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2015: A year of opportunities and threats for women’s rights in Nigeria
The Women for Women International’s parliamentary briefing on women’s rights in Nigeria, which was held at the UK House of Lords in London, on February 25, opened with a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for 2015. While the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and the reviews of international commitments, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, can be seen as major opportunities, the growing insecurity due to the Boko Haram insurgency, as well as new and ongoing governance issues raise serious concerns.

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Breaking the rules, breaking the game: external ideas, politics and inclusive development in Honduras
S. Hunt / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2015
This paper uses a political settlements approach to analyse the commitment and capacity to address social policy issues in Honduras. The paper considers the significance and impact of external ideas on the changing distribution of pow...
Governance and inequality: benchmarking and interpreting South Africa’s evolving political settlement
B. Levy; A. Hirsch; I. Woolard / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2015
Has South Africa’s political settlement provided a constructive platform for successfully addressing the country’s deep-seated economic challenges in an inclusive way? The current paper addresses this questions, and re-exa...
Thinking about the politics of inclusive development: towards a relational approach
S. Hickey / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2013
This paper indicates that a range of conceptual approaches have recently emerged within international development literature that seek to capture the specific ways in which politics shapes development. The paper critically assesses wh...
State capacity and inclusive development: new challenges and directions
M.V. Hau / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
States shape development. This paper takes stock of recent advancements in the literature on state capacity and connects them to the study of inclusive development. The paper argued that state capacity is best approached as a m...
Escaping the repertoire of election crisis: prospects and challenges of the evolving infrastructure for peace in Côte d’Ivoire
L. Mawuenya Amedzrator; M. Abdallah / Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, 2015
As a conflict prevention and management tool, national peace infrastructures have largely contributed to peace and security in countries where they have been established and adopted. This paper focuses on the emerging infrastructure f...
The center can hold: towards a regional approach to combating West Africa’s terrorists
N. Salihu / Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, 2015
Terrorist activities have assumed an alarming dimension in several West African countries. Various measures by states and international actors have achieved minimal success in the fight against terrorists. This brief calls for ...
Trilateral development cooperation: how do poor countries experience it?
S. Zondi / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2015
Development assistance is changing partly because of efforts in search of more efficient and effective ways of aid delivery linked to development effectiveness discussions taking place under the auspices of the High-Level Panel on Dev...
The importance of global mental health for the Sustainable Development Goals
N. Votruba; J. Eaton; M. Prince; G. Thornicroft 2014
This paper argues that for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), there needs to be a recognition of the evidence showing the growing burden of disease and the extensive social and economic global consequences of mental disorder...
The importance of mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals
N. Votruba; G. Thornicroft / British Journal of Psychiatry, 2015
This paper argues that, in the context of a growing burden of disease due to mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities, there needs to be the inclusion of a clear mental health target and indicators in the Sustainable Development...
A position statement on mental health in the post-2015 development agenda
J. Eaton; R. Kakuma; A. Wright; H, Minas / International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2014
This article reviews the evidence for the place of mental health in broader development issues in the run-up to 2015. It argues that, if mental health is going to be recognised as having an essential role in development, there ...
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