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Can innovation prizes help support adaptation to climate change?

This is one of the questions the DFID-funded Ideas to Impact programme is trying to answer. The programme is seeking to find new ways of supporting development projects across three thematic areas: water and sanitation, energy access and climate change adaptation. The initiative aims to test whether prizes can be designed to achieve significant benefits in particular for the poorest and most marginalised groups. In each theme, innovation prizes will be designed and launched with national partners, with the intention to stimulate new ideas and solutions for longstanding challenges.

Eldis review of the year 2015

Eldis senior editor Alan Stanley reflects on our year and looks ahead to a big anniversary in 2016.In 2016 Eldis will be celebrating our 20th year as an online information service. Back in 1996 the internet itself was still relatively new - Google wouldn't emerge for another couple of years, concepts like social media simply didn't exist and technologies like smart phones were still more than a decade away. So for Eldis to still be here is a pretty remarkable achievement when you think about how much the way in which people access and use information has changed over that period.

The biggest Eldis features of 2015

From Global Goals to climate finance and the data revolution, we look back at some of our most popular features of the year.

This has been a big year in the international development sector, with the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) and international climate talks dominating much of the discussion. Covering topics from gender equality, to health and climate change, our most viewed news stories and blog posts of the year reflect these big debates.

Radiator Awards kick back at aid industry stereotypes

Band Aid 30’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ voted the year’s most harmful fundraising video.

Convincing people to give up their cash to help people they’ve never met, in a faraway place, can be a hard task and it’s easy to slip into lazy stereotypes that pull at the heart strings. But are these simplistic narratives causing more harm than good?

How can ICTs work for development?

As Costa Rica based co-operative Sulá Batsú turns ten years old, General Director Kemly Camacho shares her thoughts on knowledge management and why she thinks computer engineering is a social science.

Sulá Batsú, co-founded by Kemly Camacho in 2005, works to strengthen Central American social enterprises, community networks and social movements.

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Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality


Earlier this year, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), which marked 20 years since the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, also drew attention to the progresses made in engaging men and boys – a critical element in advancing gender equality. In particular the event highlighted the need for a greater evidence base on this area.

Sustainable Data for Sustainable Development – calls for a data revolution from World Statistics Day

The Royal Statistical Society’s call to champion a data revolution has been backed by 45 signatories. Published on World Statistics Day, on the 20th October 2015, the statement asks for wider recognition of the importance of data for policy making and for accountability in all countries of the world.

The 2015 Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering

Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, is a unique Movement founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. It unites people—from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers—in a collective effort to improve nutrition.

What's the future for Open Knowledge?

Eldis is joining partners from the Open Knowledge Hub project to share learning and explore the future role of Open Knowledge approaches in addressing development challenges.Recent years have seen a rapid rise in demand for the adoption of open knowledge approaches by the development community.

SDGs: responses to the zero draft text

The Sustainable Development Summit at the end of Septmeber finally adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.Since the publication of the zero draft text of the Sustainable Development Goals in June, we've been compiling a series of responses to the text from contributors to the Eldis blog focussing on specific goals or key aspects of the text and process. Contributions so far include:

A post-2015 development agenda that leaves nobody behind must include mental health

The Sustainable Development Goals must not neglect a quarter of the world’s population, argues Nicole Votruba, Co-ordinator of the FundaMentalSDG initiative..

As the official adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws closer, Eldis has published another analysis of the Goals. This time Nicole Votruba, Co-ordinator of the FundaMentalSDG initiative, explains why the post-2015 development agenda must include mental health.

The SDGs must leave no one behind

Many of the poorest and most marginalised groups have not benefitted enough from progress on the Millennium Development Goals. In a new blog post, Tanvi Bhatkal explains why a shift in attitude and policy is needed.

The latest in our Sustainable Development Goal blog series comes from Tanvi Bhatkal, a Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) Growth Poverty and Inequality programme.

Breastfeeding and work – Let’s make it work!

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which runs from 1-7 August, 2015, focuses this year on the importance of supporting women to combine breastfeeding and work. This includes women working in paid employment, self-employment, seasonal and contract work to unpaid home and care work.

Working with global nutrition data

Assessing trends in malnutrition rates and country progress towards global nutrition targets can be tricky. Global numbers often paint a gloomy picture when many countries are making great strides in improving nutrition. National averages mask the granularity that comes with sub-national data at the state and district levels. Aggregating up to the global level is another challenge. The data tell us that childhood malnutrition is decreasing in many countries, but that adult obesity is rising everywhere.

Promoting and Protecting Sex Workers' Human Rights

Sex Work NewsOn 11 August 2015 Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM), adopted a resolution to develop a policy that supports the full decriminalisation of all aspects of adult consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.

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