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Covid-19 research exposes food security crisis for women and informal workers

Experts are calling for national level policy reforms to protect the food and livelihood security of those hardest hit by Covid-19 – women and workers in the informal economies of low- and middle-income countries. This includes jobs such as street sellers, market traders and domestic workers....

13 July 2021

News

IDS alum, Paul Howe appointed new Feinstein Director

IDS alum, Dr Paul Howe will assume leadership of the Feinstein International Centre on 1 September 2021. Howe graduated from IDS with a PhD by Research in Development Studies in 2004. His PhD thesis was on famine in southern Sudan. He was supervised by IDS Fellow Stephen Devereux. Stephen...

13 July 2021

News

UK MPs vote for foreign aid cut

The UK's House of Commons held a vote today (Tuesday 13 July) in which the majority of MPs voted in favour of supporting the Government decision to reduce the UK's aid budget from 0.7 percent of national income to 0.5 percent. Earlier today the Chancellor of the  Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, set...

13 July 2021

News

Deteriorating situation for religious minorities in Pakistan

The UK parliamentary International Development Committee heard evidence on Tuesday (29 June) from Professor Mariz Tadros on the situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, as part of the Committees’ inquiry on UK aid to Pakistan. In her role as Director of the IDS-based Coalition for...

30 June 2021

Opinion

Opinion

Has basic income finally arrived in South Africa?

Sunday 25 July was a historic day for social protection in South Africa. It is the day that Basic Income might well have arrived. During his regular televised ‘family gathering’ to update the nation about Covid-19, President Ramaphosa announced: 'we are reinstating the Social Relief of...

28 July 2021

Impact Story

Informing UK international development policy

The IDS-led K4D programme had an active year informing health provision, boosting understanding of water security, reacting rapidly to calls for evidence on Covid-19 – and providing evidence and learning to help optimise the UK’s international development policymaking. K4D – the...

26 July 2021

Opinion

State surveillance of citizens reaches far beyond Pegasus

The Pegasus spyware story is just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond the software developed by the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, there is a multi-million-pound global market in which companies compete to profit from helping states to illegally spy on their own citizens. Rightly there has...

23 July 2021