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An opposition demonstrators holds a Venezuelan flag in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 15, 2014. Protesters gathered to demand the president's resignation, denouncing him over grievances ranging from political repression to daily issues such as inflation, shortages of basic products, and rampant crime.REUTERS/Jorge Silva.

Maduro’s new Constitution: more authoritarianism for Venezuela

By Maria Aguado Álvarez de Sotomayor, Lizbeth Navas-Aleman
24 May 2017
Venezuela is a country in political as well as economic turmoil. Far from abating the crisis by deepening democracy, President Maduro's proposed constitutional reforms are more likely to secure the ruling party’s grip on power.

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Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

By James Georgalakis
24 May 2017
Are scholars really so out of touch with the real world or do we need to look again at this tired narrative that doesn’t reflect the reality of modern academia.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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What should the priorities be for the new WHO Director-General?

By Melissa Leach, Annie Wilkinson, Ian Scoones, Hayley MacGregor
23 May 2017
As leaders come together for the 70th World Health Assembly and make the choice of the next Director General, they have some major challenges ahead, but what should their priorities be? IDS researchers set out what they think should be at the top of the list.

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

What is the link between productivity, circular economy and the SDGs?

By Patrick Schroeder
22 May 2017
Asia’s development over the last decades has been characterised by rapid economic growth, fast-paced development, urbanisation, and rising household incomes. Increases in productivity have been one of the main factors underpinning these trends.

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

By Ian Scoones
22 May 2017
Launched this week the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is being launched will be confronting the forces of authoritarian populism in rural areas, and exploring emancipatory alternatives.

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A strong higher education sector can help retain UK's global influence

By Adam Tickell, Melissa Leach
18 May 2017
As the UK prepares to exit the European Union and reposition itself on the global stage, IDS Director, Melissa Leach and University of Sussex Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, argue that a new UK government must continue to support the higher education sector.

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Côte d’Ivoire: mutiny may be over, but the army’s problems are not

By Jeremy Allouche, Oswald Padonou
17 May 2017
Reforming a fragmented army will be tough in Côte d’Ivoire’s tense atmosphere. Could foreign deployment provide an alternative solution? Jeremy Allouche writes for African Arguments.

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Automation and the future of work; bringing women into the debate

By Becky Faith
17 May 2017
Becky Faith shares insights from the biggest Artificial Intelligence business conference on how businesses are viewing the digital economy - and its potential impact on all members of society.

Belt and Road Forum sign at bus stop

China’s Belt and Road Initiative – a game-changer, but which game?

By Melissa Leach
15 May 2017
Fresh from attending the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, IDS Director Melissa Leach considers how China's $900 billion initiative will change international development.

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

Women and land: challenges of empowerment

By Ian Scoones
15 May 2017
Rights to land for women have been enshrined in law in Zimbabwe, but the practice of law in reality often has not delivered women's empowerment and rights. This must change, but how?

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Sol Picciotto (BA Oxford, JD Chicago) is an emeritus professor at Lancaster University, a Senior Adviser of the Tax Justice Network, coordinator of the BEPS Monitoring Group, and a member of the UN Tax Committee's subcommittee on dispute resolution. His research for the ICTD focuses on the taxation of transnational corporations with special reference to developing countries.

The UN Tax Committee holds out the begging bowl

By Sol Piciotto
10 Apr 2017
Last week the UN Committee of Experts on International Tax (UNTC) met at the United Nations HQ in New York, a few metres from the Security Council meetings on Syria, followed by a special session on tax of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Kassa Teshager Alemu

Recognise informal waste pickers to avoid future disasters like Koshe

By Kassa Teshager Alemu
10 Apr 2017
IDS Bulletin 'Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa' author Kassa Teshager Alemu reflects on disaster at Koshe dumpsite and how it could be avoided in the future

Photo Credit: [Cropped] A Crowded Market in Dhaka, Bangladesh by International Food Policy Research Institute / 2010
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What do food systems have to do with urbanisation?

By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales, Katherine Pittore
10 Apr 2017
Globally, more people live in cities than in rural areas and this number is estimated to increase to 66 percent of the world’s population by 2050. This means that every farmer will need to be producing enough food to feed three urban families.

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

Diverse life courses: difficult choices for young people in rural Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
10 Apr 2017
To get a sense of how livelihoods are composed, we must look over time, and get a picture of emerging life courses.

Jalia Kangave, IDS research fellow

Tax Justice for Women’s Rights: The Real Issues in Developing Countries

By Jalia Kangave
07 Apr 2017
Throughout the month of March 2017 (around International Women’s Day), CSOs such as the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, ActionAid, and FEMNET ran campaigns on Tax Justice for Women’s Rights and proposed what gender-sensitive tax systems should look like.

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Is the rise of the 'city' hiding a looming mental health crisis?

By Jaideep Gupte
07 Apr 2017
One in four people are worried about losing their home in the next five years. This insecurity has a major impact on people’s wellbeing. On World Health Day is right to talk about depression, but also needs to talk about urbanisation says Jaideep Gupte.

Ghana busy market scene

Staff Quality for expanded Service Delivery in Ghana’s District Assemblies

By Daniel Doh
06 Apr 2017
In this blog, the fourth in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, Daniel Doh investigates the impact of staff motivation and competence levels within local government on the quality of service delivery in Ghana’s district assemblies

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Why South Africa’s social grants aren’t eradicating malnutrition

By Stephen Devereux
04 Apr 2017
A national sigh of relief should follow the Constitutional Court ruling that ensures the uninterrupted payment of social grants in South Africa. Stephen Devereux argues in the Conversation why these grants have not eradicated malnutrition.

What's trending in work on governance and conflict?

By Robin Luckham, Caitriona Dowd, Gauthier Marchais
04 Apr 2017
Conflict is a governance issue. At a recent IDS meeting, researchers reflected on major changes in research, analysis and policy around the governance-conflict interface in recent years.

IDS Researcher Ana Pueyo

What are the prospects for low-carbon growth in Africa?

By Ana Pueyo
04 Apr 2017
As the Clean Energy Summit gets underway in Ghana, Ana Pueyo examines the prospects for low-carbon growth in Africa.

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