Beef, borders and Brexit: why livestock movement is essentialBy Ian Scoones
16 Mar 2018
In this latest PASTRES blog, Ian Scoones argues that flexible movement is essential for most livestock systems. The prospect of a hard border in Ireland when the UK leaves the European Union is causing many concerns as movement is likely to be curtailed.
What does 'the landscape of opportunity' look like for youth in rural Africa?By Jim Sumberg
16 Mar 2018
Our IFAD and APRA-funded work on youth and the rural economy in Africa has brought into focus the notion of a “landscape of opportunity”. Our assumption is that a better understanding how rural landscapes of rural opportunity are structured, and how they are “read” by different young people (and others), should enable more compelling research, and effective policy and programming.
Mining and agriculture: diversified livelihoods in rural ZimbabweBy Ian Scoones
12 Mar 2018
Ian Scoones reviews Easther Chigumira's recently published work in The Journal of Rural Studies.
The IDS Bulletin - Fifty Years Old and Still Going StrongBy Alison Norwood
09 Mar 2018
This year sees the IDS Bulletin celebrating 50 years in publication, the last two of these as gold open access. At this time it seems appropriate to reflect on how going open access has changed the journal so far, and what future directions might be.
How do ordinary people get to have a say in their economic future?By Jodie Thorpe
09 Mar 2018
Where do people have a real voice in economic decisions that affect their future? Jodie Thorpe writes about why we need to explore and better understand how linking economic growth to broader goals of justice and sustainability can work in practice
How I got a full Rotary International scholarship for my Master degreeBy Mina Chiang
06 Mar 2018
Last year I started a master’s in Development Studies at IDS with support from Rotary International. By sharing my own first-hand experience, this blog post aims to guide future IDS students on how to get scholarship funding.
Panic, privilege and politics: South Africa’s land debateBy Ian Scoones
05 Mar 2018
In recent days, South Africa's land reform issue, always bubbling under the surface in South Africa’s unresolved post-apartheid settlement, has burst into the limelight.
Are you guilty of humblebragging?By Kelly Shephard
08 Feb 2018
I learned a new word recently – Humblebrag. It means, and I quote, “When you, usually consciously, try to get away with bragging about yourself by couching it in a phony show of humility”. In international development circles this unfortunately happens a lot.
To fight malnutrition, we need to understand agri-food value chainsBy Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
07 Feb 2018
Nearly half of South Asian children are stunted, income growth cannot solve the problem of malnutrition. Mar Maestre looks at the important role of agri-value chains in delivering nutritious foods based on research from the latest IDS Bulletin.
Greetings from Cape Town, city of drought and divisionBy Stephen Devereux
06 Feb 2018
Cape Town is one of the tourist capitals of the world – think Table Mountain and stunning beaches. But in three months’ time, it will become the first major city in the world to run out of water.
Savings groups for young Africans: a (financial) game changer?By Justin Flynn, Jim Sumberg
06 Feb 2018
Given widespread youth unemployment and underemployment in Sub-Saharan African (SSA), youth savings groups are often promoted as a step toward financial inclusion. Research by Justin Flynn and Jim Sumberg finds that savings groups lead only to small change.
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