Waste pickers on top of a large waste dump in Brazil, collecting plastic bottles for recycling.

Can the circular economy design out inequality as well as waste?

By Patrick Schröder
19 Mar 2018
IDS Researcher Patrick Shroder sets out a number of building blocks to ensure that a circular economy approach reduces existing inequalities and does not exacerbate them.

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Land reform and transformative social policy

By Ian Scoones
19 Mar 2018
Ian Scoones reviews a new article published by UNISA based on the major district level survey carried out by the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies.

Cattle - Image credit Fiona MacGinty-O’Neill via Flickr

Beef, borders and Brexit: why livestock movement is essential

By Ian Scoones
16 Mar 2018
In this latest PASTRES blog, Ian Scoones argues that flexible movement is essential for most livestock systems. The prospect of a hard border in Ireland when the UK leaves the European Union is causing many concerns as movement is likely to be curtailed.

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What does 'the landscape of opportunity' look like for youth in rural Africa?

By Jim Sumberg
16 Mar 2018
Our IFAD and APRA-funded work on youth and the rural economy in Africa has brought into focus the notion of a “landscape of opportunity”. Our assumption is that a better understanding how rural landscapes of rural opportunity are structured, and how they are “read” by different young people (and others), should enable more compelling research, and effective policy and programming.

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

Mining and agriculture: diversified livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
12 Mar 2018
Ian Scoones reviews Easther Chigumira's recently published work in The Journal of Rural Studies.

New IDS Bulletin covers

The IDS Bulletin - Fifty Years Old and Still Going Strong

By Alison Norwood
09 Mar 2018
This year sees the IDS Bulletin celebrating 50 years in publication, the last two of these as gold open access. At this time it seems appropriate to reflect on how going open access has changed the journal so far, and what future directions might be.

Jubilee human pie chart by Paul Miller - Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

How do ordinary people get to have a say in their economic future?

By Jodie Thorpe
09 Mar 2018
Where do people have a real voice in economic decisions that affect their future? Jodie Thorpe writes about why we need to explore and better understand how linking economic growth to broader goals of justice and sustainability can work in practice

graduating by the sea

How I got a full Rotary International scholarship for my Master degree

By Mina Chiang
06 Mar 2018
Last year I started a master’s in Development Studies at IDS with support from Rotary International. By sharing my own first-hand experience, this blog post aims to guide future IDS students on how to get scholarship funding.

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

Panic, privilege and politics: South Africa’s land debate

By Ian Scoones
05 Mar 2018
In recent days, South Africa's land reform issue, always bubbling under the surface in South Africa’s unresolved post-apartheid settlement, has burst into the limelight.
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Are you guilty of humblebragging?

By Kelly Shephard
08 Feb 2018
I learned a new word recently – Humblebrag. It means, and I quote, “When you, usually consciously, try to get away with bragging about yourself by couching it in a phony show of humility”. In international development circles this unfortunately happens a lot.

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To fight malnutrition, we need to understand agri-food value chains

By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
07 Feb 2018
Nearly half of South Asian children are stunted, income growth cannot solve the problem of malnutrition. Mar Maestre looks at the important role of agri-value chains in delivering nutritious foods based on research from the latest IDS Bulletin.

Greetings from Cape Town, city of drought and division

By Stephen Devereux
06 Feb 2018
Cape Town is one of the tourist capitals of the world – think Table Mountain and stunning beaches. But in three months’ time, it will become the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Photo of Justin Flynn, Rural Futures Research Officer

Savings groups for young Africans: a (financial) game changer?

By Justin Flynn, Jim Sumberg
06 Feb 2018
Given widespread youth unemployment and underemployment in Sub-Saharan African (SSA), youth savings groups are often promoted as a step toward financial inclusion. Research by Justin Flynn and Jim Sumberg finds that savings groups lead only to small change.

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