How land reform is transforming a small town in southern ZimbabweBy Ian Scoones
24 Oct 2016
Maphisa in Matobo district in Matabeleland has transformed from its early days as a TILCOR (Tribal Trust Land Development Corporation) growth point linked to the nearby Antelope farm estate.
Monitoring and evaluation – moving beyond the data graveyard21 Oct 2016
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has long been considered a necessary companion to WASH interventions but the relationship between 'doing' and 'observing' continues to be a tricky one.
Enhancing collaborative behaviours to achieve the SDGs20 Oct 2016
In achieving the SDGs, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) has taken the lead in developing some key collaborative behaviour that if adopted by governments and WASH sectors stakeholders could help progress. What could everyone do in increasing chances of villages attaining ODF faster and sustaining ODF?
The politics of reform in ZimbabweBy Ian Scoones
17 Oct 2016
Last month two major reports came out on economic and political reform in Zimbabwe. The first from Chatham House, looking at economic reform, and the second, from the Institute for Security Studies, on similar themes, but focusing on the political challenges.
Farming in the UK: can we nourish ourselves from this land?By Elise Wach
14 Oct 2016
The recent dispute over food prices between the UK's largest supermarket chain, Tesco, and the UK's biggest food and grocery manufacturer, Unilever shines a light on a deeper problem in the global food system: our reliance on food that is grown elsewhere.
What does the future hold for Delhi’s urban farmers?14 Oct 2016
A new digital story and photo book explore the dilemmas facing farmers at the edge of India's megacities.
Which way’s up? A closer look at the sanitation ladder14 Oct 2016
Now that the first year of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is almost over, it's no surprise that a lot of the conversation at the UNC Water and Health Conference this week has centred on how WASH-related targets will be met and monitored.
The ugly truth about Bangladesh’s successful attack on povertyBy Naomi Hossain
14 Oct 2016
On International Eradication of Poverty Day, when the great and the good are celebrating Bangladesh’s success, Naomi Hossain considers the real reasons behind Bangladesh’s unexpected success.
The New Urban Agenda and its 47 inclusionsBy Gordon McGranahan
13 Oct 2016
Inclusion can be a powerful term, particularly when applied to cities and urbanisation. But has it lost its 'bite' in global development?
Learning from Nepal13 Oct 2016
Published in November, new book Aid, Technology and Development: The Lessons from Nepal is co-edited by Dipak Gyawali, who has had long-term links with the STEPS Centre and is a member of the STEPS Advisory Committee.
CLTS in the Solomon Islands – the word is spreading…29 Sep 2016
The Solomon Islands has a reputation for being laid back and the smiling, barefooted airlines hostess that greets me at the grassy strip formerly known as Fera Airport, in Isabel Province, portrays this in typical fashion.
Will white farmers in Zambia feed Zimbabwe?By Ian Scoones
26 Sep 2016
The El Niño drought has hit southern Africa hard. Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and seven provinces in South Africa have announced emergencies. Coming on the back of a bad season last year, the food situation across the region is dire.
Matasa Fellows bring New Thinking to Youth Employment ChallengesBy Samir Khan
23 Sep 2016
Samir Khan from the Mastercard Foundation reflects on the first meeting of the Matasa Fellows Network and it's ultimate goal to make a contribution to policy discussions about youth employment within countries and across Africa.
Goodbye Bake Off - hello international programmes for everyoneBy James Georgalakis
22 Sep 2016
Even if you are still reeling over the Great British Bake Off going to Channel 4 at least you can be proud of the BBC’s commitment to international programming
Pedagogy before technology?21 Sep 2016
To implement online learning, we need a technology platform. However, without the knowledge of pedagogy, implementing e-learning is like being on a ship on the ocean without a captain.
Fostering competencies in interactive online learning21 Sep 2016
About 7 faculty members from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), attended a 2 day workshop on teaching and learning assessment at Strathmore University in July.
Why we must act now on inequalitiesBy Melissa Leach
21 Sep 2016
After decades of neglect, inequality has risen to the top of public and policy agendas. To address it we urgently need a new approach that is much more interdisciplinary, pluralistic in its methods, multi-scaled and globally inclusive than we see today.
Agricultural revolutions then and now21 Sep 2016
Michael Loevinsohn blogs about the challenges facing small pig farmers in Myanmar as they meet the pressures of a growing urban population.
Greater collaboration on open data critical to end world hungerBy Kelly Shephard
19 Sep 2016
IDS's Kelly Shephard reports back from the GODAN 2016 Summit.
Food security in Zimbabwe: why a more sophisticated response is neededBy Ian Scoones
19 Sep 2016
The food security situation in Zimbabwe is serious. El Niño has struck hard and production levels this past season were well down. The UN estimates that in Zimbabwe alone 4.1 million people will be in need of support before the next season.
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