Picturing accountability

What we learned from the photography of Rana Plaza

This is a collaboration with the brilliant photojournalist Ismail Ferdous in which we reflect on his experiences of photographing the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013. The piece explores the role of visual evidence in advancing claims to accountability.

Picture credit: Ismail Ferdous, 2013

New paper on the 10 Million Mothers program / the politics of social protection in Bangladesh

Primary School children of Bangladesh, 2017. Photo credit: Moajjem Hossain/Vespertunes. CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

As part of a larger reform of its social protection system, Bangladesh expanded coverage of its nearly 30 year old conditional cash transfer programme, so it now goes to all students at public primary schools. It is also sent by mobile money. This paper explores the political economy of these changes, looking at why the government of Bangladesh decided to cut out the political middleman and give cash directly to 10 million mothers on condition their kids showed up to school and passed exams. The research was conducted with the Development Research Initiative group, with support from the Effective States & Inclusive Development research programme at Manchester University. As always, feedback is very welcome.