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Copts of Egypt: more than political pawns for ISIS and el-Sisi

By Mariz Tadros
24 Apr 2017
Recent attacks on Copts cannot be understood exclusively as militant resistance to authoritarianism in Egypt. It's a popular opinion, that the violence is reactive: a response to limits on more peaceful forms of political expression. The truth is more complex.

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What prospects for the next generation of rural Zimbabweans?

By Ian Scoones
24 Apr 2017
This blog concludes the series of five pieces on youth in the new resettlement areas. Studies in Zimbabwe have shown how school leavers imagine their futures, but also how in practice these visions are often not realised.

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

Combating neglected tropical diseases: more than drugs and vaccines

By Ian Scoones
19 Apr 2017
Neglected tropical diseases have been in the news this week. A big meeting at the World Health Organisation in Geneva has resulted in big pledges from the UK aid progamme and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to banish the … Continue reading →

A child’s upper arm is measured at an Anganwadi centre in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district. This is a quick and simple way to check if a child is severely underweight as they have a 10-30% chance of death without treatment. Credit: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development (CC BY 2.0)

India’s undernutrition debates and the power of political narratives

By Nicholas Nisbett
12 Apr 2017
What is the power of policy narratives on nutrition in India where there are vastly opposing debates around its contentious and chronic child stunting crisis?

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Egypt’s Copts: from sectarian violence to being targets of terrorism

By Mariz Tadros
11 Apr 2017
Recent bombings mark a new era in the religious targeting of Copts – one which is qualitatively different from previous patterns of sectarian violence.

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Evaluators in Africa (unknowingly) rise to the challenge of complexity

By Marina Apgar
11 Apr 2017
Reflections on the 8th conference of the African Evaluation Association, and how the need to adapt, be agile and improvise (as a result of some of its logistical challenges!) makes for a good metaphor for how evaluation should be in the field.

Brexit: Five EU development policies the UK should reconsider

By Samuel Sharp
10 Apr 2017
Following the triggering of Article 50, IDS Student Samuel Sharp lists five policies the UK government would do well to rethink.

Sol Picciotto (BA Oxford, JD Chicago) is an emeritus professor at Lancaster University, a Senior Adviser of the Tax Justice Network, coordinator of the BEPS Monitoring Group, and a member of the UN Tax Committee's subcommittee on dispute resolution. His research for the ICTD focuses on the taxation of transnational corporations with special reference to developing countries.

The UN Tax Committee holds out the begging bowl

By Sol Piciotto
10 Apr 2017
Last week the UN Committee of Experts on International Tax (UNTC) met at the United Nations HQ in New York, a few metres from the Security Council meetings on Syria, followed by a special session on tax of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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Recognise informal waste pickers to avoid future disasters like Koshe

By Kassa Teshager Alemu
10 Apr 2017
IDS Bulletin 'Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa' author Kassa Teshager Alemu reflects on disaster at Koshe dumpsite and how it could be avoided in the future

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What do food systems have to do with urbanisation?

By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales, Katherine Pittore
10 Apr 2017
Globally, more people live in cities than in rural areas and this number is estimated to increase to 66 percent of the world’s population by 2050. This means that every farmer will need to be producing enough food to feed three urban families.

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Queens of Syria: Facing the ‘other’ through theatre

By Sarah Houston
31 Mar 2017
Queens of Syria, a film that follows a group of displaced Syrian women in Jordan as they write, act, and produce an innovative performance of Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy.

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Why are there differences within public education in Uganda?

By Emilly Comfort Maractho
30 Mar 2017
In this blog, the second in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, Emilly Comfort Maractho reflects on the differing success of public primary education in Uganda.

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Prohibition, Indian-style

By Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda
29 Mar 2017
The results of prohibition in India are the same as in America: debt, impoverishment and organised crime.

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Discovering sanitation realities through rural immersions

By Jamie Myers
29 Mar 2017
At the end of last year the CLTS Knowledge Hub heard that the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Government of Madhya Pradesh, were sending 630 of their first year management students to spend a week living in 157 open defecation free (ODF) villages.

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Facts vs truth: Brexit and sustainability in turbulent times

28 Mar 2017
Today the UK's Article 50 letter will be delivered, formally marking the UK's intention to leave the European Union, but what does Brexit mean for sustainability?

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Building trust in a post-truth age

By Vivienne Benson
28 Mar 2017
The language of ‘post-truth’ along with all its connotations, represents an era where evidence and experts are often accused of being detached from reality. Vivienne Benson argues that evidence is about building trust and not just 'cold, hard facts'.

Machine politics and citizen voice aggregation in emerging democracies

By Ali Cheema
28 Mar 2017
The effectiveness with which political parties aggregate voice and how responsive policies are to the preferences expressed by their voter bases are important metrics for the strength of democracy. Recent experiences across the globe have cast doubt on how effectively these two aspects of democracy are working.

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Electoral promises and performance in Nigerian local government

27 Mar 2017
In this blog, the first in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, researchers from Nigeria share insights from their recent study on citizens’ perceptions of elected versus ‘selected’ local government officials.

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Imagined futures: rural school leavers in 20 years time

By Ian Scoones
27 Mar 2017
What do young people imagine they will be doing in the future and what obstacles lie in their way? These were questions we posed to a total of 84 Form IV students in 3 schools in or very near to A1 resettlement areas across the country.

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Why should you apply for the Transforming Nutrition Short Course?

By Nicholas Nisbett
24 Mar 2017
Every year, IDS hosts the Transforming Nutrition short course with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as part of the Transform Nutrition consortium. Nick Nisbett explains why nutrition experts should apply for the 2017 course by 7 April.

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