well-established technology that protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Yet in 2015 alone, an estimated 3.3 billion risky sex acts took place without condoms in Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to 910,000 new HIV infections (UNAIDS, 2016a). Women disproportionally bear the costs associated with risky sex: they are […]

by × 06 December 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

MPP students (photo by John Cairns)

Spotlight on the Oxford-style CV: Let your achievements shine

One of the most attractive features of our Master of Public Policy (MPP) is the diversity of our student body, in terms of cultural, academic and professional experience. Students selected should display a glowing academic record, an exceptional commitment to public service, and an ability to lead and make a […]

by × 23 November 2017 ×

Governance, cooperation and law

Subnational climate finance: filling the gap

Subnational climate finance: filling the gap

Cities, states, provinces, and other subnational governments are taking a leadership role in fighting climate change. But how will they pay for it?  New mechanisms are starting to fill the gap. Global investment in addressing climate change totalled $437 billion in 2015 and $383 billion in 2016. Despite these volumes, getting […]

by × 21 November 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

An unfinished school building in Ghana

Unfinished development projects in Ghana: Mechanising collective choice

Project non-completion, commonly attributed to corruption or clientelism, is in fact often caused by an inability to prioritise public expenditure Unfinished infrastructure projects are a common sight in many developing countries. Infrastructure is a high priority for governments, citizens, and donors alike, on account of its crucial role in achieving […]

by × 20 November 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here’s why

The crisis of contemporary democracy has become a major subject of political science in recent years. Despite this, the symptoms of this crisis – the vote for Brexit and Trump, among others – were not foreseen. Nor were the underlying causes of this new constellation of politics. Focusing on the […]

by × 13 November 2017 ×