International Women’s Day: Tackling barriers to empowerment

Over the past year, there has been an exposure of largely socially or publicly invisible sexual harassment and discrimination committed against women. On International Women’s Day, initiatives from the Institute of Development Studies and The ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative are drawing attention to the more visible issues that form significant barriers to women’s empowerment.

Apply now for the STEPS Summer School 2018

The STEPS Summer School in May 2018 will bring together highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, urban, water or energy issues. The aim is to explore theories, ideas, research methods and practical applications of STEPS thinking on pathways to sustainability.

What have we learned from the powercube?

Celebrating over 10 years since first being published in 2006, this year provides us with an opportunity to reflect critically on how the powercube has been applied and how it has evolved. So we are looking for your help and asking how has the powercube has assisted you in your work.

Knowledge Project launches the first Global Knowledge Index

During the 2017 Knowledge Summit in Dubai, the Knowledge Project launched the first Global Knowledge Index (GKI). GKI is an initiative focusing on knowledge as a comprehensive interdisciplinary concept related to all aspects of human life, including cultural, social and economic activities. Central to the index is the belief that knowledge drives sustainable and comprehensive human development.

Apply now to join Matasa Fellows Network

This week the Matasa Fellows Network is launching a call for young African researchers to apply to become a fellow. Given the major role that the African private sector can play in tackling youth unemployment and underemployment, the chosen theme of this year’s fellowship is Youth Employment and Private Sector Growth in Africa. The Matasa Fellows Network is a joint initiative of the The Mastercard Foundation and Institute of Development Studies.

Register now: free GODAN Action e-learning course on open data!

Our partners at the GODAN Action network will soon be delivering a new e-learning course on ‘Open Data and Research Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition’. The course will run from the 13th November to 8th December 2017, and is open to infomediaries, policy makers, administrators, project managers, researchers and scientists working in the area of agriculture.

Welcome to the new Eldis!

If you are a regular user of Eldis you will notice some quite big changes to both the appearance of the website and how things are organised.

For the last few months we’ve been working hard on what is the biggest update to our services in over 10 years. These changes reflect not just some long-awaited improvements to the website itself but also an important shift in how the Eldis team here at IDS will deliver on our mission to increase the accessibility of useful and relevant research on global development challenges.

Eldis 20th Anniversary Workshop: Learning from 20 years of digital knowledge sharing

More than 50 participants gathered at IDS on 15th and 16th September for our 20th Anniversary workshop.

"From dial-up to the data revolution: Learning from 20 years of digital knowledge sharing for global development. "

The event was a celebration of our 20 years as an online knowledge sharing platform but also a space for us to bring together colleagues to reflect on the key lessons from that 20 years and to examine the challenges and opportunities for our sector moving forward.

New Lancet series on the role of the private sector in Universal Health Coverage

Health care in many low- and middle-income countries is a complex mix of private and public provision, with a range of different private actors including spiritual and traditional healers, private hospitals and unqualified drug suppliers, to name but a few. This mix makes it difficult to generalise about how best to achieve Universal Health Coverage in these contexts. 

Five key lessons on effective governance reform from SPARC Nigeria

Eldis editor Alan Stanley was invited to Abuja recently to attend the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) end-of-programme learning event. Based on what he heard he highlights five key lessons from the programme on effective governance reform. Back in 2013, after some brief meetings and correspondence via email, Eldis began a content partnership with the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC).

States, Markets and Society - IDS 50th Anniversary Conference, July 2016

Join IDS for a high profile, two day conference in July that will bring cutting-edge thinking, experience and reflection on ‘States, markets and society in a reconfigured world: Defining a new era for development’.

The Institute of Development Studies, based at Sussex University in the UK, turns 50 years old this year.  As development moves into a new era, leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners are invited to join in a serious intellectual debate about the challenges and implications of development in the future.

Using open knowledge approaches to improve development outcomes

The Open Knowledge Hub project brings together knowledge producers and intermediaries, particularly those in developing countries, to work together collaboratively to address gaps and inequalities in the availability and accessibility of development research. In particular the project focuses on using Open Knowledge approaches – emerging technology and standards from the Open Access and Open Data movements.

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.