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James Georgalakis

Never mind the policymakers

By James Georgalakis
15 Jan 2018

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

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system

By Ian Scoones
15 Jan 2018
This is the second in a short series of articles produced for The Conversation on the land and agricultural development challenges for the post-Mugabe era.

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Pastoralism, Uncertainty, Resilience: Introducing a new project

By Ian Scoones, Michele Nori
12 Jan 2018
Blog post introducing a new project on pastoralism, uncertainty and resilience, hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre and the European University Institute, and working in China, Italy and Kenya.

Fletcher Tembo, former director of Making All Voices Count programme

Social accountability futures: six anchoring points

By Fletcher Tembo
12 Jan 2018
With increasing discussion around the idea of "Accountability 2.0", Fletcher Tembo, Director for the Making All Voices Count Programme, shares six points for consideration when it comes to its practical realistion.

Photo of Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow with Governance team

High time for cooperation to protect tax bases

By Mick Moore
08 Jan 2018
The debate on international taxation has changed considerably in the last 20 years. While the system is still biased against developing countries, the politics are changing. Can they work collectively to make the international tax system less unfair?

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

Settling the land compensation issue is vital for Zimbabwe’s economy

By Ian Scoones
08 Jan 2018
Resolving the compensation issue is essential not only to provide redress for those who lost their farms, but also to reduce uncertainty, encourage investment and unlock potential for growth and development, says IDS's Ian Scoones.

Chris Smaje, Vallis Veg

Campesino a campesino: a trip to Nicaragua

03 Jan 2018
Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg, a small farm in the southwest of England reflects on lessons coming from Nicaraguan, Senegalese and British farmers involved in the project on ‘Transitions to agro-ecological food systems’.
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BRAC borrowers meet every week in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to pay installments on their loan and to discuss challenges and successes. BRAC is well known for it's microfinance lending programmes. Photo: Jake Lyell / BRAC.

"We are at the end of our tether!" African women and microfinance

By Philip Mader
20 Dec 2017
This is part of a declaration recently issued by women from fourteen countries, gathered in a meeting of African activists in Bamako, Mali, in November...

Portrait image of Alan Fowler from Wits Business School, South Africa.

Can African philanthropy support post-aid social accountability work?

By Alan Fowler
20 Dec 2017
African NGOs and CSOs struggle for financial sustainability, partly as a result of uncertain external aid funding. Can African philanthropy step into the breach by supporting organisations which work on social accountability?

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Brexit, food and trade: what is in the public interest?

By Elise Wach
18 Dec 2017
IDS very recently took the opportunity to submit evidence from the project ‘Transitions to Agroecological Food Systems’ to a parliamentary inquiry about post-Brexit food and trade policy. Elise Wach shares her reivew of the submissions more broadly.

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

Zimbabweland’s 20 most read blog posts in 2017

By Ian Scoones
18 Dec 2017
This has been quite a year for Zimbabwe. Here are the top twenty viewed blog posts from Zimbabweland during 2017.

Portrait image of Duncan Green, Head of Research at Oxfam GB

What did I learn about what Adaptive Programming actually looks like?

By Duncan Green
15 Dec 2017
Duncan Green has just returned from Myanmar on a trip for the A4EA research programme. Along with Angela Christie, he was exploring what ‘adaptive management’ looks like on the ground and how it compares to in aid seminars around the world.

Sameena in the Netherlands at the end of a running race, with a medal round her neck and flowers.

Running back to life – a story of modern slavery in the Netherlands

By Sameena van der Mijden , Pauline Oosterhoff
14 Dec 2017
Modern slavery is a global problem that occurs in rich and poor countries, among all genders and ages. Sameena, a health care professional and long-distance runner in the Netherlands shares her experience of trafficking.

Child receiving Tuberculosis medicine in South Sudan with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNDP.

Photo: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol

Making health a human right, not a privilege

By Ayako Ebata
12 Dec 2017
This week, Tokyo welcomes the Universal Health Coverage Forum, setting a platform to discuss ways in which all people, whether rich or poor, are entitled to access high quality medical services.

Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu presents at the Accountability for Health Equity Conference

What does accountability for health equity mean in southern Africa?

By Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu
11 Dec 2017
Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu reflects on the southern African experience of shaping accountability in health systems.

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

Two speeches for ‘new era’ Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
11 Dec 2017
IDS's Ian Scoones shares his emerging sense of what the ‘new era’ might bring for Zimbabwe's land and agriculture policies

still from the War Child campaign film, 2017

Powerful War Child film points towards a new kind of aid ethos

By Ben Ramalingam
07 Dec 2017
Stirred by the recent award-winning War Child campaign film, IDS’s Ben Ramalingam shares his personal reflections on the need to move away from stereotypical representations of victims of conflict and poverty, towards a new narrative for aid.

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