BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with distinguished guests while delivering his speech during the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex Compound in Cotabato City on January 18, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The changing actor dynamics in the Philippines’ Moro conflict

The passing of Bangsamoro organic law, better known by its previous name Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), last July presents a unique chance for peace in the southern Philippines as the government and two rival separatist groups agreed to work together. While the signing of BBL marked yet another historical breakthrough […]

by × 11 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

Accountability in the public sector: what data alone can’t do

Have you heard of that recent data-driven initiative that will revolutionise the way you think about your business systems, your shopping experiences, your home, or even your bodies? Most of you reading this probably have, and you will also know that the public sector is no stranger to this agenda. […]

by × 07 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Angela Merkel at World Economic Forum 2011. Source: Wikimedia.

The end of the Merkel era in Germany – what remains?

After the local election of the state of Hesse last October, Angela Merkel announced that she would step down as head of the conservative party (Christian Democratic Union, CDU), but remain Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany until 2021, thereby retiring step by step. With the recent election of […]

by × 11 December 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women in Pakistan waiting to vote, 2013. Image: DFID UK

Pakistan’s election: views from Blavatnik School students and alumni

On Wednesday 25 July, Pakistan held its general election which resulted in Imran Khan’s victory after a controversial political campaign. We have asked some of our Pakistani alumni for their thoughts about the election. Wasif Rehman is a current Master of Public Policy student (MPP 2017) and the recipient of […]

by × 03 August 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

New York's Central Station. Photo by author.

Design, not decay in government buildings

As a fresh faced civil servant on her first posting to Bangalore in 2003, it thrilled me to bits to read the motivational etching on the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru’s postcard monument that houses the State Legislature. It says in native Kannada first: Sarkarada kelasa Devara Kelasa and below it, the […]

by × 27 June 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The White House.

Infrastructure investments must include all Americans

The United States must increase infrastructure investments and improve infrastructure quality and efficiency in order to best serve its citizens. Ranked ninth out of 137 in infrastructure quality on the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, the U.S. may seem to be excelling in the area of infrastructure. […]

by × 12 June 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

The Blavatnik School of Government. Image: Hufton + Crow

A note on a dear mentor

Anna Stewart passed away on 6 October 2017. She was the CEO of UK engineering and construction giant Laing O’Rourke (who have led the construction of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government building), and less notably, served as my mentor at the School. When I first met Ms. Stewart, a quick-witted and proud […]

by × 24 May 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

On March 23, a U.S. representative raised concerns at the World Trade Organization, claiming that “China’s import restrictions on recycled commodities have caused a fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials.” His concern related to China’s decision in mid-2017 to impose a ban on the importation of 24 […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×