News and Views

Posted: 29th June
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: 29th June
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: 29th June
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: 26th June
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: 7th June
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: 25th May
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: 3rd May
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.
Posted: 27th April
Student Yosef Yebas writes on the blackboard at Hidassie School. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Researchers involved in the Transforming the pedagogy of STEM subjects report a number of positive developments with the project.
Posted: 26th April
Middle School class, China.
Additional funding from ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Accounts (IIA) is enhancing the research impact of two projects: 'Improving Teacher Development and Educational Quality' (ITDEQC) and 'Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality In China' (IEEQC) projects.
Posted: 24th April
Paul Lynch explores how young children with disabilities are supported and prepared for primary education in rural Malawi.