Great Expectations: Aspiration, Uncertainty, and Schooling in Rural Rwanda

By Timothy Williams

The capacity to aspire

The capacity to aspire

Since the 1994 genocide, recovery and redevelopment efforts in Rwanda have concentrated on establishing a new economic trajectory — one that places emphasis on macroeconomic stability, wealth creation, and transformation to a formally educated, knowledge-based economy. Central to this approach have been efforts to expand access to basic levels of schooling for young people. Continue reading

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Addressing 21st century social challenges: Building bridges between ‘development studies’ and ‘social policy’

By Rana Jawad

The coming together of social policy and development studies as academic subjects at a recent conference held by the Development Studies Association and the Social Policy Association (University of Bath, 26-27 April) seemed like a very “natural” occurrence.  Continue reading

The neoliberal harvest: Routine economic fraud in the Global North

By Jörg Wiegratz

Are you tired of yet another revelation of fraud in the food industry or the banks? Are you paying less attention to those stories? Are you getting numb, thinking more and more ‘that’s just how the system works’? If so, congratulations! You’re learning to lower your expectations to meet the new normal: pervasive, institutional economic fraud. This used to be the sort of thing you read about in income-poor countries in Africa and South America. Continue reading