Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team News - October 2012
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The technocratisation of poverty analysis and policy
One of the biggest sources of failure for international development policy in the 20th century has been the technocratisation of poverty analysis and policy. The reduction of poor men, women and children to sets of numbers to be moved above or below a line allows politicians, policy makers and analysts alike to dehumanise poverty.
So let’s make the technical more political – time for a Sure Start on global child nutrition?
I’ve just returned from an event IDS hosted at the UK’s Labour Party conference in Manchester. At our roundtable, we asked Labour MPs, MEPs, NGOs and the corporate sector how we can put an end to global undernutrition by 2020 and discussed the UK’s role in ensuring that tackling undernutrition remains a global priority.
What if there were 5 clusters of quite different developing countries?
Many have challenged the use of income per capita as the primary proxy for development. Of course, in addition to low and middle income countries there are many classifications – notably those by Human Development and the Least Developed Countries classifications and the new pioneering work of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Institute.
Households in Conflict Network Working Paper 122
Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India
India stands on the threshold of potentially the largest step toward food justice the world has ever seen, as the National Food Security Bill works its way through parliament with a view to being passed during its current term period, covering about 70 per cent of households. This special IDS Bulletin, co-constructed with Oxfam India, brings together the views and opinions of some of India's leading practitioner-thinkers to infuse debates such as; how to ensure the marginalised are not excluded from nutrition programmes and that their land and mineral rights are protected?
Young People and Agriculture in Africa
IDS Bulletin 43.6
Despite increased commitment to evidence-based policy in African agriculture, the profile of certain 'problems', and the imperative to address them quickly through policy and programmes, becomes separated from evidence and understanding. When this happens, policy advocates, policymakers and development planners rely heavily on 'common knowledge', anecdote and narrative to develop and argue policy alternatives. This is unlikely to result in good policy and development outcomes, particularly when the problems being addressed are associated with complexities such as poverty, livelihoods, agrarian transitions, social justice or sustainability. It is important to ask how common policy responses articulate with ongoing economic, social and political transitions, and with young people's own imperatives, aspirations, strategies and activities.
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