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The African Country More Urban Than Germany, but Abysmally Poor

12 Feb 2018
Gordon McGranahan, a Research Fellow at IDS quoted as saying "a dependence on agriculture keeps much of the population dispersed across the arable landscape," in this news story.

Greetings From Cape Town, City of Drought and Division

08 Feb 2018
Blog by Stephen Devereux re-published on

Education sector awaits outcome of GPE funding conference

06 Feb 2018
Written by IDS alum, Sophie Edwards, who is now a journalist at Devex

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Press Releases

IDS response to Labour policy paper ‘A World for the Many, Not the Few’,

26 Mar 2018
Statement from IDS Director, Melissa Leach, in response to the new UK Labour Party policy paper.

Research sheds light on question of child marriage always being wrong

19 Mar 2018
Legislating 18 as a minimum age for marriage ignores the reality of why many young girls marry. Ahead of the 62nd Commission for the Status of Women (CSW62) meeting in New York, research from a leading UK university indicates that marriage practices, conditions of poverty and limited prospects need to be addressed by NGOs, governments and international agencies if women’s futures are to improve.

Interdisciplinary and community-engaged research essential to solve complex global challenges

15 Feb 2018
Leading UK anthropologist and social/interdisciplinary scientist Professor Melissa Leach will present at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), February 15 – 19, 2018.