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The social life in infectious diseases

By Nathan Oxley
07 Dec 2016
This story looks at how STEPS Centre research on epidemics fed into responses to the Ebola outbreak, and the need for long-term work to respond to infectious diseases. It is the first in a set of stories looking back at STEPS work.

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A lesson on power and the abstruse (or a love-peeve relationship Part 2)

By John Gaventa
07 Dec 2016
Duly provoked by yesterday’s assault on IDS’ use of language, John Gaventa responds with a really nice story/rebuttal. As ever, we are delighted to see Duncan Green’s interesting and incisive blog on the new IDS Bulletin on Power, Poverty and Inequality.

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Open governance – the complexity of scale

By Duncan Edwards
06 Dec 2016
A personal reflection on approaches to open governance by Duncan Edwards, Programme Manager for Making All Voices Count’s Research, Evidence and Learning component.

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Common sense prevails and the anti-advocacy clause is dead – but the debate will continue

By James Georgalakis
06 Dec 2016
Academics, NGOs and civil society organisations welcomed the announcement last week by the Government of the new Government Grants Standards. The ‘anti-advocacy clause’ announced last February was roundly criticised for potentially gagging both scientists and charities.

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Livelihoods on the edge: contested mangroves in Kachchh

05 Dec 2016
There is a real buzz about Mundra village on the Gulf of Kachchh coast, one of the fastest growing industrial hubs in India. A sprawling port, two of India’s biggest thermal power plants, and a special economic zone with growing export industries jostle for space in what once used to be western India’s biggest stretch of mangroves.

Integrated water resource management: panacea or problem?

By Ian Scoones
05 Dec 2016
Integrated water resource management (IWRM) became the buzzword for water resources policy gurus in the 1990s. The donors poured millions into projects, plans, programmes and many, many workshops and consultancy exercises.

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Tough Shit: What's the link between diarrhoea and bonded labour?

By Danny Burns, Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda
02 Dec 2016
When we think of bonded labour we don’t instantly think of diarrhoea, but our research in India and Nepal, suggests that diarrhoea and ill-health poverty, loans and bonded labour are all interlinked.

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The revolutionary demand of a global transformation based on joy

By Kemly Camacho Jiménez, Carol Smithyes
01 Dec 2016
The AWID forum became a huge tribute to diversity, in a celebration that shows how humans can live in equity, stimulating and enhancing the different things that each person brings to the whole.
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Can circular economy practices solve Singapore’s food waste challenge?

By Patrick Schroeder
29 Nov 2016
One of the sustainability issues that Singapore is set to tackle is food waste which accounts for 10 per cent of total waste generated. The government has set out national waste management strategies to work towards Singapore becoming a Zero Waste Nation.

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Is Brazil's contribution to global development at stake?

By Lidia Cabral
28 Nov 2016
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation is gathering in Nairobi this week. With its new government showing little interest in multilateralism and international development, is Brazil fading as a Southern power & engaged development actor?

Farmer-led irrigation in Africa: driving a new Green Revolution?

By Ian Scoones
28 Nov 2016
A new open access review paper is just out in the Journal of Peasant Studies on farmer-led irrigation in Africa.

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Livelihoods and the political economy of dairy in India and South Africa

24 Nov 2016
How do the very divergent models of dairy development in each country fare in supporting the livelihoods of different classes of dairy producers and farm workers?

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Is porn the new sex education? Discuss

By Kelly Shephard
24 Nov 2016
NGOs, sexperts and digital practitioners gathered to discuss how growing access to online porn is changing sex education in developing countries.

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Divergent Dairy: comparing pathways in India and South Africa

23 Nov 2016
As a significant agricultural commodity in both India and South Africa, what role can dairy play in spurring development?

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How water became a casualty of Mozambique’s debt crisis

21 Nov 2016
One such premise related to my PhD fieldwork research is that the water/development nexus can only be properly understood when situated in the broader (national and global) political economy.

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Power to the people: making & politics at the Science Museum

By Adrian Smith
21 Nov 2016
The maker movement in the UK, and globally, has grown rapidly over recent years. Hundreds of maker spaces have popped up in cities, towns and on university campuses, potentially promising new forms of re-distributed and community-based manufacturing.

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Climate change: from talk to action in challenging political times

By Melissa Leach
21 Nov 2016
Climate change and politics have jostled for attention – in the media, in development thinking, and in my own mind – during a dramatic last fortnight.

From ordered estates to crooked times: farmworker welfare in Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
21 Nov 2016
A new book is just out – Ordered Estates: Welfare, Power and Maternalism on Zimbabwe’s (Once White) Highveld – by Andrew Hartnack is based on research carried out over the last decade on a number of Highveld farms, as well as with farm worker welfare NGOs.

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