Publications



This is the front cover to the book, 'Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Eastern and Southern Africa'.

Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Eastern and Southern Africa

Book (2017)

For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been the dominant paradigm in water resources. This book explores how ideas of IWRM are being translated and adapted in Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 483, 'Africa’s Youth Employment
Challenge: New Perspectives'.

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives

IDS Bulletin 48.3 (2017)

Who are the youth and what is the problem? Are entrepreneurship and self-employment the solution? And what about youth aspirations? Such questions are addressed in this issue of the IDS Bulletin, drawing from the literature on how development research affects policy and noting that it says little about how young researchers move into policy engagement. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 483, 'Africa’s Youth Employment
Challenge: New Perspectives'.

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives

IDS Bulletin 48.3 (2017)

Who are the youth and what is the problem? Are entrepreneurship and self-employment the solution? And what about youth aspirations? Such questions are addressed in this issue of the IDS Bulletin, drawing from the literature on how development research affects policy and noting that it says little about how young researchers move into policy engagement. More details


IDS publications on international development research

Urban Resettlement in Colombo from a Wellbeing Perspective: Does Development-Forced Resettlement Lead to Improved Wellbeing?

Journal of Refugee Studies (2017)

This article tries to determine how resettlement and associated social, cultural and economic transformations impact on beneficiaries' sense of wellbeing in the medium term. We examine how displacement and resettlement determine material, relational and subjective dimensions of wellbeing among the affected communities. More details


This is the cover to the report 'Precarious Lives'.

Precarious Lives: Or Why it's Vital to Protect the Right to Food in the Face of Market Volatility

The global food crisis of 2007-11 left food prices higher and more volatile than they had been for a generation. The Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project explored the everyday aspects of people's lives, as they responded to this change in prices. The project found that people are no longer experiencing price rises as shocks but rather as a constant pressure, particularly as wages are no More details


IDS publications on international development research

Poverty Reduction or the Financialization of Poverty?

Is microfinance really all about resolving poverty, or are there perhaps other strategic goals at play? This chapter discusses the evidence around the poverty impact of microfinance and the broader political economy of microfinance. More details


IDS publications on international development research

Public Goods Provision Aided by Microfinance: Thanks to Groupthink and Ideological Blinkers, It’s a Success

This chapter explores the controversial issue of how the microfinance sector has prized its way into the provision of public goods. Using a case study of water and sanitation in Andhra Pradesh, it delves into the contradictions involved in using credit to provide vital infrastructure. More details


IDS publications on international development research

Investment in Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuel Prices and Policy Implications for Latin America and the Caribbean

Financing for Development 264 (2017)

This paper examines if recent sharp declines in the price of oil and other fossil fuels will discourage private investment in renewable energy, which is key for climate change mitigation. The increase in private renewables investment in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region have been driven by sharp declines in costs alongside supportive policies. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Policy Briefing 142, 'Improving Livelihoods Through
Better Road and Water Integration and Planning'.

Improving Livelihoods Through Better Road and Water Integration and Planning

IDS Policy Briefing 142 (2017)

Poorly planned roads can negatively affect rural dwellers by damaging land-based assets, through water logging and erosion. However, by modifying the flows of water and the quantity of surface and groundwater available, roads can also have positive impacts on the lives and livelihoods of affected populations. More details


IDS publications on international development research

Heirloom Rice in Ifugao: An 'Anti-Commodity' in the Process of Commodification

The Journal of Peasant Studies (2017)

‘Heirloom rice’ is a boundary concept that enables social entrepreneurs to commodify traditional landraces. More details


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