IDS Alumni blog

IDS alumni are located all over the world and after studying at IDS go on to a range of careers in development. This makes the Alumni Blog uniquely placed to represent opinions on development from a diverse range of experience and professions, all of whom have IDS in common. The posts on this blog reflect the opinions of each individual, and not necessarily those of IDS.


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Applying lessons from the MDGs to the SDGs in Nepal

By Jimmy Lama
27 Apr 2016
To celebrate IDS’s 50th anniversary this year, Nepal’s IDS Alumni Ambassador Jimmy Lama reports on the panel discussion exploring how Nepal can effectively respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Group shot of event attendees

The role of Kenya’s devolution process in implementing the SDGs

By Collins Aseka
25 Apr 2016
IDS Alumni Ambassador Collins Aseka reports back from the IDS 50th anniversary event in Kenya, discussing the Sustainable Development Goals.

This is the cover to the book 'Navigating Complexity in International Development: Facilitating sustainable change at scale.

Navigating Complexity: An Evening on Change and the Quest to Sustain It

By Megan Driscoll
11 Mar 2016
Students and fellows alike gathered to hear Danny Burns propose new models of responding to change and complexity.

Gathering in Washington with US alumni

Alumni Gather in Washington with IDS Leadership

By Felix Bivens, Susan Fleck, Sarah King
17 Feb 2016
IDS alumni, former staff members and research partners gathered at the Oxfam America offices in Washington, DC, on the night of January 28th to learn about and discuss the new IDS strategy.

Raising gender awareness - my journey since IDS

By Elena Olascoaga, Sarah King
15 Feb 2016
IDS Alumna Elena Olascoaga blogs about raising gender awareness and the projects she has led since leaving IDS.

Wadan Narsey new book on thesis

Publishing an IDS thesis - better late than never

By Wadan Narsey, Sarah King
08 Feb 2016
IDS Alumnus, Wadan Narsey, blogs about publishing his thesis, and his active involvement during the 30 years prior, working locally in Fiji on development issues.

Photo of Rhiannon McCluskey

Is responsible tax behaviour the next frontier of CSR?

By Rhiannon McCluskey
14 Dec 2015
In the past decades, the evolution of international norms has led fair labour practices and environmental sustainability to become core parts of corporate social responsibility. Is fair tax contribution next?

Over a Thousand Rural Women Contest Elections in Uttar Pradesh

By Ila Reddy, Sarah King
10 Dec 2015
The state of Uttar Pradesh is considered to represent 9% of the world’s poor, and like in most parts of India and the world, women are under-represented as voters, political leaders and elected representatives.

Photo Credit - IDS Alumnus Noburu Yoshida

IDS Alumni Welcome Professor Melissa Leach on her visit to Japan

By Noburu Yoshida
27 Nov 2015
Alumni from Japan welcomed IDS Director, Professor Melissa Leach, on her visit to Tokyo on the 19th November 2015, at an event jointly organised by IDS and Japanese alumni.

Alumnus Governance & Development 2013

Reflections on International Day of the Girl Child from Bangladesh

By Suralini Fernando
08 Oct 2015
Living and working in Bangladesh for the past eighteen months has offered me first-hand insight, on a professional and personal level, into some of the reasons why advocating for the rights of girls is necessary and worthwhile.