IDS Research Summaries

The IDS Research Summary series consists of two-page summaries for publications such as IDS Research Reports or the IDS Bulletin.

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Development and Security in a Changing World'.

A New Deal? Development and Security in a Changing World

IDS Research Summary (2013)

A growing proportion of aid spending now goes into conflict-affected states and conflict prevention. As a result, development and security are increasingly intertwined and this inter-relation is hotly debated. More details


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Multilevel Governance'.

Piecing it Together Post-conflict Security in an Africa of Networked, Multilevel Governance

IDS Research Summary (2013)

How should the various institutions responsible for human security be reconstructed in African states faced with violent conflict? More details


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Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces? - Research Summary

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 76 (2012)

Vietnam has undergone rapid and far-reaching economic transformation. The decentralisation of certain economic powers from central to provincial government has contributed to this success. More details


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A Village-up View of Sierra Leone’s Civil War and Reconstruction Multilayered and Networked Governance - Research Summary

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 75 (2012)

Sierra Leone’s bitter civil war saw the collapse of the state to a large degree, while rural governance systems continued to function. While the international community has tended to focus on rebuilding from the centre outwards, this paper analyses the reconstruction from the perspective of local communities and their chiefs. More details


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Insecurity and Local Governance in Congo’s South Kivu (Research Summary)

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 74 (2012)

For more than 15 years, Congo’s South Kivu province has experienced recurrent war and violence. But while the state collapsed during this time, governance did not entirely disappear. This paper examines how and why local systems of governance survived, and draws lessons for how to rebuild human security. More details


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Lessons from Social Protection Programme Implementation in Kenya, Zambia and Mongolia (Research Summary)

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 69 (2012)

This Research Report (conducted by the Centre for Social Protection at IDS with UNICEF) examines how social protection programming can interrupt the intergenerational transfer of poverty (IGT) through investments in human capital (education, health and nutrition), aiming to capture best practice and enhance lesson learning within a multilateral organisation (UNICEF). More details


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Mapping Police Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Research Summary)

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 71 (2012)

This paper examines the roles, responsibilities and interactions between the various formal and informal institutions and stakeholders involved in the management of police services in the DRC. More details


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Can China Grow Global Brands?

IDS Research Summary (2011)

China is at the forefront of the huge shift in production capabilities from OECD nations to East Asian developing countries. More details


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Digging in, Spreading out and Growing up: Introducing CLTS in Africa

IDS Research Summary of IDS Practice Paper 8 (2011)

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an approach that focuses on community-wide behaviour change to stop open defecation, has spread widely but with varying outcomes in Africa. More details


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Becoming and Remaining a ‘Force for Good’ Reforming the Police in Post-conflict Sierra Leone

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 70 (2011)

Officers of the Sierra Leone police force once drew respect from the public and fear from offenders but were reduced to shabbily-dressed men and women who drew only scorn and mistrust from the community. More details


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States of Citizenship Contexts and Cultures of Public Engagement and Citizen Action

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 363 (2011)

Throughout the 2000s, development agendas have emphasised democratic reform and the promotion of citizenship. More details


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NGOs’ Strategies and the Challenge of Development and Democracy in Bangladesh

IDS Research Report of IDS Working Paper 343 (2011)

In recent years Bangladesh has achieved rising rates of growth and a slow but steady decline in poverty, it has made remarkable progress on the social front in terms of health and education. More details


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Expert Advocacy for the Marginalised How and Why Democratic Mediation Matters to Deepening Democracy in the Global South

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 364 (2011)

Democratic mediation is already a common element in most forms of participatory engagement between citizens and public authorities. More details


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Mobilising the State? Social Mobilisation and State Interaction in India, Brazil and South Africa

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 359 (2011)

The ways in which citizen mobilisations and state actions interact are an underexplored area. More details


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The Politics and Policy of Aid in Spain

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 65 (2011)

In the last years the international community has moved aid effectiveness forward while some debate on aid effectiveness has focused on donor's behaviour and development agencies' practices. More details


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Power, Politics, and Political Entrepreneurs: Realising Universal Free Basic Education in Indonesia

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 358 (2011)

Several developing countries have introduced policies for universal free basic education. But often schools still charge illegal fees, which form a major obstacle to the success of such policies. More details


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The Tobin Tax: A Review of the Evidence

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 68 (2011)

The Tobin tax, a small levy on foreign exchange transactions, should theoretically discourage speculation and thereby stabilise markets. More details


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Infrastructures of Consent Interrogating Citizen Participation Mandates in Indian Urban Governance

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 362 (2011)

This paper examines contemporary practices of participation and consultation in the context of urban governance in India. It builds on earlier critiques of participatory development to explore the ways in which the imperatives of neoliberal restructuring of cities have led to tensions between urban reforms and participatory democracy. More details


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The Last Golden Land? Chinese Private Companies Go to Africa

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 365 (2011)

The widely-held perception of Chinese investment in Africa is that of large state-owned enterprises in search of natural resources. More details


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Does Research Reduce Poverty? Assessing the Welfare Impacts of Policy-oriented Research in Agriculture

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 360 (2011)

This paper seeks to identify different ways of assessing the impact of 'policy-oriented' development research. More details


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