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Cultural heritage preservation: development’s enabling role?

By Mariz Tadros
23 Feb 2018
What can development thinking contribute to heritage preservation, and particular, what approaches can be applied to ensure communities, including marginalised groups within them, have a say in what constitutes heritage worth capturing and preserving.

1978 Alma Ata meeting where the agreement was declared 40 years ago.

40 years since Alma Ata: It's back to the future for Health for All

By Tom Barker
20 Feb 2018
40 years on from the signing of the international Alma Ata declaration in Almaty, Kazakhstan, primary health care is once again been highlighted as the key to the attainment of Health for All by a ‘new’ global movement.

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Advancing science, advancing partnerships – but of what kinds?

By Melissa Leach
19 Feb 2018
Professor Melissa Leach reports back from the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting – a vast annual jamboree that attracts upwards of 5,000 scientists, science journalists and policymakers from across the US and across the world.

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

New Matasa Fellows to make youth employment in Africa their priority

By Marjoke Oosterom, Seife Ayele, Dominic Glover
19 Feb 2018
Africa is the world’s youngest region. Yet, of its 420 million youth, one-third are unemployed. We are delighted to welcome the Matasa Fellows to explore the role of the private sector in addressing youth unemployment and underemployment in Africa.

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

Morgan Tsvangirai: a leader and a fighter

By Ian Scoones
19 Feb 2018
Morgan Tsvangirai has died. Zimbabwe has lost a great leader, a true fighter. As founder of the Movement for Democratic Change he was the first opposition leader in Zimbabwe to emerge from outside the ruling party...

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What can we truly learn from impact studies?

By Giel Ton
15 Feb 2018
Giel Ton reflects on his work with the Centre for Development Impact on the usefulness of impact studies for the outside world.

Women at Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India. Credit: Sandeepatchetan.com travel photography (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Should development concern itself with cultural heritage preservation?

By Mariz Tadros
14 Feb 2018
Cultural heritage is rarely associated with people living in poverty or on the margins. New blog series on intangible cultural heritage and development will revisit the themes of social cohesion, inclusion and sustainability and set out new propositions.

Kuala Lumpur Mass Rail Transit. Chris Stowers / Panos

WUF9: lessons in urban transformations for Asia’s aspirational cities

By Beatriz Aguirre Martinez
09 Feb 2018
IDS's Beatriz Aguirre highlights how the fast development of some cities tells a story of efficiency and success, but also that of urban opulence that provokes inter-city rivalry and the territorial displacement of the poorest citizens.

Photo of Ian Scoones, Research Fellow

Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension

By Ian Scoones
08 Feb 2018
Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity – all inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities. Mobilising alternatives to capture by regressive political forces is not straightforward.

Photo of Kelly Shephard, IDS Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit

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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Chris Smaje, Vallis Veg

Campesino a campesino: a trip to Nicaragua

03 Jan 2018
Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg, a small farm in the southwest of England reflects on lessons coming from Nicaraguan, Senegalese and British farmers involved in the project on ‘Transitions to agro-ecological food systems’.

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