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Sara Bennett

Investing in health is not cheap, but it is not a luxury either

By Sara Bennett, Edward Kelley
25 May 2016
From Ebola to obesity, all countries need a healthcare system that is resilient to crises and responsive to people’s changing needs argue Sara Bennett and Edward Kelley

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Graduation – how to do it responsibly

By Stephen Devereux, Keetie Roelen, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler
24 May 2016
Despite some evidence of success in terms of ‘graduating’ individuals out of poverty through graduation programmes, not all the attention has been positive. Keetie Roelen, Stephen Devereux and Rachel Sabates-Wheeler argue the need for 'responsible graduation'.

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Needs of the poorest must be central to tackling antibiotic resistance

24 May 2016
Launched last week is a major report on tackling AMR. Gerry Bloom and Annie Wilkinson fully support its call for world leaders to build a global coalition for action but urge them to make the poorest communities central to the solution.

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Public-private partnerships – are we missing the point?

By Jodie Thorpe
23 May 2016
Whether you like them or dislike them, public-private partnerships (PPPs)...have become a pervasive aspect of development programming. But we really understand PPPs in the development sector and what it takes to make them work?

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Why we need to reveal the hidden connections at the heart of cities

By Fiona Marshall
23 May 2016
Urban areas are intense meeting points of people and cultures, but they're also places where more or less visible interactions happen: between the infrastructures and systems of water, energy, food and other resources.

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Putting children at the centre of social protection in Nepal

By Keetie Roelen, Helen Karki Chettri
23 May 2016
The Centre for Social Protection and Save the Children have launched a report highlighting the need to address challenges in improving support and care for children in Nepal, following significant efforts by the government to tackle child poverty.

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The Wicked Foundations of the Anthropocene

23 May 2016
The Anthropocene describes how human society has now become the dominant force on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. We have an unprecedented ability to control the world around us, yet we are using this power to destroy the preconditions for our own existence, and we seem strangely unable to do anything about it.

Small towns and economic development: lessons from Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
23 May 2016
At Independence in 1980, the new government set about investing in new infrastructure aimed at redressing the imbalances of the colonial past, as described by K.H. Wekwete. This included a focus on small urban centres.

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Needs of the poorest must be central to tackling antibiotic resistance

By Gerry Bloom, Annie Wilkinson
20 May 2016
Gerry Bloom and Annie Wilkinson support the call for global action to address antibiotic resistance by a report launched this week. Yet, they urge world leaders at the WHA and G7 to consider the needs of the poorest as central to a solution.

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Ebola initiatives shortlisted for ESRC Impact Prize

20 May 2016
The Ebola Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP) and the related Ebola: lessons for development initiatives have been shortlisted for the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Outstanding International Impact Prize.

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Applying learning theories to online learning

28 Apr 2016
Jimma University (JU) recently offered the T3 intervention, one of a series of interventions designed to build the capacity of universities in Sub-Saharan Africa. T3 is a practical course focusing on how learning theories can be applied to an online learning environment.

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Applying lessons from the MDGs to the SDGs in Nepal

By Jimmy Lama
27 Apr 2016
To celebrate IDS’s 50th anniversary this year, Nepal’s IDS Alumni Ambassador Jimmy Lama reports on the panel discussion exploring how Nepal can effectively respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Argentina's debt: the vultures won the battle but might lose the war

By Carlos Fortin
26 Apr 2016
Argentina's fifteen-year battle over debts to so-called “vulture funds” has finally come to an end. It began when four hedge funds refused to accept a debt restructuring proposal agreed by 93% of creditors. What can be done to put an end to such funds?

How can your organisation be more gender equal?

By Priliantina Bebasari, Becca Williams
26 Apr 2016
IDS MA Gender and Development students Becca Williams and Prili Bebasari, reflect on the Sussex Development Lecture, Organisational Transformation with a Feminist Lens, on research that can change how organisations address issues of gender.

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Why we need to discuss gender issues in development institutions

By Priliantina Bebasari
26 Apr 2016
MA Gender & Development student Priliantina Bebasari, gives her personal reflection on why events like “Gender Takeover” are important at development institutions like IDS.

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New DFID guide on research uptake: 7 things to love and 7 to worry about

By James Georgalakis
26 Apr 2016
The research uptake guide for DFID-funded research programmes has been updated. Amidst the controversy over the anti-advocacy clause and ongoing debate around how to strengthen evidence based development policy and programming, I wanted to share what I like about the new guide and what concerns me.

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Rapid Action Learning Units: adaptation for Swachh Bharat Mission

26 Apr 2016
On a recent visit to a village in central India, we felt as if we had travelled back in time to the days of the Total Sanitation Campaign, when toilets were built as a tick-box exercise. Over a 100 concrete stalls with latrine pans had been built in the settlement.

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The role of Kenya’s devolution process in implementing the SDGs

By Collins Aseka
25 Apr 2016
IDS Alumni Ambassador Collins Aseka reports back from the IDS 50th anniversary event in Kenya, discussing the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The political ecology of land and disease in the Zambezi valley

By Ian Scoones
25 Apr 2016
In addition to migration discussed in last week's blog, the changing politics of land use in the Zambezi valley is another dimension that has affected the incidence of trypanosomiasis over time.

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Careful what you assume about financial inclusion

By Philip Mader
22 Apr 2016
In this blog, Phil Mader examines and questions three core assumptions in the push for ”global”, “universal”, or “full” financial inclusion and whether or how they might shape the effects it has on people’s lives.

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