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Local Collective Action and Armed Conflict in Colombia

In this article, Professor Ana María Ibáñez, from the University of Los Andes in Colombia, describes how the country's 50-year conflict has shaped local institutions, social preferences and the capacity of people to act collectively.  This piece is based on collaborative research undertaken with colleague Margarita Gáfaro, and Patricia Justino from the Institute of Devleopment Studies (IDS), UK.

New Heteronormativity Key Issues Guide

Heteronormativity - the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm and any other form of sexual desire, expression or relationship is abnormal or wrong - has many potential implications for international development.

Pro-poor electricity provision

Energy poverty is a major development issue - close to one-fifth of the world’s population does not have access to electricity. There is also the pressing need to decarbonise existing energy systems to address climate change. Making progress on both objectives requires a sharp increase in renewable electricity production.

World (class) cup or world in (com)motion?

As the World Cup finals kick-off in Brazil, and protests continue in the streets, Professor Peter Newell, (Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy, at the University of Sussex) examines the issues that have resulted in so much public anger.

MAMA Mia! Are mHealth programmes living up to the hype?

Mobile communication technology is becoming a more popular tool in maternal health. Three years on since Hillary Clinton launched the MAMA programme and as Canada prepares to host the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit, we look at the possibilities and potential pitfalls of this tool.

Easy to use on the move, cheap and technology-focused, mobile communication has quickly become a popular aspect of development projects.

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.

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