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An ebbing tide? Keeping democracy in Latin America

By Andrés Mejía Acosta
01 Mar 2017
Positive developments in world politics are difficult to see when headlines are crowded with disparaging stories of populist leaders, attacks on the media and xenophobic sentiments. But Ecuador has turned heads with the outcome of its presidential election.
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India's Rural Sanitation: From lose-lose to win-win

By Robert Chambers
27 Feb 2017
Prime Minister Modi has set the 2nd October 2019 as the target date for rural India to be Open Defecation Free (ODF). Remarkable progress has been achieved, but there is a very long way still to go.  One major problem is partial usage of toilets. 

Beyond the crises: debating Zimbabwe’s future

By Ian Scoones
27 Feb 2017
News from Zimbabwe is dominated by crisis: economic, political, social, environmental and more. But what lies beyond? It is good news that people are thinking about this.

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Can mobile phones change behaviour when it comes to nutrition?

By Inka Barnett
24 Feb 2017
Despite the enthusiasm about the role of mobile phones, to date there have been no rigorous evaluations of mobile services.To address this gap in the evidence, a consortium of researchers have just started an evaluation to assess the impact of m-Nutrition.

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Planning for the future is vital but ‘Uber-isation’ is happening now

By Abigail Hunt
23 Feb 2017
Next month sees the inaugural Digital Development Summit, and following last week's post on why the future of work in a digital age matters for development actors, here is the next in the series, by ODI's Abigail Hunt.

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Ripping aside the Global Gag and speaking out on reproductive justice

By Stephen Wood
22 Feb 2017
IDS’s Stephen Wood outlines the impacts of Trump’s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule and a welcome initiative from the Netherlands

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“Stronger together” – challenging rights abuses in Kenya

By Karen Brock
20 Feb 2017
On World Social Justice Day, Karen Brock reflects on how a partnership between researchers working on citizen engagement and a Kenyan urban grassroots movement offers insights into applied research supported citizen-led change in defence of human rights.

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The future of medium-scale commercial farms in Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
20 Feb 2017
Important changes are afoot in the size structure of farms in Africa. The rise of 'medium-scale' farms is often pointed to.

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Highlights from our course Designing Effective Ways to Evaluate Impact

17 Feb 2017
Rachel Eager offers 3 highlights from our recent short course on impact evaluation.

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Why development should care about the future of work in a digital era

By Becky Faith, Ben Ramalingam
17 Feb 2017
IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future of work in a digital age matters for development actors, and what we need to be thinking and doing differently.

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Can we boost livelihoods and nutrition for the poor in Bangladesh?

By Nicholas Nisbett, Ferdous Jahan
16 Feb 2017
Following a conference in Dhaka with BRAC and ICDDR,B on the boosters and constraints to delivery of large health and nutrition programmes, Tranform Nutrition asks how might we boost both livelihoods and nutrition for the extreme poor in Bangladesh?

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