Key Issues

Latest documents

  • Document

    Taxing pensions

    H. Cremer, P. Pestieau / Toulouse School of Economics, 2016
    There exists a wide variety of tax treatments of pensions across the world. And the reasons for such a range of regimes are not clear. This note reviews the general principles of pension taxes and analyses the theoretical foundations of why pension incomes ought to be taxed specifcally. To do this, one has to distinguish between public and private pensions.
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    Public involvement, environment and health: evaluating GIS for participation: full report on research activities and results

    J.M. Forrester, L. Potts, P.J. Rosen, S. Cinderby / Economic and Social Research Council, UK, 2003
    This report presents the results of a research project which assesses the use of Geographic Information Systems for Participation (GIS-P) to extract and present ‘lay’ knowledge. This methodology presents non-specialist perceptual information around spatially related problems in the form of 'citizen maps' of local issues.
  • Document

    Towards citywide participatory planning: emerging community-led practices in three African cities

    P. Horn, D. Mitlin, J. Bennett, B. Chitekwe-Biti, J. Makau / Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, 2018
    In this working paper the authors seek to contribute to debates about the scaling up of citizen participation in towns and cities of the Global South through a focus on participatory planning. The contribution is three-fold.
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    Key considerations: the context of North Kivu province, DRC

    J. Bedford / Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform, 2018
    This brief summarises key considerations about the context of North Kivu province in relation to the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, August 2018. The province of North Kivu has six territories: Beni, Lubero, Masisi, Nyiragongo, Rutshuru, Walikale.
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    Fragile environment, seasonality and undernutrition in Bangladesh

    M. Mohsena / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2018
    Undernutrition among mothers and children remains one of the main public health challenges of the 21st century, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The causes of malnutrition are directly related to inadequate dietary intake as well as disease, though many factors contribute to the indirect causes.
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    Bangladesh confronts climate change: keeping our heads above water

    M. Roy, J. Hanlon, D. Hulme / Anthem Press, 2016
    When 500,000 Bangladeshis fled to huge concrete cyclone shelters to escape Cyclone Roanu in May 2016, it has hardly reported. Shelters and warning systems have already cut the death rate from super cyclones by 98%, but because few people died and the shelters were designed and built by Bangladeshis, not by aid agencies, few are aware of this striking progress.


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    8 May 2018
    This blog originally appeared on the Institute of Development Studies website.
    Dolf te Lintelo
  • 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
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What's new

An area of degraded land.
8th August 2018
Our friends at the GODAN Action project are pleased to announce a new call for applications for the Open Data Management Online Course. The GODAN Action team has expanded the content of the course to include land in addition to agriculture and nutrition.
Two men in Dhaka drive a wheelchair
31st July 2018
At the inaugural Global Disability Summit last week on the 23rd and 24th July, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) called for action to address the 'global injustice' of discrimination against persons with disabilities.
Woman holding bag of peanuts
11th June 2018
A Global Open Data for Agriculture (GODAN) partner report has highlighted the need for open access and open data at universities to help solve world hunger and malnutrition.
graffiti saying ebola stops with me
11th June 2018
Launched today in partnership between the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a new online platform, the Epidemic Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP2), building on the success of the
Eldis Anniversary Workshop September 2016
30th May 2018
Interested in working with the Knowledge, Impact and Policy team at the Institute of Development Studies, on projects like Eldis and others?