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Child receiving Tuberculosis medicine in South Sudan with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNDP.

Photo: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol

Making health a human right, not a privilege

By Ayako Ebata
12 Dec 2017
This week, Tokyo welcomes the Universal Health Coverage Forum, setting a platform to discuss ways in which all people, whether rich or poor, are entitled to access high quality medical services.

Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu presents at the Accountability for Health Equity Conference

What does accountability for health equity mean in southern Africa?

By Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu
11 Dec 2017
Cynthia Ngwalo-Lungu reflects on the southern African experience of shaping accountability in health systems.

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Two speeches for ‘new era’ Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
11 Dec 2017
IDS's Ian Scoones shares his emerging sense of what the ‘new era’ might bring for Zimbabwe's land and agriculture policies

still from the War Child campaign film, 2017

Powerful War Child film points towards a new kind of aid ethos

By Ben Ramalingam
07 Dec 2017
Stirred by the recent award-winning War Child campaign film, IDS’s Ben Ramalingam shares his personal reflections on the need to move away from stereotypical representations of victims of conflict and poverty, towards a new narrative for aid.

Decolonisation of Higher Education in South Africa: Case of Rhodes University

By Mina Chiang
06 Dec 2017
What is the historical narrative of colonisation in South Africa? What was the turning point that shed light on the overthrow of apartheid and then on decolonisation?

An older man on a raft with bags of waste like plastic bottles and bags, floating on a river.

Closing the Plastic Waste Loop - how do waste pickers contribute?

By Patricia Noble , Patrick Schröder
05 Dec 2017
The effects of the transition from the linear to circular economy, on informal waste pickers in developing countries is a pivotal issue for inclusive livelihoods, particularly Brazil and India, but the question that remains is who will drive this change?

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Why title deeds aren’t the solution to land tenure problems

By Ian Scoones
04 Dec 2017
Ian Scoones discusses the issues raised in a new book on titling and tenure: a big issue for policy in Zimbabwe.
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A large sculpture of a shark made out of plastic waste found in the ocean.

Ocean plastic pollution - what role can social science play?

By Patrick Schröder
29 Nov 2017
IDS is partnering with the EU, UN, Chatham House and other organisations to host a high level side event on circular economy solutions to tackling ocean plastic pollution, during this year’s United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi (4-6 December).

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The role of evidence in a changing world

28 Nov 2017
"And the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32), however, amid all the post-truth politics, fake news and alternative facts, what hope is here for evidence-based policies?

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“The path to prosperity starts with land reform”, says the Economist

By Ian Scoones
27 Nov 2017
The Economist seems to have joined the ranks of the radical agrarianistas. 'What has happened?', asks Ian Scoones.

data word cloud

Where are the data ethicists?

By Alice Webb, Grace Lyn Higdon
24 Nov 2017
With increasing time pressures and a need to validate assumptions, there is growing concern that sound data ethics are seen as a luxury but as a recent discussion at IDS concluded, good data ethics are essential if research is to have meaningful impact.

Photo of Shandana Mohmand

Is 'post-truth' simply about weakened accountability relationships?

By Shandana Khan Mohmand
24 Nov 2017
For those working in the business of producing evidence for policy decisions, a "post-truth" world presents newer challenges and a growing audience that appears to have little regard for expert opinions. But is post-truth just an old problem with a new name?

Arid soils in Mauritania. Crops failed because of a severe drought and the Sahel region faced a major food crisis in 2012. Over 700,000 people were affected in Mauritania and 12 million across West Africa.

Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Affecting change in fragile countries is more art, than science

By Jaideep Gupte
21 Nov 2017
Using agriculture to improve in fragile contexts involves a fine balance between the political will and the capacity of the state. In this blog post Jaideep Gupte argues that it is a fallacy to think that development is a technical matter alone.

Decolonising Gender and Development: a personal reflection

By Ya Gan
21 Nov 2017
It turns out that issues around colonialism have slipped under my radar in my studies of gender and development, which seemed puzzling at first, but actually became part of the story in the end.

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A very Zimbabwean (not) coup

By Ian Scoones
21 Nov 2017
It has been a dramatic week in Zimbabwe. No-one could have predicted this, and no-one can guess what will happen next. Ian Scoones will not try, but in this blog offers a brief summary of events and links to useful commentary.

Photo of Keetie Roelen, Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Protection, IDS

Poverty is also a psychosocial problem

By Keetie Roelen
20 Nov 2017
Only when policymakers grasp that dignity and self-respect are prerequisites in the struggle against privation - will the world have a fighting chance to eradicate poverty in all its forms argues Keetie Roelen in Project Syndicate.

This is the image for the Briefing that highlights cross-sector WASH solutions for diseases.

Briefing highlights cross-sector WASH solutions for diseases

By Naomi Marks
20 Nov 2017
IDS has co-produced the first of four briefings offering new interdisciplinary thinking to help combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a diverse collection of infections effecting more than 1.4 billion mainly poor and vulnerable people worldwide.

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