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South Africa decides 2024 part 2: the state of the parties

True or false? First, one country holding elections this year has 350 registered political parties, 52 of which will appear on its national ballot. Second, one of the 350 is named ‘Basic Income Grant’ and promises to give every adult citizen free cash transfers every month. Or third, this...

22 May 2024


Visual methods and working with migrant people in an urban setting

Inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems in off-grid towns are an emerging area of concern as worldwide trends point towards a rapid movement of vulnerable rural populations migrating to towns. WASH systems for vulnerable populations migrating to the cities have always been a...

21 May 2024


Towards a conflict-sensitive role for grassroot organisations in social protection in Sudan

A year of conflict has deepened the dire humanitarian crisis in Sudan. This crisis is deeply rooted in the poor governance of Sudan characterised by concentration of power and resources amongst a network of military, private and political elites. It is a political crisis with roots in a long...

20 May 2024

Student Opinion

Advocating for diversity and accessibility: reflections on a podcast

Jigyasa Agarwal, class of 2023 (Master’s in Governance, Development and Public Policy) guest-edited two episodes of IDS’ Between the Lines podcast. In the episode ‘Intersections in Education: Disability, Development, and Gender’ she interviewed three students from IDS and the...

Jigyasa Agarwal

16 May 2024

Student Opinion

IDS student with invisible disabilities reflects on accessibility

Ana Palma Garcia, graduate of the IDS MA Power, Participation & Social Change, won the DSA’s Masters Dissertation Prize 2024 for her work entitled: “Co-constructing notions of inclusion with Deaf women in Colombia throughout cooperative inquiry”. To celebrate Global Accessibility...

Ana Palma Garcia (IDS Alum)

16 May 2024


CDI@10: Replace Impact Evaluation with Contribution Analysis

The term Contribution Analysis was introduced by the late John Mayne 25 years ago when he wanted to motivate people involved in development programmes to look at their rationale and impact critically. It opened the field of impact evaluation to alternative methods, when econometric methodologies...

16 May 2024


Can a new global wave of land redistribution emerge?

At the International Global Land Grabbing conference held recently in Bogota, Colombia, we held a ‘dialogue session’ with about 50 academics and activists, asking whether land redistribution had a future. I co-facilitated the session with Morgan Ody, the General Coordinator of La Via...

13 May 2024


Our collective path: the Inclusive Rigour Co-Lab story

In 2021, as the world was facing COVID lockdowns, anxieties and isolation, a group of us from varied learning and evaluation backgrounds—academics, practitioners, peacebuilders—connected with each other. Our lives and work spanned different corners of the globe: Mali, South Sudan, Colombia,...

Marina Apgar
Marina Apgar & 10 others

7 May 2024

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