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An opposition demonstrators holds a Venezuelan flag in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 15, 2014. Protesters gathered to demand the president's resignation, denouncing him over grievances ranging from political repression to daily issues such as inflation, shortages of basic products, and rampant crime.REUTERS/Jorge Silva.

Maduro’s new Constitution: more authoritarianism for Venezuela

By Maria Aguado Álvarez de Sotomayor, Lizbeth Navas-Aleman
24 May 2017
Venezuela is a country in political as well as economic turmoil. Far from abating the crisis by deepening democracy, President Maduro's proposed constitutional reforms are more likely to secure the ruling party’s grip on power.

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Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

By James Georgalakis
24 May 2017
Are scholars really so out of touch with the real world or do we need to look again at this tired narrative that doesn’t reflect the reality of modern academia.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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What should the priorities be for the new WHO Director-General?

By Melissa Leach, Annie Wilkinson, Ian Scoones, Hayley MacGregor
23 May 2017
As leaders come together for the 70th World Health Assembly and make the choice of the next Director General, they have some major challenges ahead, but what should their priorities be? IDS researchers set out what they think should be at the top of the list.

Patrick Schroeder, Research Fellow with the Green Transformations research cluster at IDS

What is the link between productivity, circular economy and the SDGs?

By Patrick Schroeder
22 May 2017
Asia’s development over the last decades has been characterised by rapid economic growth, fast-paced development, urbanisation, and rising household incomes. Increases in productivity have been one of the main factors underpinning these trends.

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative

By Ian Scoones
22 May 2017
Launched this week the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is being launched will be confronting the forces of authoritarian populism in rural areas, and exploring emancipatory alternatives.

Students celebrating graduation

A strong higher education sector can help retain UK's global influence

By Adam Tickell, Melissa Leach
18 May 2017
As the UK prepares to exit the European Union and reposition itself on the global stage, IDS Director, Melissa Leach and University of Sussex Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, argue that a new UK government must continue to support the higher education sector.

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Côte d’Ivoire: mutiny may be over, but the army’s problems are not

By Jeremy Allouche, Oswald Padonou
17 May 2017
Reforming a fragmented army will be tough in Côte d’Ivoire’s tense atmosphere. Could foreign deployment provide an alternative solution? Jeremy Allouche writes for African Arguments.

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Automation and the future of work; bringing women into the debate

By Becky Faith
17 May 2017
Becky Faith shares insights from the biggest Artificial Intelligence business conference on how businesses are viewing the digital economy - and its potential impact on all members of society.

Belt and Road Forum sign at bus stop

China’s Belt and Road Initiative – a game-changer, but which game?

By Melissa Leach
15 May 2017
Fresh from attending the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, IDS Director Melissa Leach considers how China's $900 billion initiative will change international development.

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

Women and land: challenges of empowerment

By Ian Scoones
15 May 2017
Rights to land for women have been enshrined in law in Zimbabwe, but the practice of law in reality often has not delivered women's empowerment and rights. This must change, but how?

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Availability of ambulances at sub-County level has not only translated into availability of referral maternal are but also of reachability of referral facilities and services.

Decentralising maternal healthcare in Kenya: who’s happy and who’s not

03 Apr 2017
In this blog, the third in a series on Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa, researchers from Kenya dramatize – through Kenyan storytelling – their recent study on citizens’ perceptions of the impact of decentralisation on healthcare in Kenya.

How are the children of Zimbabwe’s land reform beneficiaries making a living?

By Ian Scoones
03 Apr 2017
How have young people who grew up on farms allocated to their parents as part of the 'fast-track' land reform fared in the period after leaving school?

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