Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The street market as animated space

“This ethnography of Chapel Market in Islington uncovers an animated space replete with its own actors, history, currents of activity, and interrelations with authorities and with government. There is a … Continue reading

Saturday, 5 October 2019 · Leave a comment

The corruption–growth relationship

Corruption is widely believed to negatively affect economic growth. However, many East and Southeast Asia countries either achieved or currently are achieving impressively rapid economic growth despite widespread corruption — … Continue reading

Monday, 30 September 2019 · Leave a comment

Assembling street vending

Current scholarship on street vending in cities of the global south have mainly focused on street vendors and their politics of resistance against the state’s revanchist and exclusionary policies. This … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 September 2019 · Leave a comment

Extending Pension Coverage to the Informal Sector in Africa

[World Bank report focused on Africa but their analysis is highly relevant to many Asian countries] The coverage of pension systems in the Africa region is limited to the small … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 September 2019 · Leave a comment

Interrogating informality

Informality is growing in a context of increasing inequity, and in many places becoming the norm. However, despite decades of studies and interventions, ‘recognising informality’ is still a key issue. … Continue reading

Thursday, 29 August 2019 · Leave a comment

What does it mean to be poor?

Motivated by the siloed nature of much poverty research, as well as the challenge of finding inclusive operational definitions of poverty, this study reflects on the merits of seeking to … Continue reading

Monday, 26 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Informality crusades

Informality crusades: why informal practices are stigmatized, fought and allowed in different contexts according to an apparently ununderstandable logic. This paper suggests that informality and informal practices are present and … Continue reading

Sunday, 25 August 2019 · Leave a comment

The effect of remittances on poverty reduction in Asia

This paper studies the effect of per capita remittances on poverty in 25 labour-sending countries of Asia between 1991 and 2015. The total remittance flows to this region has been … Continue reading

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Rethinking technological change in smallholder agriculture

The concept of technology adoption (along with its companions, diffusion and scaling) is commonly used to design development interventions, to frame impact evaluations and to inform decision-making about new investments in development-oriented agricultural research. However, … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 August 2019 · Leave a comment