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Breaking the Silence on Menstruation in Eritrea

By 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.

Save the "Esso-Towers", Performance and Action of the "megaphone-chorus" against demolition. Hamburg, Germany, 13.05.2013. Credit: Rasande Tyskar (Flickr - CC BY-NC 2.0)

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.

Microscopic organisms

Pursuing Universal Health Coverage and Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance

By 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.

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

Labour and Zimbabwe’s new agrarian structure

By 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 research

By 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.

Matteo Caravani

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.

Photo of Elise Wach, Evaluation and Learning Advisor with the Impact and Learning Team

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.

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Accountability for health equity and the struggle to meet the most basic health needs

By 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.

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

Changing gender relations after land reform

By Ian Scoones
07 May 2018
This is the sixth in a series of short reviews of new work on agriculture and land in Zimbabwe.

Beirut - photo credit: Dolf te Lintelo

Space and the city: life for refugees and hosts in Lebanon and Jordan

By 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.

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Why killing reindeer is poor science

09 Apr 2018
The Norwegian state has ordered Sami reindeer owners to reduce the size of their herds to the ‘carrying capacity’ deemed acceptable by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, arguing that high stocking rates detrimentally affect the fragile tundra ecosystem.

A woman makes a new Burmese flag in a workshop in Yangon. The Burmese government introduced the new flag in the lead up to the elections in 2010.

Adaptive Management in Myanmar – draft paper on Pyoe Pin for comment

By Duncan Green
07 Apr 2018
Duncan Green looking for comments on his draft A4EA paper examining adaptive techniques in aid programming in Myanmar. The first and perhaps most important conclusion from the research is the need to distinguish adaptive management and adaptive programming.

Photo of Ian Scoones, Research Fellow

Emancipatory rural politics in the face of authoritarian populism

By Ian Scoones
04 Apr 2018
The need for a new narrative to counter authoritarian populism, one that is popular, inclusive and progressive was a common call – also cross-class, intersectional and human rights grounded.

Photo of Nathan Oxley, Communications Assistant, STEPS Centre

Cambridge Analytica: more is at stake than votes

By Nathan Oxley
04 Apr 2018
Like all good propagandists, CA’s currency is emotion: not only hopes and dreams, but fear and loathing.

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