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    An analysis of protein consumption in India through plant and animal sources

    P. Rampal / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2018
    Cereals are the major source of protein in the Indian diet. In recent years, due to declining preference the consumption of cereals is decreasing in spite of increasing output. Therefore, the country needs to further increase the production and encourage the intake of pulses in order to meet the nutritional requirements of the population, specifically in terms of protein consumption.
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    Humanitarian policy and practice in a changing climate: guiding principles for practitioners

    S. Nagoda, M. Mosberg, S. Eriksen / Noragric, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2018
    Humanitarian policies and practices unavoidably have both positive and negative impacts on various aspects of the vulnerability context it aims to address; hence, how we design and implement humanitarian interventions has an impact on future vulnerability to climate change.
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    Food security indicators: how to measure and communicate results

    R. Haug / Noragric, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2018
    The purpose of this paper is to assess how to measure food security and how to communicate results of activities that have improved food security as a goal. There are many challenges in measuring and communicating food security results.
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    Independent evaluation of the African Risk Capacity: formative phase 1 report

    Z. Scott, C. Simon, J. McConnell, E. Gettliffe, R. Murnane, A. Perera, F. Le Quesne / Oxford Policy Management, 2017
    The African Risk Capacity is an index-based weather insurance pool established by the African Union to strengthen disaster risk management (DRM) capacity among African Union countries.
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    Gatekeepers, elders and accountability in Somalia

    A. McCullough, M. Saed / Overseas Development Institute, 2017
    In Somalia, the relationship between formal and informal spheres of governance are being renegotiated. In many areas, the formal state has been absent for a long time, or government agents only recently appointed by the Federal Government of Somalia.
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    Data diplomacy: updating diplomacy to the big data era

    B. Rosen Jacobson, K. E. Hone, J. Kurbalija / DiploFoundation, 2018
    Data is often described as a critical resource of modern society, or even the oil of the new economy. Vast amounts of data are generated every day through the use of electronic devices and the Internet. The private sector has begun to harness big data sources to improve their products and services, streamline procedures, and ultimately increase revenues.


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  • Burning waste
    30 January 2018
    This blog first appeared on the Institute of Development Studies website and is reposted with their permission. 
    Patrick Schröder
  • Data word cloud
    28 November 2017
    Every piece of research contains data whether qualitative or quantitative.  How that data is derived and used varies from case to case. With increasing time pressures and a need to validate assumptions, there is growing concern that sound ethics are seen as a luxury but as a recent discussion at IDS concluded, good data ethics are essential if research is to have meaningful impact on lives.
    Alice Webb
    Grace Lyn Higdon
  • 16 June 2017
    Bridging the gap between research, policy and practice is hardly a new imperative. At its heart is the virtue of research-based evidence informing policy and intervention design, which in turn increases the likelihood of desired outcomes.
    Seife Ayele

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STEPS Summer School '13 - Rivers of Life #4
23rd January 2018
The STEPS Summer School in May 2018 will bring together highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, urban, water or energy issues. The aim is to explore theories, ideas, research methods and practical applications of STEPS thinking on pathways to sustainability.
PowerCube Survey
19th December 2017
Celebrating over 10 years since first being published in 2006, this year provides us with an opportunity to reflect critically on how the powercube has been applied and how it has evolved. So we are looking for your help and asking how has the powercube has assisted you in your work.
School Health Services Bangalore
11th December 2017
On Tuesday 12th December 2017, organisations worldwide are marking Universal Health Coverage day, calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care for everyone, relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 (to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages).
Eldis Anniversary Workshop September 2016
8th December 2017
Interested in working with the Knowledge, Impact and Policy team at the Institute of Development Studies, on projects like Eldis and others?
House of Knowledge sculpture
28th November 2017
During the 2017 Knowledge Summit in Dubai, the Knowledge Project launched the first Global Knowledge Index (GKI).