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Sir David Attenborough backs new report on plastic pollution

Sir David Attenborough has backed a new report revealing the stark health impacts of plastic pollution and rubbish on world’s poorest people.  The report has been co-authored by international relief and development agency Tearfund, conservation charity Fauna and Flora International, IDS and...

14 May 2019


Ian Scoones wins Ester Boserup prize

The 2019 Ester Boserup prize for research on development has been awarded to Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at IDS and co-director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) STEPS Centre. The Ester Boserup prize is ‘awarded to a scholar whose research has improved and deepened...

25 April 2019


Crowdsourcing images on authority in Lebanon and Jordan

As part of the Public Authority and Legitimacy Making (PALM) project in urban Lebanon and Jordan, the team has launched a call for communities to share images to show how authority is exercised by 30 May 2019. These images will contribute to the wider project and research on host-refugee...

17 April 2019

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Could INGOs be the future of evidence for development?

Long gone are the days when academic institutions could claim a monopoly on good quality research on development. Many INGOs (international non-governmental organisations) who acquired their initial experience of research as an advocacy tool now have very significant and sophisticated research...

16 May 2019


Making graduation programmes work for children

Despite progress in the last decade, child poverty remains widespread. Almost 250 million children aged 0-5 in low- and middle-income countries are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential. Poverty reduction is vital for improving children’s chances in life, both now and into the...

10 May 2019