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Child receiving Tuberculosis medicine in South Sudan with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNDP.

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Making health a human right, not a privilege

By Ayako Ebata
12 Dec 2017
This week, Tokyo welcomes the Universal Health Coverage Forum, setting a platform to discuss ways in which all people, whether rich or poor, are entitled to access high quality medical services.

Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu presents at the Accountability for Health Equity Conference

What does accountability for health equity mean in southern Africa?

By Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu
11 Dec 2017
Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu reflects on the southern African experience of shaping accountability in health systems.

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Two speeches for ‘new era’ Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
11 Dec 2017
IDS's Ian Scoones shares his emerging sense of what the ‘new era’ might bring for Zimbabwe's land and agriculture policies

still from the War Child campaign film, 2017

Powerful War Child film points towards a new kind of aid ethos

By Ben Ramalingam
07 Dec 2017
Stirred by the recent award-winning War Child campaign film, IDS’s Ben Ramalingam shares his personal reflections on the need to move away from stereotypical representations of victims of conflict and poverty, towards a new narrative for aid.

Decolonisation of Higher Education in South Africa: Case of Rhodes University

By Mina Chiang
06 Dec 2017
What is the historical narrative of colonisation in South Africa? What was the turning point that shed light on the overthrow of apartheid and then on decolonisation?

An older man on a raft with bags of waste like plastic bottles and bags, floating on a river.

Closing the Plastic Waste Loop - how do waste pickers contribute?

By Patricia Noble , Patrick Schröder
05 Dec 2017
The effects of the transition from the linear to circular economy, on informal waste pickers in developing countries is a pivotal issue for inclusive livelihoods, particularly Brazil and India, but the question that remains is who will drive this change?

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Why title deeds aren’t the solution to land tenure problems

By Ian Scoones
04 Dec 2017
Ian Scoones discusses the issues raised in a new book on titling and tenure: a big issue for policy in Zimbabwe.

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Citizen Accountability in a time of Facebook

By John Gaventa
14 Nov 2017
John Gaventa reflects on how far Facebook, and other technical innovations, can connect us all as individuals and engage us with the institutions that govern us and help us hold them to account?

Obasanjo Joseph Oyedele PhD is a climate change communication specialist and lecturer at the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Two lessons for early involvement of stakeholders in research

By Obasanjo Joseph Oyedele, Martin Atela, Ayo Ojebode
14 Nov 2017
Policy-engaged research needs to involve policy actors right from the start. However, you need a context-sensitive combination of communication skills and a determination to overcome stakeholder apathy and ensure policy actors remain committed to the project.

Hello Tractor on mobile phone

Youth, smart phones and tractors in Africa – a new agrarian class?

By Lidia Cabral, Jim Sumberg
14 Nov 2017
IDS researchers reflect on recent discourse on agricultural mechanization in farming, and outline a research agenda.

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How microfinance and financial inclusion impinge on human rights

By Philip Mader
14 Nov 2017
This blog post is based on a talk given at the ETOC Conference on “Financialisation, Eco-Destruction, and Human Rights beyond Borders” in Brussels, September 28-29, 2017, and should not be regarded as an exhaustive academic paper but as food for thought.

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Adaptiveness through ‘simplest tools and practices’

By Pedro Prieto Martin
13 Nov 2017
Why is so difficult to put what we know about adaptiveness into practice? And more importantly: what can be done to improve this situation?

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Why governance constraints are holding back young Zimbabweans

By Ian Scoones
13 Nov 2017
New research reveals why governance constraints are holding back young people in rural Zimbabwe.

Tackling revenge porn – a gut reaction to Facebook’s approach

By Kelly Shephard
10 Nov 2017
How comfortable do you feel when you read headlines like these - Facebook “remembers” nude images to combat revenge porn or Facebook says it needs your explicit photos to combat revenge porn? Something in your gut doesn’t feel quite right does it?

Golden Opportunities in Ethiopia - Simon Davis/Department for International Development

Private sector is key for inclusive growth and decent jobs in Africa

By Seife Ayele, Dominic Glover, Samir Khan, Marjoke Oosterom
07 Nov 2017
This week the Matasa Fellows Network is launching a call for young African researchers to apply to become a fellow. The chosen theme of this year’s fellowship is Youth Employment and Private Sector Growth in Africa.

Still rising: women’s movements in a changing world

By Dinah Musindarwezo, Zohra Moosa, Lee Webster
06 Nov 2017
A global backlash against women’s rights is on the rise. Women’s movements have pushed long and hard for women’s rights to be enshrined in international policy frameworks, and the current global political landscape risks a serious regression on progress made.

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What next for young people in Zimbabwe’s land reform areas?

By Ian Scoones
06 Nov 2017
New research reveals the imagined futures of Zimbabwe's youth.

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