Opinion

< previous 1 2 3 next >

Duncan Green with How Change Happens book

Empowerment and accountability in messy places: what’s the latest?

By Duncan Green
19 Oct 2017
What is different about the way change happens in fragile, conflict and violent settings? My conclusion is that to understand these places, thinking about complex systems and power, broadly defined, is even more necessary than in more stable settings.

INDIA Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Taxis pass a homeless family living on a street in a Muslim quarter of the city centre near Mohammed Ali Road.
Credit: Martin Roemers / Panos

The anonymous self and the city: reflections on homelessness

By Hadeer El Shafie
19 Oct 2017
IDS’s Hadeer El Shafie explains why and how we must challenge orthodox approaches to homelessness

Photo of Justin Flynn, Rural Futures Research Officer

Youth savings – it’s a family affair (Part II)

By Justin Flynn, Jim Sumberg
18 Oct 2017
Having grown in popularity in recent years youth savings groups are promoted as an ideal way to promote financial inclusion in Africa, particularly among young people. Yet, are the assumptions that underpins these groups correct?

Lidia Cabral photo

Tractor-powered modernisation for the few

By Lidia Cabral
18 Oct 2017
Tractors are back in the spotlight as a prime symbol of a modernisation vision for African agriculture. Lidia Cabral asks who will be the winners and losers of the latest tractorisation wave sweeping across Sub-Saharan Africa?

Photo of Pauline Oosterhoff, Research Fellow, Participation Power and Social Change

Robots against Slavery?

By Pauline Oosterhoff
18 Oct 2017
Globally, an estimated 40.3 million adults and children are trapped in modern slavery. Could automation liberate millions from the horrors of breaking stones by hand, embroidering handkerchiefs, picking and cleaning cotton, or painting plastic bangles?

IDS opinion on international development, news and research via our blogs

How do we decide what we research?

By Terry Cannon
17 Oct 2017
Most of us might assume that we are ‘free’ to research what we want. But Terry Cannon is concerned that we are increasingly deluded about our ability to make independent and self-determined choices.

Unsustainable development practices make people more vulnerable to disasters. This is particularly true for growing urban populations who are often faced with poorly planned, badly built or informal housing and infrastructure. Currently, there are about 1 billion people living in mega slums without access to basic services and often on high-risk areas, as illustrated in Villa El Salvador, in Lima, Peru. If the expansion of unregulated, informal settlements continues to be the main mechanism for absorbing urban growth, there will be a commensurate increase in both extensive and intensive disaster risk, as well as urban poverty.
Photo by Melissa Farlow / AURORA - UN ISDR on Flickr

UN-Habitat and the New Urban Agenda – one year after Habitat III

By Roger Williamson
17 Oct 2017
Reflections on the current status of UN-Habitat and how we might move towards a more effective approach to urban work in the UN and beyond.

Clucking Harvest - Mark Seton/Flickr

On World Food Day is Brexit an opportunity to rethink our food system?

By Vivienne Benson
16 Oct 2017
With food poverty, obesity and diabetes on the rise, today of all days, World Food Day, reminds us that food systems are not fit for purpose. Watch interviews with UK farmers and hear what they think we need to do change this picture.

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

How do we transform our food systems?

By Elise Wach
16 Oct 2017
On World Food Day, Elise Wach argues that in relation to food and farming it is becoming increasingly apparent that working within our existing economic and social systems will not result in the changes that we need. How can we transform our food systems?

Alan Dangour

Sustainable Farming Systems for Food and Nutrition Security

By Alan Dangour
13 Oct 2017
As the SDGs call for the end of hunger and prevention of malnutrition by 2030 Alan Dangour, partner of Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) argues that sustainable agriculture and food systems have to be at the heart of this process.

< previous 1 2 3 next >
< previous 1 2 3 next >

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

BZ Mavedzenge: the loss of a true public servant

By Ian Scoones
04 Sep 2017
Blasio Zivengwa Mavedzenge (better known simply as BZ) tragically died following a car crash. Another terrible loss in the global carnage of road traffic accidents, which claim 1.3 million people each year… Continue reading ?

Mumbai floods 2017

A tale of two cities: flooding in Houston and Mumbai – time to learn?

By Hans Nicolai Adam, Lyla Mehta, D. Parthasarathy
01 Sep 2017
Images of flooding from Houston and Mumbai have shown the vulnerabilities that an urbanised world faces. Yet this is not the first time that epic rainfalls have been so destructive, what can governments and the global community learn from these floods?

< previous 1 2 3 next >

View blogs by theme or research cluster



Search by author


Search by date range

Search Blog Entries

Enter search criteria