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Them Belly Full (But We Hungry): Food Rights Struggles in Bangladesh, India, Kenya
The green revolution and the global integration of food markets were supposed to relegate scarcity to the annals of history. So why did thousands of people in dozens of countries take to the streets when world food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011? Are food riots the surest route to securing the right to food in the 21st century? More details
"The Constitution Lies To Us": Securing Accountability for the Right to Food in Kenya
Factors rooted in Kenya’s history and political economy have dampened citizen expectations of the state, thwarted popular mobilisation and generated weak state responses. This raises a question of responsibility. In this paper, we explore the failure and efforts to overcome them, before considering how accountability for hunger can be made the norm. More details
Hunger Revolts and Citizen Strikes: Popular Protests in Mozambique, 2008-2012
In February 2008 and September 2010, the cities of Maputo and Matola were the scene of violent protests against the rise in the cost of living, undertaken by groups of ordinary citizens. Immediately afterwards, these protests were replicated in some other Mozambican cities, but on a much smaller scale, and they were quickly brought under control by the police. More details
Workshop Report: Framing Ethics in Impact Evaluation: Where Are We? Which Route Should We Take?
This was an interactive workshop – supported by the Institute of Development Studies’ (IDS) Department for International Development (DFID) Accountable Grant and the University of East Anglia (UEA) – with a view to opening up the debate on ethics in impact evaluation to a wider audience in 2015. More details
Green Transformations - Is There a Fast Track?
The green transformation is different from previous transformations in one critical respect: urgency. This is the first transformation in history to be achieved against a deadline. Hence the question in the title: is there a fast track? This paper seeks answers by addressing five sub-questions: what, why, how, who and when. More details
A Review of Tax Experiments: from the Lab to the Field
Tax revenue mobilisation is attracting increasing attention among researchers and policymakers in developed and developing countries alike. More details
Financing Green Transformations
Different green transformations are more compatible with some types of finance than others, but not all forms of finance are equally abundant. Building on these two facts, this chapter examines the relationship between the financial systems and the types of transformation that might emerge. More details
Planning and Costing to Accelerate Actions for Scaling Up Nutrition
The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement was launched in 2010 to reinvigorate efforts to address undernutrition globally. It brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to strengthen political commitments and improve accountability by providing a platform for collective action in which governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), businesses, donors and the United Nations can work together. More details
Advisory Council Seminar VI, 7 July 2014: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion
This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 7 July 2014 between members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme and IDS RPID staff members. The discussion was held at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. More details
Understanding China’s Approaches to International Development
China’s impressive economic growth and increasing development activities overseas, particularly in the African continent, have spurred intense debate and criticism over its role as a rising power in international development. More details