New collection of documents on Syria crisis

Eldis editorial staff have been curating a new collection of resources on the unfolding civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The collection provides links to the latest high quality research and commentary dealing with the origins of the conflict, profiles of the major combatants and analysis of the international political and humanitarian response. It also lists some of the key organisations, news sources and social media channels covering the crisis.

Syria, the Middle East and the International Day of Nonviolence

In a blog post marking International Day of Nonviolence, Conflict and Security Editor Jason Collodi discusses how democracy movements in the Middle East might be inspired and learn from previous nonviolent struggles for political change.

Analysis of high profile movements over the last three decades suggests that, ultimately, nonviolence is an effective means of enabling lasting democratic change.

Read Jason's blog.

New partners join Eldis in “Open Knowledge Hub” project

Eldis is joining forces with eight new partner organisations in a new collaborative project, provisionally called the “Open Knowledge Hub”, to support knowledge producers and consumers, particularly those in developing countries, to improve the availability and accessibility of global development research.

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.