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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.

Photo: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol

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.

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

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?

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

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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Decolonising our minds

By Alexandra Lulache
02 Nov 2017
"What is the unrepresented past within our present?", we are prompted to ask, and how does addressing that affect our understandings of the modern world and who we are as its legitimate citizens?

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