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Santiago Ripoll

Whose problem? Fixing our food systems

By Santiago Ripoll
22 Jun 2017
You’ve heard it all before. Our food system is flawed, or more accurately, doomed. Santiago Ripoll argues that it is collective action not individual action that will fix our food system.

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Part of Grenfell Tower, after the tragic fire, as seen from near Notting Hill Methodist Church, London. June 16, 2017.
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Globally, the fires of inequality rage on

By Jaideep Gupte
20 Jun 2017
The fire at Grenfell Tower in London brings home the deep inequalities and class struggle that underwrite the global housing crisis.

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Participatory video processes: building inclusive community-led change

By Jackie Shaw
20 Jun 2017
Whilst the use of participatory video (PV) has expanded across the development sector, care needs to be taken regards its context, ethics and application. A new IDS course explores the techniques and practice of using PV for inclusive, community-led change.

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Bilateral Investment Treaties: on the eve of a major reform?

By Carlos Fortin
20 Jun 2017
Ecuador recently announced the termination of all its bilateral investment treaties signed since 1968. It's the latest installment in the ongoing international controversy around such treaties and in particular their compensation clause for foreign investors.

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'Nothing about us without us!': the Philippines' approach to Zero Open Defecation

19 Jun 2017
Following the workshop which looked at how best to support the poorest and most vulnerable in sanitation at scale, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF facilitated a one-day workshop for Government and partners in the Philippines on the 29th May 2017.

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

Land dispute resolution in Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
19 Jun 2017
The reconfiguring of land use and ownership through land reform has generated a range of disputes. Having a transparent approach for dispute resolution is vital. This is a key task for the Zimbabwe Land Commission, as the third blog in the series argues.

Civilisation at the edge of nature: Mousuni Island in The Sundarbans

By Subir Dey
16 Jun 2017
Subir Dey reflects on his trip to the Moushuni Islands of Sundarbans, India, where he asks if the sinking islands reflect a new era of climate change.

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Women's empowerment through nutrition programming in Guatemala

By Sally Smith
14 Jun 2017
How participatory action learning has been contributing to improved gender-sensitive programming in Guatemala.

IDS Research Fellow Seife Ayele

Bridging the research-policy gap: Africa’s youth employment challenge

By Seife Ayele
13 Jun 2017
Seife Ayele, co-editor of the latest IDS Bulletin on Africa's youth employment challenge, highlights the importance of bridging the research to policy gap and explains how an IDS and Mastercard initiative is helping

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Supporting the least able in sanitation improvement (part 2)

13 Jun 2017
Having worked with UNICEF on the post-Typhoon Haiyan sanitation & hygiene recovery strategy 2014-15, the UNICEF-IDS workshop enabled me to revisit typhoon-affected areas to see to what extent people had been able to rebuild their lives in the last two years.

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Digital technologies exclude

By Tony Roberts
02 May 2017
I've recently been in the Philippines researching participatory technology initiatives designed to include citizens in governance programmes. Surprisingly I came back more concerned about how digital technologies can exclude the most marginalised.

Tobacco and contract farming in Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
01 May 2017
How does commercial agriculture and contract farming affect agrarian dynamics? Ian Scoones talks about work in Zimbabwe's Mazowe district over the last few years.

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