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UNGA74: governments must commit to social science for ‘health for all’

As global leaders come together for the 74th UN General Assembly, a major focus will be the High-Level Meeting: ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’ on 23 September. This is a global opportunity to mobilise the highest political support for the achievement...

19 September 2019


IDS alum, Mujtaba Piracha, appointed as envoy to World Trade Organization

Dr Muhammad Mujtaba Piracha has been appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Piracha, a governance expert specialising in public financial management, completed his PhD at IDS in 2016. His PhD thesis was on sub-national taxation. His...

18 September 2019


IDS Bulletin asks whose power matters when it comes to food?

As debates around plant-based diets for the health of the planet continue to occupy public and political discourse, the latest IDS Bulletin argues that there is an urgent need to understand the diverse perspectives involved in the food system for a sustainable future. Drawing attention to the...

2 September 2019


Climate and inequality highlighted as biggest global challenges

As IDS begins to develop its upcoming five-year strategy (2020-25), reflecting on recent years and our current strategy, and thinking about where global development is headed. We have been asking others on Twitter what they think are the critical global challenges of our time, and what is needed...

14 August 2019


Call for Session Proposals: Contested Natures – Pollen Conference 2020

The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Third Biennial Conference will be held in Brighton, United Kingdom on 24-26 June 2020 on the theme of Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration. The organisers have issued a call for proposals for themed sessions in a variety of both...

7 August 2019

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Donor interventions toward public authority in Jordan and Lebanon

The Syrian Crisis has caused the influx of over 900,000 refugees to Lebanon and over 650,000 to Jordan as of June 2019. In Jordan, 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of established refugee camps, while Lebanon adopted a policy against encampment altogether. As such, refugees in both countries...

IMPACT Initiatives

12 September 2019