Today COP 21 opens in Paris. Over two weeks a new climate deal will hopefully be agreed. It is a critical juncture for humanity.
Eight Ways to Create Fiscal Space for Social Protection in the Poorest Countries
International Labour Organisation (ILO) argues that the poorest countries can afford to finance social protection, and there are eight options to create fiscal space.
The Cloud over the Mineral Sector in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is an interesting case in mineral sector development in a post-conflict country where it is trying to attract investment whilst as the same time facing the challenge of ensuring it gets a fair share of the resource rent generated.
Food Security in Africa: Crop Choice, Climate and Gender
Food security in Africa is challenged in three key ways – by competition between food and cash crops, by constrained access to productive resources, and through social norms.
SLAN-ted: Has Malnutrition Flipped in Latin America?
The SLAN nutrition conference ended last week. It brings together all the Latin American nutrition societies and is a big deal for the continent and globally.
Cotton in Crisis: the Limits to Liberalisation
The cotton industry in Zimbabwe is in crisis. World market prices have collapsed, and the liberalised contract system, where numerous companies compete with each other, is failing.
Who is Sitting at the Table and What is on The Menu?
Take the first SDG, ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. We start to have a pretty good idea of the things which need to be done to achieve it.
WASH and Nutrition: Opportunities and Challenges from Farm to Faeces
Yesterday I was invited to the first WASH-Nutrition Forum. The organisers, the German WASH Network, set it up with half of the participants from the WASH community…
Tackling Youth Unemployment in Arusha: From Knowledge to Action
One of the consistent battles I face as a researcher is the feeling of uselessness I experience in each and every interview I conduct.
SDGs to the Rescue in Post-2015 Development?
As IDS director Melissa Leach delivered her inspiring, wide-ranging and thought-provoking talk – Equality, sustainability, security: Towards transformations in a global development era – to start our inaugural Global Development seminar series, I pondered the role of superheroes and development solutions.