BSG Alumni

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Zapad-2013. Source: President of Russia.

Russia and ‘Zapad-2017’: show of force or ground for another offensive?

Russia is preparing to hold a quadrennial military exercise called ‘Zapad’ (which translates as the West) between September 14th and 20th on the territory of Western Russia, Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus. Current tensions with the West add up to the salience of the upcoming drills, which according to NATO […]

by × 13 September 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Schoolchildren in India. Image: Pxhere.

Equal rights and equal rise: discussing education reform

Prior to studying for the Masters of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, I worked as a legal aid advocate in the State of Bihar (India). For roughly two years, my job involved defending financially weak individuals accused of committing crimes, in the courts of the poorest state […]

by × 04 September 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

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Can the West compete with the Asian dragon in the African infrastructure space?

In the recent “Dance of the Lions and Dragons” report issued by McKinsey, the story of the infrastructure gap is raised: whilst Africa’s spending on infrastructure has fuelled an infrastructure building boom supported largely by government debt, it still falls short of the $150 billion dollars per annum required. To […]

by × 02 August 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

A Chinese soul and a global mind For people around the world, 1st June is International Children’s Day. For me, it has another meaning. 1st June, 2017 marks the 108th Anniversary of my undergraduate alma mater, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), a university whose predecessor was founded and […]

by × 06 June 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Leadership is everyone’s act of citizenship

On 24 June 2016, I devised a game I have been playing ever since. Virtually every time I meet a group of people to talk things like change and leadership, the future of work and politics, the future of Europe or democracy, I ask: “If you are under 35, please […]

by × 28 April 2017 ×