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My IDS journey

IDS alum Pamela Hajal discusses her time studying her MA Development Studies at IDS and how it has gone on to influence and shape her career. Watch a video of Pamela's interview or read it in full below. What course did you study and why did you decide to study at IDS? My name is Pamela...

3 February 2023

Opinion

Waves of change: Emerging pastoral advocacy and representation in India

After years of neglect and misunderstanding by the state, pastoralists from across India were invited to Delhi by the Honorable Union Minister Parshottam Rupala, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, for an interaction to understand the state of the livelihood in the country on...

Rashmi Singh

3 February 2023

Opinion

Negotiating ‘belonging’ in Zimbabwe’s land reform areas

Much of the debate about land reform in Zimbabwe focuses on the material, livelihood consequences of getting new land and its politics, but what does it feel like? How does land reform alter the sense of belonging to a place, the forms of identity and the nature of citizenship? These themes are...

2 February 2023

Opinion

Pandemic Portraits: Disability & Covid-19 in Bangladesh & Liberia

Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it. In particular, the pandemic has significantly affected the lives of people with disabilities, with many facing additional barriers in access to services, increased isolation and increased risks of poor health and social outcomes. To strengthen...

31 January 2023

Opinion

Can the US and China cooperate to support development in Africa?

There is no doubt that we have a greater chance of supporting development in Africa, and broader global challenges,  if the two super powers of the world cooperate with each other and pull together in the same direction.  IDS Research Fellow and Director of the IDS China Initiative, Jing Gu,...

31 January 2023

Student Opinion

Feeling at home – how IDS is like a small, unique family

O’bai Conteh graduated from the IDS MA Gender & Development in 2018. His studies at IDS were supported by the IDS Graduate Scholarship programme. We caught up with O’Bai about why he chose this Master’s, how it helped his career and what it was like to study at IDS. Watch a video of...

O'bai Conteh

30 January 2023

Opinion

Tackling neglected diseases for health equity and social justice

For World NTD Day (30 January), Professor Gail Davey, looks at why it is crucial that we act now and together to end NTDs and says that NTD programmes can no longer be considered in isolation from endemic country health systems. Gail is Co-Director of the IDS-partnered NIHR 5S Foundation, which...

Gail Davey

30 January 2023

Opinion

Durdin-er Diaries: chronicles of hard times in Bangladesh

Which governance channels do people whose livelihoods and incomes were severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic navigate while attempting to bounce back? Through a joint IDS and BIGD research project we aim to answer this question by exploring the trajectories of recovery, coping strategies,...

27 January 2023

Student Opinion

The top five questions we get asked by prospective students

Choosing a Master’s degree is a big decision, and we know that the application process can throw up a lot of questions for prospective students considering studying at IDS. Below, we’ve answered the top five questions we get asked about studying at IDS. Am I qualified / will I get...

26 January 2023

Student Opinion

How diversity has impacted my experience at IDS

Yasmin Almeida Lobato Morais is a student on the MA Power, Participation & Social Change. In this blog post Yasmin reflects on the diversity, new connections, deep conversations, and complex thinking that have shaped her experience at IDS. Before I came to IDS, I was living with my family in my...

Yasmin Almeida Lobato Morais, MA Power, Participation & Social Change, 2023

25 January 2023

Student Opinion

Top five things students love about studying at IDS

We sat down with a group of our current students to find out what they liked most about studying at IDS. Here are the top five reasons they gave! It only takes a year to get a Master’s degree in the UK The quicker timeframe for achieving a Master’s degree is a big plus, as it helps to...

24 January 2023