Breaking the Silence on Menstruation in EritreaBy Elaine Mercer
25 May 2018
Menstrual Hygiene day on May 28th aims break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
Participatory impact investing: whose voices count?By Grace Lyn Higdon, Peter O'Flynn
21 May 2018
Impact investing aims to bring about social or environmental change. It's a growing method. In 2017, over USD 114 billion was invested in impact investing assets. But those who are supposed to benefit have little say on where or how investments are made.
Pursuing Universal Health Coverage and Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial ResistanceBy Tom Barker
21 May 2018
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and IDS convene a multi-country, high-level meeting focusing on the pursuit of UHC in the context of the effective management of infectious diseases and emerging AMR.
Labour and Zimbabwe’s new agrarian structureBy Ian Scoones
21 May 2018
Ian Scoones reviews Walter Chambati's recent paper on wage labour across Zimababwe's farms, which has wide reaching policy implications.
Engaging LGBTIQ communities for researchBy Stephen Wood
17 May 2018
To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), Stephen Wood takes a look at the ethical and methodological difficulties (and necessity) of conducting research with LGBTIQ communities.
Should we blame livestock for climate change?By Ian Scoones
16 May 2018
Livestock are essential to rural economies and livelihoods across the world. But are these animals contributing to planetary destruction through greenhouse gas emissions? This is a big debate, and one that much good science is focused on argues Ian Scoones.
Is Defra missing the chance to integrate food, environment and farming?By Elise Wach
09 May 2018
Despite the title ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’ Defra’s draft agricultural policy is missing just that – food and farming. This is a problem for public health and rural economies argues Elise Wach.
Accountability for health equity and the struggle to meet the most basic health needsBy Erica Nelson
08 May 2018
As the new IDS Bulletin on Accountability for Health Equity is launched Erica Nelson considers the past forty years and the need to think more critically about what UHC2030 means in light of past efforts and the nature of change over time.
Changing gender relations after land reformBy Ian Scoones
07 May 2018
This is the sixth in a series of short reviews of new work on agriculture and land in Zimbabwe.
Space and the city: life for refugees and hosts in Lebanon and JordanBy Dolf te Lintelo
03 May 2018
The Syrian conflict has forced over 5 million to flee their country. Lebanon and Jordan host millions of refugees. Dolf te Lintelo shares findings from a new report on how displacement in urban areas affects the wellbeing of refugee and host groups.
Preventing long-term crises for Rohingya’s youthBy Tanjila Mazumder Drishti
30 Apr 2018
IDS student Tanjila Mazumder Drishti shares her thoughts after participating in the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
The gaze from space: how satellites can deceiveBy Ian Scoones
30 Apr 2018
In the fifth of a series of short reviews of new work on agriculture and land in Zimbabwe, Ian Scoones reviews a study that uses remote sensing analyses to assess land use in Zimbabwe.
A new digital imperialism and how to respond to itBy Tony Roberts
25 Apr 2018
Revelations about the abuse of social media by governments and corporations in countries across Africa & Asia turned my thinking on Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) on its head.
Wilderness for whom? Negotiating the role of livestock in landscapesBy Ian Scoones
25 Apr 2018
Livestock keeping is seen by some as a scourge on ‘natural’ landscapes, creating devastation through grazing and browsing. Reversion to some form of idealised ‘wilderness’ is seen as the solution. Ian Scoones explores the new ‘re-wilding’ debate.
Agricultural change in Africa: How cookbooks and recipes got a bum rapBy Jim Sumberg
24 Apr 2018
For three decades, agricultural research and extension in Africa has been castigated for being overly simplistic. Is research is so far removed from reality that they take a “cookbook approach”, promoting rigid recipes or is this an unfair reflection?
Child rapes in India that have shocked the worldBy Lyla Mehta
23 Apr 2018
Academics express anguish with regard to the recent child rape cases in India that have shocked the nation and the world, including an eight year old girl belonging to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community.
UK supports Zimbabwe’s return to the CommonwealthBy Ian Scoones
23 Apr 2018
As the UK announces support for Zimbabwe rejoining the Commonwealth, Ian Scoones reflects on its implications.
Reconfiguring rural authority after land reformBy Ian Scoones
17 Apr 2018
As part of a series of short reviews of new work on agriculture and land in Zimbabwe, Ian Scoones reviews a Grasian Mkodzongi's excellent paper on the reconfiguration of rural authority in the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme,
How can community-based waste management address Pakistan’s waste crisis?By Patrick Schröder, Richard Gower
16 Apr 2018
A community-based waste management project in Pakistan reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves public health, creates jobs and offers a remarkable ten dollars in benefits for every dollar invested in it.
The mission for global Britain - 7 reflections on where next for 0.7By Hannah Corbett
12 Apr 2018
Reflections on the UK Secretary of State for International Development's vision for UK Aid and Development.
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