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Mark Galloway

Can documentaries help us to tell a different story about development?

By Mark Galloway
24 Jun 2016
Mark Galloway, Director of the International Broadcasting Trust reflects on the seminar asking 'can documentaries help us tell a different story about development?'

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Brexit and the future of the UK’s international development agenda

By Melissa Leach
24 Jun 2016
Professor Melissa Leach reflects on the implications of the vote to leave the EU for international development and IDS

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Youth savings – it’s a family affair

By Justin Flynn , Jim Sumberg
22 Jun 2016
Justin Flynn and Jim Sumberg highlight the key points in their latest report, that the engagement with youth savings groups is influenced by family and social relations which should have important implications for their design and implementation.

Bangladesh solar training

5 challenges for sustainable development in Least Developed Countries

22 Jun 2016
2016 has been a big year for international agreements on development. New Sustainable Development Goals and targets were agreed. But will Least Developed Countries be able to navigate the demands of global agreements in a way that benefits their citizens?

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Is there still such a thing as a developing country?

By James Georgalakis
22 Jun 2016
The term ‘developing world’ may go the same way as ‘third world’ and end up being used almost exclusively by embarrassing relatives.

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Webinar on 22 June 2016: African Farmer game

21 Jun 2016
The African Farmer game will be presented at a webinar organised by CORE Group's Social and Behavior Change Working Group.Register online to attend this webinar. It will be held from 11am - 12pm Eastern Time on 22 June 2016.

How the SDGs can open up political space for transformative development

By Ian Scoones
20 Jun 2016
When the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed last September, there was much expectation about how they could help get sustainability back on the development agenda, and push the international community to develop new approaches to development.

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Africa’s structural challenges can’t be solved by “youth innovation”

By Jim Sumberg, Philip Mader, Justin Flynn
17 Jun 2016
Africa’s structural challenges can’t be solved by “youth innovation” The hope is that the next generation will solve Africa’s problems through innovation and entrepreneurship. This post explores the challenges of defining 'youth' as a homogeneous group.

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Makerspaces: Creating inclusive spaces for sustainable innovations

17 Jun 2016
Making stuff is all the rage these days. But how does sustainable development fit into this enthusiasm? The White House is celebrating a Week of Making to spark a "grassroots renaissance in American making and manufacturing".

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Painting a new picture of development

17 Jun 2016
Can the Sustainable Development Goals trigger a new approach to development in the world’s Least Developed Countries? On Monday, LDC experts from around the world gathered in London to discuss how the world’s poorest countries relate to the new global goals.

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

The Zambezi Valley Refrain: A Story of Empowerment

By Diana Conyers
30 May 2016
This week I want to share a blog written by Diana Conyers, a former colleague at IDS at Sussex, and someone who worked for many years in Zimbabwe. Her discussion of a new book - The Zambezi Valley Refrain: The Story of Basilwizi identifies some key ingredients for successful local development.

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The paradox of protest in LA

By Patricia Justino, Bruno Martorano
27 May 2016
There is a large and growing consensus that global protests during the recent economic crisis were driven by rising inequalities. But available data show a negative correlation between inequality and protests in Latin America. Why does this paradox exist?

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Iran’s environmental crisis: mindful of depicting a dystopian future

27 May 2016
In our age of computers and satellites, our sense of both urgency and fear has become central to the process of addressing environmental challenges. This sense of necessity for urgent action can be seen in calls to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and extinctions, ocean acidification, etc.

Maharashtra drought - Photo credit: Shilpi Srivastava

Maharashtra needs to take a long-term view of drought

By Shilpi Srivastava
27 May 2016
Shilpi Srivastava reflects on the extreme drought in India. Whilst important measures have been taken to address it, Shilpi argues that it is time that Indian states takes a long term perspective on water regulation and its allocation.

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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