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The power of partnerships for development progress

There is increasing attention on how to develop cutting edge research in close collaboration with those that are most likely to benefit from it. So I very much welcomed the recent exciting event and new publication focused on research-policy partnerships in international development. The...

Diana Dalton

22 July 2019

Opinion

Reviving democracy: from crisis to innovation

Across the world, there is a new problem that we have in common: the crisis of democracy. But while this presents serious challenges, defining it as a global problem also opens up new pathways of learning from each other– not only about the nature of this crisis but also the solutions to...

Selen Ercan

18 July 2019

Impact Story

Building capacity to ensure smart, sustainable and inclusive cities

‘Smart cities’ use new technologies to meet their most pressing urban challenges and become more sustainable. IDS researchers have been investigating how inclusive these solutions really are, with a focus on a large-scale smart cities initiative in India. The Indian government’s Smart...

9 July 2019

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Bringing much-needed rigour to debates on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the world’s largest infrastructure plan with the potential to accelerate progress towards global sustainability. Whether it can live up to this promise is the subject of intense, often polarised debate. Some point to the BRI’s alignment to the...

9 July 2019

Opinion

Exploring how to improve wellbeing for urban refugees and their hosts

Huge numbers of people continue to flee the world’s most intractable conflicts. Many of these refugees are not destined for camps, but are increasingly channelled into urban informal settlements, chiefly in developing countries. With few signs of this abating, IDS has been working to improve...

9 July 2019

Impact Story

Mutual learning and accountability for universal health coverage

Ensuring everyone in the world has access to decent healthcare is the concept behind universal health coverage. This ambition is part of the Global Goals, but has been on international agendas since 1978, when the Alma-Ata Declaration identified primary healthcare as key to attaining health for...

9 July 2019