Women’s votes matter: unpacking gender politics in PakistanBy Ali Cheema, Asad Liaqat, Shandana Mohmand
20 Jul 2017
The gender gap in electoral participation and in party engagement with voters as well as the lack of autonomy exercised by women when they do vote are some of the tough challenges facing emerging democracies, such as Pakistan.
Towards accountability for health equityBy Denise Namburete, Vera Coelho, Alex Shankland, Gerry Bloom
18 Jul 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals set out an ambitious agenda to achieve universal health coverage – and the WHO has made it a priority for Africa - but how will this goal be reached when we have seen the continued failure to reach those who need it most?
A new land administration system for ZimbabweBy Ian Scoones
17 Jul 2017
The Zimbabwe Land Commission, established as a result of the new national Constitution, has a major task ahead of it. It is vital that an independent Commission looks at the range of land issues argues Ian Scoones in his latest blog post.
3Ps for global disease challenges: how to build fruitful conversationsBy Ian Scoones
13 Jul 2017
How can the One Health approach be understood? Linking human, animal and ecosystem health, with a focus on poverty and livelihoods, is easy to proclaim. It is much less easy to do. Ian Scoones explores this question in the BioMed Centre Blog.
The complexities of Chinese and Indian successBy Samuel Sharp
12 Jul 2017
IDS student Sam Sharp summarises lecture by Professor Jayati Ghosh on the complexities of the success of China and India.
Agricultural commercialisation – where it’s hot and where it’s notBy Jim Sumberg
12 Jul 2017
Greater agricultural commercialisation, through engagement with value chains, is seen by many as the only viable way forward for small-scale farmers in Africa. But how is commercialisation supposed to change rural young people’s opportunities?
Has politics shaped the terms ‘accountability’ and ‘participation’?By Luiz Eduardo Fonseca
11 Jul 2017
Luiz Eduardo Fonseca reflects on the role of language in shaping the politics of health in Brazil.
Political settlements again: unsettle, undo or ditch?By Mariz Tadros, Jeremy Allouche
10 Jul 2017
Is it time to send the concept of “political settlements” to the dustbin of passé development fashion fads and jargons? A new volume of Conflict, Security and Development journal argues it's time to re-appropriate the concept.
Getting agriculture moving: finance and creditBy Ian Scoones
10 Jul 2017
Getting the agricultural sector financed is a key challenge in Zimbabwe, and links to land administration challenges as discussed in other blogs in this Zimbabweland blog series. Ian Scoones explores some of these challenges in this blog post.
Using agroecology to oppose neo-colonialismBy Rachael Taylor
07 Jul 2017
Findings from the Transitions to Agroecological Food Systems project, which is investigating potential pathways to more sustainable food systems through agroecology.
Africa's engagement with China and the G20By Emilie Wilson
30 Jun 2017
As the world’s most powerful nations prepare to gather at the G20 meeting in Germany, researchers at IDS have been exploring the opportunities and challenges for developing economies in engaging with developed countries.
Why will no one listen to the pig farmers of Yangon?By Ayako Ebata
30 Jun 2017
As the G20 gather and revisit global pandemics, Ayako Ebata asks why world leaders are not spending more time addressing the concerns of those whose lives are quietly devastated on a daily basis.
How Kerala is making the transition towards healthy, home-grown food30 Jun 2017
In response to concerns about toxic pesticides and food insecurity, people in Kerala are transforming the way they grow food. Rooftops, gardens and small plots are being used for agroecological farming. The approach is being reflected in government policy too.
Is 'mind-set change' the new frontier for Africa’s youth?By Jim Sumberg
29 Jun 2017
Many programmes are explicit identifying young people’s ‘mind-set’ as the problem is finding employment, but Jim Sumberg asks if is the right path to identify the mind-set of young people as the problem, and mind-set change offered as the solution?
Participatory research for gender mainstreaming in humanitarian crisesBy Pauline Oosterhoff
28 Jun 2017
How participatory action learning is helping World Food Programme staff make their programmes more gender sensitive while supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Supporting farmers to create pathways for learning on agroecologyBy Rachael Taylor
26 Jun 2017
Reflections on the different forms of learning that are arising from a project in Senegal involving farmers who identified agroecology as part of their past and future .
Confronting authoritarian populism: a new initiativeBy Ian Scoones
26 Jun 2017
Ian Scoones blogs about the open access ‘think-piece’ in a Journal of Peasant Studies Forum series on Authoritarian Populism in the Rural World.
Whose problem? Fixing our food systemsBy Santiago Ripoll
22 Jun 2017
You’ve heard it all before. Our food system is flawed, or more accurately, doomed. Santiago Ripoll argues that it is collective action not individual action that will fix our food system.
Africa: China's ambitious test groundBy Jing Gu
21 Jun 2017
Globally, the fires of inequality rage onBy Jaideep Gupte
20 Jun 2017
The fire at Grenfell Tower in London brings home the deep inequalities and class struggle that underwrite the global housing crisis.
View blogs by theme or research cluster
Search by author
Search by date range
Search Blog Entries
Enter search criteria