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Defending Online Spaces: a critical issue for development and social justice

The digital revolution and access to online spaces is transforming the ways we communicate, work and organise.  With online spaces and digital equality now also key to mobilising social justice movements and challenging inequities, understanding how to defend online spaces is now a critical...

22 February 2022

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New research calls for focus on social assistance in protracted crises

Globally, the number of crises lasting five years or more – has proliferated in recent decades. Yet, responses to these crises continue to be dominated by humanitarian assistance in response to short-term shocks. The Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research programme is launching a series...

7 February 2022

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New IDS Bulletin: Theory-based evaluation of inclusive business programmes

Increasingly, development funding is directed to programmes aiming to make market systems more favourable for smallholders and low-income consumers of food. The development outcomes of these programmes are not self-evident. Programmes operate in dynamic markets full of uncertainties and...

7 February 2022

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Research coalition to support Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response and recovery

New IDS-coordinated research programme, launched yesterday, will disburse research grants from a fund of £1 million (BDT 12 crores) to support evidence-informed Covid-19 response and recovery and improve preparedness to tackle future crises in Bangladesh. Over 80 representatives from...

4 February 2022

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Meet Smriti RDN Neupane, winner of our 2021 IDS Graduate Scholarship Award

We are delighted to welcome Smriti RDN Neupane as this year’s IDS Graduate Scholarship Award winner. Smriti joined us in September 2021 and is studying the IDS MA in Governance, Development and Public Policy. https://youtu.be/cbuILr3fCbI Smriti has almost a decade of experience working to...

28 January 2022

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Scientists call for International Non-Use Agreement on Solar Geoengineering

A global coalition of over 60 senior climate scientists and governance scholars have launched a global initiative calling for an International Non-Use Agreement on Solar Geoengineering. They argue that deployment of solar geoengineering - speculative technologies that aim to lower global...

18 January 2022

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Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) in 2021

2021 was a standout year for the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D). In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, cuts to Overseas Development Aid, and other challenges, K4D published its 1,000th Helpdesk Report, facilitated its 40th Learning Journey, received 237,600...

17 January 2022

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Between the Lines podcast – Split Waters: The Idea of Water Conflicts

In the new episode of the IDS podcast Between the Lines, IDS Research Fellow Lyla Mehta interviews Luisa Cortesi and K. J. Joy, editors of the book Split Waters: The Idea of Water Conflicts. This book features a fascinating collection of essays that consider the idea of water conflict and how...

14 January 2022

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Celebrating PhD success

Congratulations to all our postgraduate researchers who, despite the restrictions and pressures of the global Covid-19 pandemic, have recently completed their PhD in Development Studies by Research!   The PhD in Development Studies by Research is IDS’s advanced research degree. It is...

10 January 2022

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Professor Blessings Chinsinga appointed as Minister of Local Government

A long term research partner and one of the founding members of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), based at the Institute of Development Studies, has been appointed as Minister of Local Government in Malawi. More recently, Professor Blessings Chinsinga has been core to the Agricultural...

20 December 2021

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Achieving positive transformation in the year ahead: a vision for 2022

The past 12 months have brought yet more radical transformation to global economies, societies and to the environment. From wildfires to floods, pandemic disruption to mass migration, we’re experiencing change at an incredible pace. As we’ve seen, this creates a huge challenge,...

20 December 2021