New Lancet series nourishes G8 discussion

There has been a lot of attention to and activity around the issue of nutrition in recent months in the lead-up to the G8 meeting, which took place in Northern Ireland on June 17th and 18th. Campaigns and events - including the IF campaign and the Nutrition for Growth Summit - aimed to increase financial and political commitments to, and action on, hunger and nutrition.

A number of key resources have been produced to contribute to the discussion, debate and evidence base, and we highlight them below.

Poorest countries lead the fight against hunger and undernutrition

According to new research published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), low income countries like Malawi and Madagascar and lower middle income Guatemala, are leading the charge against hunger and undernutrition, whilst economic powerhouses such as India and Nigeria are failing some of their most vulnerable citizens.

Policy brief on the policing the 2013 Kenyan elections

This policy brief from the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies gives recommendations that aim to enhance a democratic approach to policing the elections in Kenya, and to prevent the violent conflict so present in previous elections.

Follow the Eldis Climate Change Resource guide on social media

The Eldis Resource Guide on Climate Change, produced with support from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN),  focuses on adaptation, mitigation and development.

The guide has recently ventured into the world of social media. We will be posting highlights of our recent document additions, as well as interesting commentary and events information.

Islam, sexual diversity and access to health services

While Islam allows for difference of opinion, and the religious leaders disagree on many social issues, most orthodox Muslim scholars are vehemently opposed to homosexuality. However there are many progressive Muslim scholars with varied positive opinions about gender and sexual orientation. This discussion paper, from Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), urges human rights organisations and policy makers to create a database of progressive religious leaders and lobby for their support.

The Open Book

The OKFestival, the first ever Open Knowledge Festival, was held in Helsinki, Finland in September 2012. With the theme of Open Knowledge in Action, it looked at the value that can be generated by opening up knowledge and the impacts that transparency can have in our societies. 

Hunger and undernutrition: What do we know? The video

Globally, levels of hunger and undernutrition are unacceptably high. One in eight people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. One in every four children under five years of age are undernourished, this contributes to 2.6 million deaths of children under five each year - one third of the global total.

Diverse Voices

The latest Diverse Voices global debate on Facebook and Twitter is asking "Do you think that public services respect the dignity of the most vulnerable citizens?"

HIV prevention and MSM with HIV

New policy brief argues that it is time to start moving towards a 'shared responsibility’ framework.HIV prevention programmes have mostly ignored the prevention needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) who are living with HIV. This policy brief, from the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health and Knowledge Services at IDS in the UK, argues that it is time to start moving towards a 'shared responsibility’ framework, to encompass a wider view of the role that MSM+ plays in HIV prevention.