Human Rights 365 - every day is a human rights day

This year’s Human Rights Day theme, Human Rights 365, stressed the importance of recognizing every day as a human rights day. It highlighted the key principle that human rights are for everyone, everywhere, and at all times. Human rights defenders worldwide have posted their messages on the video sharing platform Vine to celebrate the event.

The politics of ‘triple wins’ and trade-offs in climate compatible development

Fatema Rajabali and Elaine Mercer, introduce a series of short videos presenting key findings and lessons learnt from a research project on climate compatible development. The video series was created with the intention that it would be used as a learning (or teaching) tool for those interested in understanding more about climate compatible development.

Women, peace and security – annual review of Resolution 1325

The UN reaffirmed the importance of women’s empowerment for global peace and security at this year’s annual review of resolution 1325, on October 28. The Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security highlights that there have been some significant achievements in 2013 including: 

Eldis and partners join the Open Knowledge Hub launch

Members of the Eldis team, and some of our partners, were at the Open Development Camp in Amsterdam on October 10th to formally launch the Open Knowledge Hub.

The hub is a collaborative “Open Data” platform for sharing digital content about development that aims to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence-informed policy making and practice by development actors. A key aspect of the hub’s design is to raise the profile of diverse perspectives on development, paying particular attention to research content from developing countries.

Spotlight - Urban LandMark

This week we turn our attention to Urban LandMark, the Urban Land Markets Programme in Southern Africa, for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.

Connecting development actors in Ethiopia: linking climate change, nutrition and gender

One of the issues high on the agenda at this weeks United Nations Climate Summit is food security. As demonstrated in the latest IPCC report, climate change is having an impact on already worrying levels of hunger and undernutrition in the world. This evidence has reinforced the importance of agriculture becoming more climate smart in order to: increase food security, adapt to build resilience, and reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).

Launch of Nigeria Education website

Nigeria Education logo

Nigeria Education, an exciting new website for those working on education in Nigeria, has been launched! The website was developed by the Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN) project team, and provides online access to a range of information on basic education in Nigeria, including:

Bad for development: the health impacts of climate change

Following on from the recent World Health Organization conference on health and climate in Geneva, two blog posts on the complexities of development in the Indian Sundarbans and the fight against Ebola in Africa highlight the links between the two sectors.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice involving the cutting or removal of the external genitals. It is practised in 28 African countries and some communities in the Middle East and Asia. It is a violent and dangerous practice that leaves many girls and women physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged, and can result in serious long-term health problems or even death.

The internet: who's in and who's out

How Eldis looked in 19991st August 2014 marks 15 years since Eldis first registered its internet domain name So how has the internet changed over that 15 year period and who have been the winners and losers as a result?

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.