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Land expropriation without compensation in South Africa – a polarising debate

By Stephen Devereux
15 Aug 2018
Public hearings in South Africa on whether it is necessary to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation (LEWC) came to Cape Town last week. Academic and legal opinion largely concurs that the answer is no.

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Pakistan's elections flawed, but poor rural voters are taking control

By Shandana Khan Mohmand
14 Aug 2018
Despite being dogged by allegations of electoral engineering and vote-rigging, this year’s hotly contested general election in Pakistan should be – cautiously – celebrated... Shandana Khan Mohmand explains why.

INDIA Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra

View over Mumbai from the World Trade Centre. In the foreground are luxury apartment buildings, facing on to Back Bay, with Colaba district at right and a slum occupied by Koli fishermen, who are the original inhabitants of the seven islands that became Mumbai, in the centre.

Credit: Mark Henley / Panos

Bringing transparency to state-business interactions for trade policy

By Amrita Saha
09 Aug 2018
IDS Post-Doctoral researcher Amrita Saha highlights findings from her research on the political economy of Indian trade policy, funded by the Commonwealth UK, and awarded the International Economic Research Award (IERA) 2017 by the Export-Import Bank of India.

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Opportunities for Participatory Approaches in Impact Investing Cycle

By Peter O'Flynn, Grace Lyn Higdon
08 Aug 2018
The third in a series of blogs by IDS researchers Peter O'Flynn and Grace Lyn Higdon on the benefits and practicalities of ensuring participation across the investment cycle.

Post-election round up: what next for Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
06 Aug 2018
A round up of useful links and readings following the Zimbabwe elections.

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Elections in tight civic space

By Naomi Hossain
06 Aug 2018
Commentary on democracy, development and the elections in Pakistan, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe.

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Recipes for success?

By Dominic Glover
06 Aug 2018
Agricultural research and extension should find different means to engage with different ‘users’, in ways that are sensitive and attuned to the capabilities of individual farmers and communities. Dom Glover looks for the recipes for success in this blog post.

KENYA Nakuru. Houses burn as electricity wires spark and shortcut after clashes between the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities in the residential area of Nakuru. Ethnic violence sparked last December following protests against disputed election results, after suspected vote rigging by Kikuyu President Mwai Kibaki.

Credit: Sven Torfinn / Panos

Using digital media for real-time violence monitoring and response

By Roudebeh Kishi, Patricia Justino, Gauthier Marchais
01 Aug 2018
New research highlights the potential opportunities, and practical limitations, of using digital technology to promote peace, monitor violence, and support early warning and crisis response.
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A kid from Dharavi slum walking along the top of a wall protected by barbed wire, with one of the towers of the World Trade Centre behind.

Credit: Mark Henley / Panos

Sustainable cities depend on collective responsibility and action

By Charles Ebikeme, Sue Parnell, Jaideep Gupte
30 Jul 2018
Following on from the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018, IDS researchers and partners reflect on how we can build future cities what will be sustainable, disaster resilient and inclusive.

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Zimbabwe election round-up

By Ian Scoones
30 Jul 2018
It’s election day in Zimbabwe today. So instead of a normal Zimbabweland offering, Ian Scoones points to some of the more substantive pieces he's enjoyed reading in the election run up (even if he didn’t agree with them all).

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Empowerment and accountability in messy places - what are we learning?

By Duncan Green
27 Jul 2018
Duncan Green shares insights and reflections on empowerment and accountability in messy places (fragile, violent or conflict-affected settings), following 2-day workshop organised by the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) research programme

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New journal on 'nature and space' launched

By Nathan Oxley
26 Jul 2018
The links between the environment and justice, past and present, are highlighted in a new article, ‘The antinomies of nature and space’, co-authored by IDS research fellow Lyla Mehta.

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Pakistan’s Election could see the end of its democratic transition

By Shandana Khan Mohmand
20 Jul 2018
On 25 July, voters in Pakistan will go to the polls to elect members of the national and provincial assemblies. Paradoxically, it may very well herald the end of the country's most recent democratic transition.

Drastic effects of climate change in the Sunderbans - Mr. Rohan Chakravarty from India

Local perspectives for local lmplementation of the Sendai Framework

By Mihir Bhatt, Vishal Pathak
20 Jul 2018
A southasiadisasters.net special issue has launched at the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction entitled “Understanding Uncertainty: Views from Kachchh, Mumbai, and Sundarbans”.

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A Day in the Life of an Academic Publishing Manager

By Alison Norwood
19 Jul 2018
IDS’ Publishing and Research Data Manager, Alison Norwood, shares the pace of academic publishing and reflects on how being nimble and adaptable to change can benefit both authors and readers alike.

This is the cover for Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

Freedom farming: continuities with land occupations in Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
16 Jul 2018
Ian Scoones reviews a new publication on the continuity of land invasions, and resistance to land capture through 'freedom farming'.

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How can the Sustainable Development Goals be transformative?

By Nathan Oxley
12 Jul 2018
Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals is being discussed by ministers at the High-Level Political Forum in New York. The SDGs aim to provoke deep and radical change, but how can they be really transformative?

Will fresh voices lead to better choices to help end AIDS?

By Christine Stegling
10 Jul 2018
Ahead of the IDS Annual Lecture with Professor Peter Piot, we hear from Christine Stegling, Executive Director of the International HIV/Aids Alliance on the need for honest discussions about what is and isn’t working to help end AIDS.

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