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IDS Rapid Response Briefings are published by the Institute of Development Studies and aim to provide high level analysis of rapidly emerging and unexpected global events, and their impact on global development policy and practice.

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Is Porn the New Sex Education?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 15 (2016)

Over the past 15 years, internet pornography has become the predominant channel through which young people learn about sex, not just in the developed world, but increasingly in developing countries too. In many developing countries, traditional gatekeepers of sex education, such as governments, religious leaders and parents, still attempt to keep sexuality out of the public sphere. More details


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What Role Does the European Union Play in International Development?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 14 (2016)

As a body of 28 member states and with a combined GDP of close to US$20tn, greater than that of the US, the actions of the European Union (EU) have the potential to impact heavily – either negatively or positively – on international development cooperation. More details


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Can Digital Jobs Solve Africa's Unemployment Crisis?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 13 (2016)

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, a figure projected to double by 2045. As young people look to enter the workforce in Africa many are likely to face unemployment or underemployment, suffering from unsafe, insecure, part-time, poorly paid work. More details


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Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 12 (2016)

Some people do not want to use condoms – because they want to conceive or they perceive that they are a barrier to intimacy. New medication to prevent HIV, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), could provide protection where condoms are not used. More details


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Tackling Gun Violence in India

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 11 (2015)

Gun-related violence has far-reaching adverse impacts on all levels of society. In addition to murder and injury, gun violence can exacerbate cycles of highly localised urban poverty, inequality and vulnerability. More details


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Understanding Insurgent Margins in Kenya, Nigeria and Mali

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 10 (2015)

In recent years, violent insurgency has gripped the margins of Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. Militant Islamist groups have attacked civilian populations, state security personnel and political-administrative officials, spreading insecurity across large areas and exploiting the mistrust between societies at the margins and central authorities. More details


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Understanding The Rising Powers' Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 9 (2015)

Rising powers such as Brazil, India and China have been criticised for being obstructive in the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. More details


Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Relief Efforts

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 8 (2014)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or one billion people, have some form of disability. More details


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Addressing Sexual Violence in and beyond the 'Warzone'

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 7 (2014)

Conflict-related sexual violence remains pervasive across the globe, and its widespread use has been reported in Rwanda, Liberia, Northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. More details


Will Changes to the international Tax System Benefit Low-income Countries?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 6 (2014)

In recent months tax has climbed up the political agenda in ways that would have been unthinkable only a couple of years ago. More details


Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 5 (2013)

In the aftermath of regime ruptures in the Arab world and with the political ascendancy of Islamist groups, there has been a mass exodus of citizens belonging to religious minorities from the region. More details


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Churning Waters: Strategic Shifts in the Nile Basin

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 4 (2013)

This briefing considers the impact of the diplomatic rift between Egypt and Ethiopia in the Nile Basin on broader development in the region and the possible diplomatic and developmental scenarios that could emerge as construction of the GERD dam progresses. More details


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What Next for the BRICS Bank?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 3 (2013)

A new development bank to be created by the 'Rising Powers' of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) is intended to promote greater cooperation between developing countries, and address what is seen by many as a history of misguidance and underinvestment by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). More details


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Zoonoses - From Panic to Planning

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 2 (2013)

Over two thirds of all human infectious diseases have their origins in animals. The rate at which these zoonotic diseases have appeared in people has increased over the past 40 years, with at least 43 newly identified outbreaks since 2004. More details


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After Meles: Implications for Ethiopia's Development

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 1 (2012)

The death of Meles Zenawi in August 2012 has raised a number of questions about Ethiopia's political stability and development trajectory. More details

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