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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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    Reducing violence in South Africa: resourcing violence prevention

    C. Abdoll, Y. Mayet / Institute for Security Studies, 2018
    Government budgets are much like household budgets. In households, we make decisions about how to allocate limited income to buy food, pay for education, transport, childcare and so on. In the same way, a government needs to make decisions about how to allocate funds to buy various public services. As in a household, priorities normally dictate where the government spends funds.
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    Parched power: water demands, risks, and opportunities for India’s power sector

    T. Luo, D.S. Krishnan, S. Sen / World Resources Institute, Washington DC, 2018
    This paper aims to help decision-makers understand the magnitude of water issues for the thermal power sector in India with quantitative evidence. There is a significant data gap in power plant water use in India.
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    Value chains for nutrition in South Asia: who delivers, how, and to whom?

    M. Maestre Morales, N. Poole / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2018
    There is currently much talk of the private sector role in nutrition, and whether the state can ‘shape’ the market to deliver better nutritional outcomes.  This issue of the IDS Bulletin presents research findings in this area, developed by the consortium of research partners under the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) programme.


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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).