CSW marks 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

The 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) is taking place right now in New York. From 9-20 March 2015, world leaders and advocates for gender equality have been brought together at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss women’s empowerment and gender justice. This includes more than 1,100 NGOs and their 8,600 representatives.

Is there a Brazilian model of development?

Here, in our guest article, Professor Armando Barrientos and Dr. Ed Amann introduce the work of the International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa (IRIBA) and discuss whether Brazil has its own development model.

Brazil’s ascent to prominence on the international economic stage has been a prolonged affair. Perhaps the most curious feature of Brazil’s economic and political development has been an enduring discrepancy between the country’s size and obvious potential on the one hand, and its surprisingly low international profile on the other.

Reducing global violence by 50%

It is possible to reduce violence around the world by 50% in the next three decades, but only if we focus on cities - especially the most dangerous ones. That's the message delivered by Robert Muggah, research director of the Igarape Institute, at TED Global in October 2014. Robert has spent the past two decades working in cities wracked by conflict, crime and terrorism.

2015 elections in West Africa: turbulent times ahead

West Africa is heading towards turbulent times right from the onset of 2015. Citizens in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso are getting ready to go to the polls, in many cases against a backdrop of political instability.

Global health meets genomics: inequalities and politics

Scientific advances in the understanding of genetics and genomics have the potential to generate major improvements for human health in the near future. However, from a global health perspective, the translation of this technology into new medical treatments raises profound international and local issues around inequality, identity and insecurity.

Eldis Top 10 downloads of 2014

It's that time of year when we traditionally publish our "best sellers" list of which new documents have been downloaded the most times in 2014. Over 22,500 documents have been accessed via Eldis this year with over 150,000 downloads in total.

Climate change features prominently in the list reflecting the additional emphasis we've been able put on this topic with the support of CDKN. And it's great to see a mix of north and south in the list of publishers here.

Here's the Top 10...

Evidence on Demand launch new Learning Zone

Our colleagues at Evidence on Demand have launched a new online Learning Zone. Available on the Evidence on Demand website, this new e-learning portal already contains two learning modules on greening development, based on Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance, a manual published by the OECD.

Spotlight series: The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)

EPHI logoThis week we turn our attention to The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) was established to protect and promote the health of the Ethiopian people by addressing priority public Health and Nutrition problems.