Migration and Marginalisation - new publications from the Institute of Development Studies

What factors shape a person’s decision to migrate? Who stays behind in a war zone or highly insecure context, and why? A person’s gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, health or disability shape every stage of the migration experience.

The Institute of Development Studies has recently published two resources around the theme of migration and marginalisation which focus on gender, ageing and sexuality as key influencing factors.

Are we heading towards more open government?

This first issue of the new IDS Bulletin – which has just relaunched as an Open Access publication – brings together research on recent contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance. They also discuss weaknesses that limit the effectiveness and impact of these contributions. The articles – by researchers and practitioners – approach contemporary challenges of achieving transparency, accountability and openness from a wide range of subject positions and professional and disciplinary angles.

Annual UN gender equality event takes on sustainable development

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-24 March 2016, attended by state representatives, advocates for gender equality and UN representatives from across the world.

Can innovation prizes help support adaptation to climate change?

This is one of the questions the DFID-funded Ideas to Impact programme is trying to answer. The programme is seeking to find new ways of supporting development projects across three thematic areas: water and sanitation, energy access and climate change adaptation. The initiative aims to test whether prizes can be designed to achieve significant benefits in particular for the poorest and most marginalised groups. In each theme, innovation prizes will be designed and launched with national partners, with the intention to stimulate new ideas and solutions for longstanding challenges.

Eldis review of the year 2015

Eldis senior editor Alan Stanley reflects on our year and looks ahead to a big anniversary in 2016.In 2016 Eldis will be celebrating our 20th year as an online information service. Back in 1996 the internet itself was still relatively new - Google wouldn't emerge for another couple of years, concepts like social media simply didn't exist and technologies like smart phones were still more than a decade away. So for Eldis to still be here is a pretty remarkable achievement when you think about how much the way in which people access and use information has changed over that period.

The biggest Eldis features of 2015

From Global Goals to climate finance and the data revolution, we look back at some of our most popular features of the year.

This has been a big year in the international development sector, with the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) and international climate talks dominating much of the discussion. Covering topics from gender equality, to health and climate change, our most viewed news stories and blog posts of the year reflect these big debates.

Radiator Awards kick back at aid industry stereotypes

Band Aid 30’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ voted the year’s most harmful fundraising video.

Convincing people to give up their cash to help people they’ve never met, in a faraway place, can be a hard task and it’s easy to slip into lazy stereotypes that pull at the heart strings. But are these simplistic narratives causing more harm than good?

How can ICTs work for development?

As Costa Rica based co-operative Sulá Batsú turns ten years old, General Director Kemly Camacho shares her thoughts on knowledge management and why she thinks computer engineering is a social science.

Sulá Batsú, co-founded by Kemly Camacho in 2005, works to strengthen Central American social enterprises, community networks and social movements.

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Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality

Earlier this year, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), which marked 20 years since the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, also drew attention to the progresses made in engaging men and boys – a critical element in advancing gender equality. In particular the event highlighted the need for a greater evidence base on this area.

Sustainable Data for Sustainable Development – calls for a data revolution from World Statistics Day

The Royal Statistical Society’s call to champion a data revolution has been backed by 45 signatories. Published on World Statistics Day, on the 20th October 2015, the statement asks for wider recognition of the importance of data for policy making and for accountability in all countries of the world.

The 2015 Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering

Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, is a unique Movement founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. It unites people—from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers—in a collective effort to improve nutrition.

What's the future for Open Knowledge?

Eldis is joining partners from the Open Knowledge Hub project to share learning and explore the future role of Open Knowledge approaches in addressing development challenges.Recent years have seen a rapid rise in demand for the adoption of open knowledge approaches by the development community.

SDGs: responses to the zero draft text

The Sustainable Development Summit at the end of Septmeber finally adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.Since the publication of the zero draft text of the Sustainable Development Goals in June, we've been compiling a series of responses to the text from contributors to the Eldis blog focussing on specific goals or key aspects of the text and process. Contributions so far include: