Spotlight series: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The term 'agroforestry' was coined in the mid-1970s as part of a research study led by the John Bene of Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The study called for global recognition of the key role trees play on farms and the International Council for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), now also known as the World Agroforestry Centre, was created in 1978 to take up this challenge.

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

On 31 March, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The report made international headlines. The Eldis Climate Change Resouce Guide provides access to the report and offers a specially created Storify which brings together some of the reaction around the world.

Evidence on Demand launch new Topic Guide on Land

Our colleagues at Evidence on Demand have launched a new Topic Guide on Land. Written by ODI's Anna Locke and Giles Henley, the guide provides a summary of the latest thinking around contemporary global land issues in developing countries. It also gives guidance on and evidence for how this thinking can be used in practice; provides signposting to reliable sources that can inform development professionals on issues not covered in the Topic Guide; and highlights where there are gaps in knowledge and evidence.

Commission on the Status of Women 58th Session

We've put together a new collection of resources on the recent session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convened under the title: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Eldis plays host to new Hub partners

Participants from all corners of the world gathered recently in a wet and windy Brighton, UK to kick-start a new partnership. The organisations represented are joining forces to create a new open platform to increase availability and access to development information – particularly from developing countries. Alan Stanley, who manages the Eldis programme, reports...

Sexual violence in conflict situations

DR Congo warlord, Bosco Ntaganda has recently been charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Charges include ordering fighters to rape women and recruit child soldiers. For the first time the issue of sexual violence in conflict situations will be of primary importance at a high-profile trial.

At the same time the Human Rights Council's (March 3 - 28) is preparing for a high-level dialogue on sexual violence in the DRC.

Creating a one stop shop for global nutrition data

In the past few years the global malnutrition crisis has been gaining attention. High profile events such as the Nutrition for Growth summit in London and the formation of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement have reflected an upsurge in interest, commitment and efforts to reduce malnutrition. This momentum, however, has yet to be fully matched by a collective capacity to track progress and political commitment on this issue; meaning there remains a gap in accountability.

Eldis health coverage survey - Results!

As part of the process of restructuring the health-related coverage on Eldis we have been asking for your input to help us get a better understanding of who you are, what your areas of interest are (within health, health systems, HIV and Aids and development) and how you would like to access information on health and development.

We thought you might like to know a bit about the results to date so we've put together the following infographic to give you a quick flavour of the responses we've received.

Gender and Water

This new Guide from Eldis provides a collection of resources that identify and address key gender issues in the water sector including water supply infrastructure and management, sanitation and hygiene, and climate change.

See the new guide here.

Eldis Health Coverage Survey

We are currently the process of restructuring the health-related coverage on Eldis, and we need your input!

Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey by clicking this link, or by clicking the "next" button in the survey image below. 

Your responses will help us to gain a better understanding of who you are, what your areas of interest are (within health, health systems, HIV and Aids and development) and how you would like to access information on health and development.

Pathways to Women's Empowerment - work and employment

In recent years women have entered the paid workforce in greater numbers. The development sector is keen to support women into work because employment contributes to development goals and targets, by alleviating poverty, and also because employment has the potential to empower women. The global economic crisis has made their economic situation more precarious, but also created opportunities for greater state intervention in securing and supporting decent, more equitable employment opportunities.

Pathways to sexuality and women’s empowerment

The narrow way in which gender equality and women’s empowerment has been dealt with in development policy and practice has often excluded sexuality. A ‘sexuality lens’ can provide new ways of looking at development problems. If for example, you look at women’s empowerment through a sexuality lens, you see a more complete and realistic picture of a woman: not a victim, nor an end-product ‘empowered’ woman, but a woman with a complex and changing life.

Health at the World Economic Forum

World leaders and big business met up in Davos from January 22nd - 25th for the World Economic Forum 2014. The theme was "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business", and global health featured high on the list of priority areas - Goldie Hawn even led a meditation session.

Below is our Storify of the "best bits" of the health highlights from the World Economic Forum: