Top Summer reading recommendations

12 July 2018

For student’s looking to start their postgraduate degree in international development and for anyone with an interest in development studies, we have put together a selection of recently published titles that reflect a wide range of themes.

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Books

Taxing in Africa: Coercion reform and development
Written by leading international experts, Taxing Africa offers a cutting-edge analysis on all aspects of the continent’s tax regime, displaying the crucial role such arrangements have on attempts to create social justice and push economic advancement. From tax evasion by multinational corporations and African elites to how ordinary people navigate complex webs of ‘informal’ local taxation, the book examines the potential for reform, and how space might be created for enabling locally-led strategies.

Innovations for Urban Sanitation: Adapting Community-led Approaches
This book has been developed in response to calls from practitioners for practical guidance on how to mobilize communities and improve different parts of the sanitation chain in urban areas. Urban Community-Led Total Sanitation is potentially an important piece of a bigger puzzle. It offers a set of approaches, tools and tactics for practitioners to move towards safely managed sanitation services. The book provides examples of towns and cities in Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia which have used these approaches.

Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance
This book uses a series of case studies to examine the roles played by universities during situations of conflict, peacebuilding and resistance.

IDS Bulletin

Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage
This issue of the IDS Bulletin is based around three principal themes that emerged from the workshop as needing particular attention. First, the nature of accountability politics ‘in time’ and the cyclical aspects of efforts towards accountability for health equity. Second, the contested politics of ‘naming’ and measuring accountability, and the intersecting dimensions of marginalisation and exclusion that are missing from current debates. Third, the shifting nature of power in global health and new configurations of health actors, social contracts, and the role of technology.

Inclusive Peace and Security
This IDS Bulletin Archive Collection reviews four decades of analysis and research on peace, security, and development, drawing on articles published in previous issues of the Bulletin throughout this timeframe.

IDS Reports

Representation and Inclusion in School Councils in Mozambique
IDS Research Report 84
This study was conducted as part of the Citizen Engagement Programme (Programa Cidadania e Participação (CEP)) in Mozambique – an empowerment and social accountability initiative to improve the quality of education and health services by increasing citizens’ influence on the management of schools and health units, the formulation of education and health policies, and the provision of education and health services.

IDS Briefings

The Modern Slavery Trap: Bonded Labour
International enterprises, sex work, organised crime groups, and exploitative recruitment agencies have dominated the discussion on modern slavery in recent years. However, while this work is important, it is just the tip of the iceberg.

Mutual Learning for Universal Health Coverage
Accelerating progress towards the goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 is an essential component of equitable, sustainable and resilient development. 60 per cent of all deaths are caused by chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, which disproportionately affect poor and marginalised communities with limited access to vital health services.

Improving the Wellbeing of Syrian Refugees in Urban Jordan

While 20 per cent of Syrian refugees in Jordan reside in camps, the majority live elsewhere including in urban areas. Syrian refugees are experiencing high levels of insecurity, often due to challenges with legal status documentation.

Urban Refugees in Lebanon: Housing, Residency, and Wellbeing

Lebanon hosts over a million Syrian refugees in addition to other displaced groups. These refugees have gravitated to urban centres, putting significant pressure on local infrastructure and services.

Other resources

  • IDS Bulletin: A fully open access archive with over 2,600 aricles spanning 50 years of development research.
  • OpenDocs: IDS' e-repository of development publications and peer-reviewed research.
  • Eldis: Sharing the best for development research for policy and practice.