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Posted: 17-07-2017
The Sustainable Development Goals set out an ambitious agenda to achieve universal health coverage for all but how will this goal be reached when we have seen already the ease with which reformed health services and refreshed health resources still fail to reach the people who need them most? An international workshop discusses "Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity" at IDS from 19 to 21 July.
Posted: 11-07-2017
Research Symposium, March 2017
Four development professionals were interviewed to discuss their experiences of using evidence to influence development policy and/or practice in their work.
Posted: 29-06-2017
Jamestown Fishing Village, Accra, Ghana

Christophe Bene explores how resilience can be a powerful concept, bringing insights into how people respond to shocks and also how this can be linked to longer-term development outcomes.

Posted: 29-06-2017
Fishers in Sri Lanka rebuilding their livelihood after the devastating Dec 2004 Tsunami.
Resilience has been increasingly recognized as a powerful concept to help practitioners, academics and policy-makers better understand the links between shocks, response and longer-term development outcomes. The problem however is that so far most of the ‘thinking’ around resilience has been mainly theoretical, with little applied or tested empirically.
Posted: 29-06-2017
Workers harvesting from a commercial farm in Ethiopia

Colonialism brought large-scale farming to Africa, promising modernisation and jobs – but often dispossessing people and exploiting workers. Now, after several decades of independence, and with investor interest growing, African governments are once again promoting large plantations and estates.

Posted: 26-06-2017
Photograph of reporters
We ask Kate Newman (Christian Aid) and Atonu Rabbani (University of Dhaka) ‘what are the challenges for an evidence-based approach to international development in a ‘post-truth’ world?’ This vlog reflects on their responses and broader insights from media, research and civil society.
Posted: 07-06-2017
Community health workers in Senegal looking at information on a mobile phone screen

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are going to have a major impact on health and health systems in the near future.

Posted: 25-05-2017
A scientist works in a laboratory, Kenya.
James Georgalakis asks whether it is time to replace the narrative of 'academics in ivory towers' with one that reflects the challenges, and realities, facing modern scholars.
Posted: 03-05-2017
Building Evidence in Education - BE2 - Working Group Meeting, UNICEF Innocenti, 5-7 April 2017, Florence, Italy.
The BE2 donor working group met in Florence 5-7 April to discuss the use of evidence in education policy and programming.

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