Microfinance in Myanmar

Thanks to the generosity of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust and the Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant, I had the unique opportunity to visit Myanmar for a week, where I led a team of undergraduate and graduate students from Oxford as part of the Oxford Microfinance Initiative (OMI).

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About the Scholar

Payaswini Tailor

India
Politics: Political Theory (MPhil), 2017
St Cross College, Oxford
Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar
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Ditchley Conference – Digital Disappointment

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a conference at the Ditchley Foundation centered on the question- “Will we still have one global internet in 2025?” The conference dealt with a myriad of topics ranging from the governance of the internet to the impact the Internet of Things will have on parliamentary politics. Over the next few weeks I will address several of these issues beginning with the term “digital disappointment”.

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About the Scholar

Ilan Manor

Israel
International Development (DPhil), 2018
St Cross College, Oxford
Hoffmann Scholar
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My experience with Indian-origin British Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament

In recognition of his work with Dehradun-based social activist network, Making a Difference by Being the Difference (MAD), Louis Dreyfus WHT Scholar Abhijay Negi was invited to the Houses of Parliament to meet with British politicians of Indian origin to discuss their contributions to society. He shares his experiences below.

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Abhijay Negi

India
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), 2017
Mansfield College, Oxford
Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar
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Visit to the Louis Dreyfus Foundation Project in Mukteshwar

As a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann scholar, I had the unique opportunity to visit Mukteshwar, a small town nestled in the hills of Uttarakhand, in Northern India. This, along with the surrounding villages, is the site for a collaboration between the Louis Dreyfus Foundation (LDF) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The project aims to bring together the twin aims of sustainable agriculture and food security by reviving traditional food crops which had be jettisoned for cash crops. The region has its own specific difficulties, by virtue of harsh geographical terrain and extreme weather conditions. In an area where all productivity comes to a standstill during the 4 months of winter, securing food supply and providing means of economic sustainability are the prime motives. A testament to the various difficulties faced by the farming community in India as well as the rest of the developing world, Mukteshwar presents a set of opportunities as well as challenges.

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Payaswini Tailor

India
Politics: Political Theory (MPhil), 2017
St Cross College, Oxford
Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar
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