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Reconfiguring rural authority after land reform

By Ian Scoones
17 Apr 2018
As part of a series of short reviews of new work on agriculture and land in Zimbabwe, Ian Scoones reviews a Grasian Mkodzongi's excellent paper on the reconfiguration of rural authority in the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme,

Rubbish in an open area by a housing block in a part of Karachi, Pakistan.

How can community-based waste management address Pakistan’s waste crisis?

By Patrick Schröder, Richard Gower
16 Apr 2018
A community-based waste management project in Pakistan reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves public health, creates jobs and offers a remarkable ten dollars in benefits for every dollar invested in it.

Penny Mordaunt visits school with World Bank

The mission for global Britain - 7 reflections on where next for 0.7

By Hannah Corbett
12 Apr 2018
Reflections on the UK Secretary of State for International Development's vision for UK Aid and Development.

Why killing reindeer is poor science

09 Apr 2018
The Norwegian state has ordered Sami reindeer owners to reduce the size of their herds to the ‘carrying capacity’ deemed acceptable by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, arguing that high stocking rates detrimentally affect the fragile tundra ecosystem.

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Emancipatory rural politics in the face of authoritarian populism

By Ian Scoones
04 Apr 2018
The need for a new narrative to counter authoritarian populism, one that is popular, inclusive and progressive was a common call – also cross-class, intersectional and human rights grounded.

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Cambridge Analytica: more is at stake than votes

By Nathan Oxley
04 Apr 2018
Like all good propagandists, CA’s currency is emotion: not only hopes and dreams, but fear and loathing.
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Cattle - Image credit Fiona MacGinty-O’Neill via Flickr

Beef, borders and Brexit: why livestock movement is essential

By Ian Scoones
16 Mar 2018
In this latest PASTRES blog, Ian Scoones argues that flexible movement is essential for most livestock systems. The prospect of a hard border in Ireland when the UK leaves the European Union is causing many concerns as movement is likely to be curtailed.

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What does 'the landscape of opportunity' look like for youth in rural Africa?

By Jim Sumberg
16 Mar 2018
Our IFAD and APRA-funded work on youth and the rural economy in Africa has brought into focus the notion of a “landscape of opportunity”. Our assumption is that a better understanding how rural landscapes of rural opportunity are structured, and how they are “read” by different young people (and others), should enable more compelling research, and effective policy and programming.

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

Mining and agriculture: diversified livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
12 Mar 2018
Ian Scoones reviews Easther Chigumira's recently published work in The Journal of Rural Studies.

New IDS Bulletin covers

The IDS Bulletin - Fifty Years Old and Still Going Strong

By Alison Norwood
09 Mar 2018
This year sees the IDS Bulletin celebrating 50 years in publication, the last two of these as gold open access. At this time it seems appropriate to reflect on how going open access has changed the journal so far, and what future directions might be.

Jubilee human pie chart by Paul Miller - Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

How do ordinary people get to have a say in their economic future?

By Jodie Thorpe
09 Mar 2018
Where do people have a real voice in economic decisions that affect their future? Jodie Thorpe writes about why we need to explore and better understand how linking economic growth to broader goals of justice and sustainability can work in practice

graduating by the sea

How I got a full Rotary International scholarship for my Master degree

By Mina Chiang
06 Mar 2018
Last year I started a master’s in Development Studies at IDS with support from Rotary International. By sharing my own first-hand experience, this blog post aims to guide future IDS students on how to get scholarship funding.

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

Panic, privilege and politics: South Africa’s land debate

By Ian Scoones
05 Mar 2018
In recent days, South Africa's land reform issue, always bubbling under the surface in South Africa’s unresolved post-apartheid settlement, has burst into the limelight.

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