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crowded Kenya election rally 2017

Kenya Election Violence and the Police Response

By Brian Kimari
22 Aug 2017
The recent elections in Kenya raised tensions both nationally and internationally. How did local police and politicians respond?

Kenya polling queues 2013. Credit: USAID on Flickr

Using social media for monitoring violence in Kenya’s elections

By Caitriona Dowd
18 Aug 2017
On the 8 August, Kenyans once again went to the polls. Amidst fears of election violence, voting took place throughout the country. Caitriona Dowd asks if there a role that social media and digital technology could play in monitoring insecurity?

Painting of climate change by Mr. Fadel Ikram, Indonesia - One of the winners of the ASEAN and SAARC drawing competition for 2011.

World Humanitarian Day: Are we really ready for climate change?

By Siri Eriksen
18 Aug 2017
On World Humanitarian Day, we are reminded that there are people living at the precipice of crisis in need of urgent support. Siri Eriksen calls for humanitarian and climate adaptation sectors to link up to prepare for future crises.

Jayne Lambrou - NMBU

Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

By Jayne Lambrou
11 Aug 2017
Jayne Lambrou, NMBU, writes and presents a variety of interviews with contributors to IDS' latest bulletin on Courting catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

Photo of Jo Howard, Research Fellow in the IDS Participation cluster

Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals from the community level

By Jo Howard, Tom Thomas
07 Aug 2017
The 2017 HLPF theme is "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". We were pleased to attend since finding inclusive ways of making governments accountable for the SDGs is central to our work on building sustainable inclusion.

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

The 20 top Zimbabweland blogs of 2017, so far!

By Ian Scoones
07 Aug 2017
Ian Scoones reflects on the top 20 blog posts from this year in Zimbabweland

Much Ado About Impact?

By James Georgalakis
04 Aug 2017
How does research and knowledge impact on attitudes, behaviours, policy and practice? Whether you are a researcher, development studies student, NGO campaigner, policy wonk or research donor, here are some links that I’d recommend on this subject.

Jonathan Fox Director Accountability Research Center.

History and language: keywords for health and accountability

By Jonathan Fox
04 Aug 2017
Jonathan Fox argues that we need to be aware of how accountability terms can and have been politically constructed, and encourages us to search for terms that do a better job of communicating the key steps on the path to accountability-building.

Photo of Pauline Oosterhoff, Research Fellow, Participation Power and Social Change

Tackling health loans and modern slavery as a community in Bihar, India

By Pauline Oosterhoff
01 Aug 2017
How a participatory action research project in Bihar is supporting villagers to change their health behaviours and in doing so reduce risks of entering into bonded labour.
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Luiz Eduardo Fonseca

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.

Graffiti of politics in Kenya, taken in 2012. Credit: CHMoss - Flickr

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.

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

Getting agriculture moving: finance and credit

By 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.

Rachael Taylor, partner on Transitions to Agroecology project.

Using agroecology to oppose neo-colonialism

By 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.

Dr. Caitriona Dowd, Research Fellow in Conflict and Violence cluster at IDS.

Using digital technology to monitor violence in Kenya’s elections

By Caitriona Dowd
07 Jul 2017
Discussion on the potential opportunities, and practical limitations, of using digital technology to promote peace, monitor violence, and support early warning and crisis response in the run-up to Kenya’s August 2017 elections.

Patrick Schroeder, Research Fellow with the Green Transformations research cluster at IDS

Mars exploration: what does it mean for sustainable development?

By Patrick Schroeder
06 Jul 2017
Space exploration and rocket engineering: what could they possibly have in common with the traditional topics and problems of development studies here on Earth?

Photo of Jo Howard, Research Fellow in the IDS Participation cluster

SDGs: genuinely reflecting priorities of poorest & most marginalised?

By Jo Howard, Erika Lopez Franco
06 Jul 2017
Forty-four governments are reporting progress against the Sustainable Development Goals at this year's High-Level Political Forum. But will these reports reflect priorities of people who actually experience poverty, especially the poorest & most marginalised?

Solar PV demonstration in India

Why should we listen to diverse views on new technology?

03 Jul 2017
Research from India and Thailand shows that different groups often have very different ideas on what energy and transport options are most 'sustainable', as outlined in a new paper co-authored by members of the ESRC STEPS Centre.

Beyond the freehold title obsession: generating land tenure security

By Ian Scoones
03 Jul 2017
Zimbabwe has a regime of multi-form tenure, with multiple tenure types associated with different areas of land (freehold, lease, permit, communal and state land).

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