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.

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.

Miguel Loureiro photo

Informal social protection vital for Pakistan post-earthquake recovery

By Miguel Loureiro
23 Sep 2015
As part of our 2005 Pakistan earthquake 10th anniversary blog series, Miguel Loureiro explains how informal social protection, accessed or provided by social networks (family, kinship groups, etc) proved an essential part of people's post-earthquake recovery.

Taken by Adam Cohn
Nyabugogo Bus Station

In the Nyabugogo area of Kigali, the bus station also acts as a trading post, facilitating commerce between folks on the move.

Unlocking the trade and growth potential of Africa’s services sector

By Sarah King, Taffere Tesfachew
22 Sep 2015
We're all familiar with the Africa rising story and the Economist's description of the continent as the "new global powerhouse". Africa is indeed rising economically but a bit presumptuous to refer to the continent as a global powerhouse.

Barefoot Child in Cambodia used for Ippei Tsuruga blog entry - Photo taken by Ippei

Ending Chronic Poverty by 2030: What is Required for Implementation?

By Ippei Tsuruga, Sarah King
11 Sep 2015
Do we ‘still’ have 15 years to 2030? No. We have ‘only’ 15 years. In order to eliminate extreme poverty, we need to take immediate actions to tackle chronic poverty. What are the potential challenges? How can they be overcome?

Alumni reception in Malawi 2015

Warm welcome from Malawi for IDS Alumni

By Anna Shepherd
10 Jul 2015
Malawi is known as the ‘Warm heart of Africa’ and certainly warmth was what everyone who attended our most recent IDS Alumni and Supporters Reception in Lilongwe, experienced.

Photo of Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones - Economist

New finance minister signals Tsipras’ willingness to reach compromise

By Stephany Griffith-Jones
07 Jul 2015
Emeritus Fellow Stephany Griffith-Jones shares her memories and personal opinion on the recent appointment of IDS alumnus, Euclid Tsakalotos as the new Finance Minister for Greece.

IDS in the news

A Nigerian in Brighton: my postgrad experience at Sussex University

06 Jul 2015
IDS Alumnus Patience Modupe Bamidele is interviewed by The Guardian about her time at IDS.

Fang Jing Alumni Ambassador China

Building global partnerships - a view from Beijing

By Fang Jing
13 May 2015
Studying at IDS and Sussex University broadened my vision and enabled me to see the world from interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives. I remember that at the beginning of my studies, I struggled to understand some of the terms, such as “accountability” and “governance”.