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This is the front cover to the Making All Voice Count (MAVC) summary, 'Taking scale into account in transparency and accountability initiatives'.

Taking Scale into Account in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Research Report Summary (2016)

This research summary is based on one section of a longer research paper by Jonathan Fox. Both the summary and the paper have been co-produced by the Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme – led by the Institute of Development Studies and funded by UK aid from the UK government –and Making All Voices Count. More details


Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities that Leave No One Behind

IDS Policy Briefing 128 (2016)

Half of humanity now lives in urban areas, and a growing number of cities are leading the way in generating global GDP. However, cities have increasingly become key loci of violence over the last 50 years, which particularly affects the most marginalised. More details


State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

IDS Evidence Report 215 (2016)

The signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have called on a wide range of businesses ‘to apply their creativity and innovation’ to address sustainable development challenges. Yet the role of business in contributing to development depends profoundly on its interaction with the state. This paper asks how states and businesses interact in different contexts to shape development outcomes. More details


Interrogating an Engaged Excellence Approach to Research

IDS Evidence Report 214 (2016)

In recent years several debates have emerged about how to make academic research more ‘engaged’. The motivation for these debates has varied from a recognition that engagement can help increase the impact of research, to normative arguments that research needs to engage with those it seeks to help or change, and epistemological arguments that the multifaceted nature of truth necessitates the engagement of multiple perspectives. More details

Non-IDS publication

Industrial Districts in Europe: Policy Lessons for Developing Countries

In the 1970s and 1980s, industrial districts in Europe achieved international competitiveness and attained high employment standards, even though they were based on local small- and medium-sized firms and concentrated on traditional sectors. This makes them of special interest to less-developed countries in the South and East. This paper examines what policy lessons can be drawn from this European experience. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Is Regional Autonomy a Solution to Ethnic Conflict? Some Lessons from a Dynamic Analysis

Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy 22.4 (2016)

Does granting regional autonomy to concentrated minorities appease their demand for sovereignty or instead motivate and enable them to engage in secessionist conflicts? To answer this question is difficult as moves towards federalism and decentralization are themselves the results of strategic interactions between the state and the minorities. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 475, 'Power, Poverty and Inequality'.

Power, Poverty and Inequality

IDS Bulletin 47.5 (2016)

Ten years on from the landmark 2006 edition of the IDS Bulletin that brought us the ‘powercube’ – a practical approach to power analysis that offered a way of confronting its complexity – we return to the question of how to analyse and act on power in development. More details


Gauging Demand for Evidence and Accountability in Impact Investing by using Twitter Social Network Analysis: A Methodology

IDS Evidence Report 213 (2016)

This report explains the methodology used to analyse the demand for evidence and accountability within the impact investment market. Social network analysis, qualitative interviews and ego network analysis were used to explore actors within this market (or system), drawing on data from Twitter to consider connections, influence and conversations about social impact. More details


‘Leave No One Behind’: The Post-2015 Universality Agenda and Youth Employment

IDS Evidence Report 212 (2016)

This report aims to present a clear road map for implementing the new universal agenda of the UN in terms of youth employment. It examines what this might mean for the global youth employment agenda, specifically focusing on a cross-cultural comparison of what young people are actually doing in terms of work and employment. More details

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