A range of issues on governance, participation, and accountability, including: citizenship, planning, economic investment, rights, and environmental impact.

In Indian cities many people live in marginal areas, with insecure housing, and inadequate provision of most public services, such as water and sanitation, electricity, garbage collection and policing.

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How has state building-oriented research sponsored by DFID influenced and interacted with UK governmental policies targeting fragile, post-conflict environments? Field research was conducted in three country case studies: Afghanistan, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

Tackling increasing resource scarcity is one of the major challenges to policy-makers in developing countries. An important aspect of resource scarcity involves public goods. Lack of public goods, like health and education, can significantly reduce the welfare of individuals and households and often this affects the poorest the most. In India, these issues are amplified by the existence of a long-standing social structure based around caste and religion.

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Focusing on the ‘food crisis’ since 2007, this research examines right-to-food movements and riots over food prices in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Mozambique and addresses the question, How can governments be made more accountable for ensuring access to food?

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