Health, welfare and well-being

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, Health, welfare and well-being

Image: Oxford Circus, London. Source: Flickr.

Why walkable cities enjoy more freedom

If you happen to visit Egypt and find yourself in the famous Tahrir Square, you might be puzzled: how could this space accommodate two million protesters? In fact, the square looked different at the time of the Arab Spring, up until the new military government ringed its central part with an iron […]

by × 02 March 2018 ×

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 ×

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 ×

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 Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Demonstration against homophobia in Russia. Image: Flickr Creative Commons

Homophobic purges in Putinland

When someone refuses to sell you a pizza because you are gay, it is not fascism, it is bigotry. When they kidnap you because you are gay, hold you in a secret prison, torture you into giving up your friends’ names and then return you to your family saying “Either […]

by × 02 May 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Photo: Tim Evanson. Source: Wikimedia.

The true ‘unnatural crime’: abdicating the constitutional duty of judicial review

On January 31, 2017, the Home Office in the UK posthumously pardoned more than 50,000 gay and bisexual men, including the literary genius Oscar Wilde under the “Turing Law”. Although not without it critics, this is a powerful symbol of seeking to redress injustice committed against gay men and another […]

by × 09 March 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Informal fish markets of Soumbedioune. Image credit: Aïda Ndiaye.

Do informal workers’ lives matter?

In February 2008 in Dakar, Senegal, a pregnant fish trader, who remains unnamed, was fatally hit by a police car. The car was attempting to displace her and her fellow fish traders from selling on public roads near the national highway. The story of her death was casually reported in […]

by × 03 March 2017 ×