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What legacy can countries hope to achieve from hosting the FIFA World Cup and the IOC Olympic Games?

With the Brazilian World Cup a recent memory what motivates countries to divert huge amounts of resources into hosting mega-events such as the World Cup and Olympics? In this article Professor Richard Tomlinson considers China’s, South Africa’s and Brazil’s motivations for such an undertaking, and the accompanying socioeconomic factors that are an inherent part of any mega-event hosting process.

Escaping war: Syrian refugees and the international community

We are marking World Refugee Day (June 20th) by offering a number of resources that highlight the plight of the refugees from Syria’s bloody civil war. The Syrian crisis has prompted one of the largest movement of peoples since World War II and has had a huge impact on its Middle Eastern neighbours. Click on the image below to see our resources.

Local Collective Action and Armed Conflict in Colombia

In this article, Professor Ana María Ibáñez, from the University of Los Andes in Colombia, describes how the country's 50-year conflict has shaped local institutions, social preferences and the capacity of people to act collectively.  This piece is based on collaborative research undertaken with colleague Margarita Gáfaro, and Patricia Justino from the Institute of Devleopment Studies (IDS), UK.

New Heteronormativity Key Issues Guide

Heteronormativity - the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm and any other form of sexual desire, expression or relationship is abnormal or wrong - has many potential implications for international development.

Pro-poor electricity provision

Energy poverty is a major development issue - close to one-fifth of the world’s population does not have access to electricity. There is also the pressing need to decarbonise existing energy systems to address climate change. Making progress on both objectives requires a sharp increase in renewable electricity production.

World (class) cup or world in (com)motion?

As the World Cup finals kick-off in Brazil, and protests continue in the streets, Professor Peter Newell, (Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy, at the University of Sussex) examines the issues that have resulted in so much public anger.

MAMA Mia! Are mHealth programmes living up to the hype?

Mobile communication technology is becoming a more popular tool in maternal health. Three years on since Hillary Clinton launched the MAMA programme and as Canada prepares to host the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit, we look at the possibilities and potential pitfalls of this tool.

Easy to use on the move, cheap and technology-focused, mobile communication has quickly become a popular aspect of development projects.

Spotlight series: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The term 'agroforestry' was coined in the mid-1970s as part of a research study led by the John Bene of Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The study called for global recognition of the key role trees play on farms and the International Council for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), now also known as the World Agroforestry Centre, was created in 1978 to take up this challenge.

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

On 31 March, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The report made international headlines. The Eldis Climate Change Resouce Guide provides access to the report and offers a specially created Storify which brings together some of the reaction around the world.

Evidence on Demand launch new Topic Guide on Land

Our colleagues at Evidence on Demand have launched a new Topic Guide on Land. Written by ODI's Anna Locke and Giles Henley, the guide provides a summary of the latest thinking around contemporary global land issues in developing countries. It also gives guidance on and evidence for how this thinking can be used in practice; provides signposting to reliable sources that can inform development professionals on issues not covered in the Topic Guide; and highlights where there are gaps in knowledge and evidence.

Commission on the Status of Women 58th Session

We've put together a new collection of resources on the recent session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convened under the title: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Eldis plays host to new Hub partners

Participants from all corners of the world gathered recently in a wet and windy Brighton, UK to kick-start a new partnership. The organisations represented are joining forces to create a new open platform to increase availability and access to development information – particularly from developing countries. Alan Stanley, who manages the Eldis programme, reports...

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