Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

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

Food safety and nutrition for low-income urbanites

Equitable access to healthy food is a critical challenge in urban Asia. Food safety governance promotes modern supermarkets over more traditional markets, but supermarkets are associated with unequal access to … Continue reading

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s in a Word? The Conceptual Politics of ‘Informal’ Street Trade in Dar es Salaam

Focussing on policies towards urban street trade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in this paper I illustrate how despite the widely acknowledged limits to its analytical usefulness, the contested and … Continue reading

Sunday, 7 July 2019 · Leave a comment

Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary

“Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” is a stimulating collection of over 100 essays on transformative alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, … Continue reading

Saturday, 29 June 2019 · Leave a comment

The State and the Origins of Informal Economic Activity

Understanding the root causes of informal economic activity is crucial for the effective governance of the informal sphere. Precisely what these root causes are, however, is subject to significant debate. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Inequalities in the twenty-first century

We need to step back and ask: how are different kinds of inequality related and which matter most? What are the underlying forces that come together to create them? And … Continue reading

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 · Leave a comment