IDS Alumni blog

IDS alumni are located all over the world and after studying at IDS go on to a range of careers in development. This makes the Alumni Blog uniquely placed to represent opinions on development from a diverse range of experience and professions, all of whom have IDS in common. The posts on this blog reflect the opinions of each individual, and not necessarily those of IDS.

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An opposition demonstrators holds a Venezuelan flag in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 15, 2014. Protesters gathered to demand the president's resignation, denouncing him over grievances ranging from political repression to daily issues such as inflation, shortages of basic products, and rampant crime.REUTERS/Jorge Silva.

Maduro’s new Constitution: more authoritarianism for Venezuela

By Maria Aguado Álvarez de Sotomayor, Lizbeth Navas-Aleman
24 May 2017
Venezuela is a country in political as well as economic turmoil. Far from abating the crisis by deepening democracy, President Maduro's proposed constitutional reforms are more likely to secure the ruling party’s grip on power.

Missing Frameworks in the Gender Equality Movement in Indonesia?

By Priliantina Bebasari
06 Feb 2017
IDS alum Priliantina Bebasari shares her reflections on the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence event.

Raphie Kaplinsky Emeritus Fellow

Raphael Kaplinsky reflects on remarkable life of Rok Ajulu

By Raphael Kaplinsky
10 Jan 2017
IDS Emeritus Fellow Raphael Kaplinksy reflects on remarkable life of Professor Rok Ajulu.

Ram Niwas Arya, an IDS alumnus (MPhil Development Studies, 2002-04)

Can the Shakespearean drama of the BRICS avoid being a tragedy?

By Ram Niwas Arya
16 Dec 2016
With economic decline and domestic turbulence in some of the BRICS countries, can they continue to exert influence on the global stage?

Richard Longhurst weighing head loads of harvested sorghum to assess grain production in the north of Nigeria, 1976

Fast forwarding from 1966: a personal odyssey

By Richard Longhurst
15 Dec 2016
Richard Longhurst takes the opportunity of IDS' 50th anniversary to reflect on his own personal odyssey.

IDS in the news

Why a master's in international development is still a popular degree choice

04 Nov 2016
For those considering the lure of the classroom, getting a master’s degree in international development is a popular option. In fact, it was rated the most 'in-demand' degree two years in a row by global development recruiters Devex surveyed.

Ricardo, Melissa, Jethro and Ricardo's Mum at Graduation ceremony at Brighton Dome.

Celebrating PhD success

By Ricardo Santos, Sarah King
01 Aug 2016
Three IDS students, Ricardo Santos, Shilpi Srivastava and Ana Solorzano, recently received their PhD’s. IDS joins Director Melissa Leach in congratulating them on their success.

Alumni Ambassador for Brazil

Brazil in crisis! What is to be done?

By James Allen
12 Jul 2016
With the political crisis in Brasilia looming large, alumni in Brazil met in May to discuss the sustainable development goals and the future of development in Brazil.

IDS opinion on international development, news and research via our blogs

My Chevening Journey: Signing Out

11 Jun 2016
Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo, a recent graduate of the MA Development Studies describes his year at IDS and in the UK as a Chevening Scholar.

Institute of Development Studies blogs

How will the Sustainable Development Goals be implemented in Tanzania?

By Mary Kalavo
19 May 2016
IDS alumni in Tanzania recently came together to celebrate IDS’ 50th Anniversary and discuss how Tanzania can respond effectively to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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