Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urban informality, politics and power in Egypt

“The Egyptian military regime of Abd al-Fattah el-Sisi has announced as part of its Vision 2030 its intention to eliminate informal urban areas. The regime has identified these areas – … Continue reading

Sunday, 27 February 2022 · Leave a comment

Formalising and Informalising Labour in Vietnam

Originally posted on JCA:
Joe Buckley is an independent researcher, based in United Kingdom, with a recent SOAS PhD. His new article for JCA is “Formalising and Informalising Labour in…

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 · Leave a comment

Economic Corridors as Infrastructures of Extraction — Developing Economics

Economic Corridors Economic corridors are geographically targeted development initiatives currently under construction on nearly every continent of the planet. While hard infrastructure such as transportation links, power generation, ports, and … Continue reading

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 · Leave a comment

Planning for a world beyond COVID-19: Five pillars for post-neoliberal development

Our five priorities are not meant to be exhaustive, but aim to stimulate debate on the key levers needed to place communities, nations and indeed the globe on a different … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

De-Democratisation and the Rights of Street Vendors

For a large segment of the urban poor in Kampala, Uganda, street vending has long served as a key livelihood strategy in the absence of formal employment opportunities and a … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Is Singapore Truly Sustainable?: Greenwashing in the ‘City in a Garden — Urban Asia Blog

As ‘Asia’s Greenest City,’ Singapore has promoted itself as a leader in environmental sustainability, even exporting its expertise to other cities around the world. With lush greenery and advanced eco-friendly … Continue reading

Thursday, 10 December 2020 · Leave a comment

The corruption–growth relationship: does the political regime matter?

Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country. However, many East-and-Southeast-Asian countries either achieved or currently are achieving impressively rapid economic growth … Continue reading

Friday, 4 December 2020 · Leave a comment

COVID-19: Capitalist and postcapitalist perspectives

This opinion piece discusses key weaknesses of advanced capitalism exposed in the origin and economic repercussions of Covid-19 and, conversely, aspects of grassroots organising and speculation pointing in a postcapitalist … Continue reading

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 · Leave a comment

Tickling urban formality in Sweden — {FAVEL issues}

Sweden is a formal place and accordingly its cities are planned thoroughly by experts. It now and then this top-down planning is tickled. Here are two of my favourite anecdotes … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 November 2020 · Leave a comment