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Do not forget the most vulnerable people on World Refugee Day

By Tina Nelis, Brigitte Rohwerder
20 Jun 2018
World Refugee Day is a stark reminder that the international community and humanitarian agencies need to do much more to protect the most vulnerable groups, as Tina Nelis and Brigitte Rohwerder from the Humanitarian Learning Centre in their blog post.

This is a photo of Kishore Mahbubani speaking at the World Economic Forum 2016

Richard Jolly reviews Kishore Mahbubani’s Has the West Lost it?’

By Richard Jolly
19 Jun 2018
Richard Jolly reviews Kishore Mahbubani's book, Has the West Lost it?, which sets out the fundamental challenges for the national and international policies and politics of the West.

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

Land invasions in Zimbabwe: a complex story

By Ian Scoones
18 Jun 2018
As part of an ongoing series, Ian Scoones reviews recent work on land invasions in Zimababwe that highlights the confusion, contradictions and ambiguities of Zimbabwe's land reform.

Image credit: Martina de Angeli

Shifting contexts for Maghreb pastoralists

By Michele Nori
14 Jun 2018
Pastoral territories make up two thirds of total land area in the Maghreb, a region in North Africa. While areas of pasture may have shrunk, pastoral territories have reconfigured becasue of technological developments explains Michele Nori.

Photo of Naomi Hossain, IDS Research Fellow

Are fuel riots the food riots of the 21st century?

By Naomi Hossain
13 Jun 2018
Modern life depends on fuel, even while tackling climate change means cutting subsidies for fossil fuels that mainly benefit the rich. Fuel riots seem both common and politically potent, and we have only just noticed them.

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Narratives of scarcity and the global land rush

By Ian Scoones
13 Jun 2018
If the debate about the land rush is to be reframed, allowing alternative pathways of land use and control to emerge, bringing a political scarcity framing to the fore is an essential move, argues Ian Scoones.

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

Zimbabwe’s 2018 election: what do the manifestos say about land?

By Ian Scoones
11 Jun 2018
The Zimbabwe election has been set for 30 July, and some manifestos have been published. Ian Scoones tells us what they say about land and agriculture.

Plastic bag floating in the ocean

Under the surface – the global politics of ocean plastic pollution

By Patrick Schröder
08 Jun 2018
To mark World Oceans Day this blog highlights some of the political issues that need to be resolved to tackle the ocean plastic pollution crisis and the importance of solutions coming from developing countries.

Cape Point - Kyle Taylor

Do we over-emphasise the importance of youth aspirations?

07 Jun 2018
'Aspirations' have a central place in debates about Africa’s youth employment challenge. What factors influence their aspirations? Jim Sumberg explores this question and more in his blog post for Agricultural Policy and Research in Africa.

Credit: Anna Moran / Cumberland Lodge

Debating freedom of religion and belief at Cumberland Lodge

By Clement Arockiasamy
07 Jun 2018
IDS student Clement Arockiasamy shares his experience of participating in Cumberland Lodge’s Programme on 'Emerging international Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB)'.

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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.

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

Barber Shop Tales of Impact

By Kelly Shephard
01 May 2018
Nasir Sobhani gives haircuts to the homeless men and women he meets in Melbourne, Australia. Known as the Streets Barber, Nasir set up an initiative called Clean Cut, Clean Start following his battle with drug addiction.

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