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  • 23 November 2020
    A new IDS-led research project seeks to re-imagine sanitation in rapidly urbanising areas in Asia and Africa to help address the sanitation crisis, enhance off–grid economies and improve the well-being of poor and vulnerable women and men, and marginalised communities such as Dalits, migrants, sanitation workers and refugees. 
    Lyla Mehta
  • Tiguirizane women at fish pond in Tiguirizane Association
    1 July 2020
    Never has the need for social protection been greater. In response to the economic and social fallout of Covid-19, almost every country in the world has introduced or expanded programmes that support those who are most vulnerable.
    Keetie Roelen
  • 27 May 2020
    On any given day, 300 million people around the world will be menstruating. This normal and natural biological process is a fact of – and fundamental to – life.
    Mimi Coultas
  • Busy street foood vendor in Delhi, India
    27 April 2020
    Covid-19 has introduced a huge degree of uncertainty into people’s lives (most especially, thus far, in Northern countries unused to coping with disorder). Yet one thing seems to be certain.
    Jodie Thorpe
  • 5 March 2020
    This International Women’s Day global institutions and governments are marking the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action – a defining framework for change to address gender inequalities and women’s rights.
  • 2 March 2020
    In development, initiatives are often implemented with the underlying question of how it can be adapted and replicated. The pilot’s (un)successful factors are precious lessons to feed into new iterations, inspiring a recipe for others to follow. But even if the recipe emphasises the importance of local context, new initiatives can produce quite distinct results.
    Gabriel De Sousa Aragão
  • 13 February 2020
    Fiscal indiscipline, particularly in election years, has been a recurring annoyance in Ghana. The country unfortunately failed to recover from the wastefulness of the 2012 election year, making a 16th bailout from the IMF inevitable in 2015.
    Godson Aloryito
  • 20 January 2020
    As the world’s economic elites gather in Davos, I am reflecting on a blog I wrote last year in reaction to the 2019 World Economic Forum focus on “Globalisation 4.0”.
    Jodie Thorpe
  • 20 November 2019
    The 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child serves as a reminder that a decent standard of living and the ability to develop are basic rights of all children everywhere.
    Keetie Roelen
  • 1 October 2019
    This blog originally appeared on the Impact Initiative website. 
    Keetie Roelen
  • Woman smiles holding a sign at the international women's day march in Guatemala in 2017
    29 August 2019
    In 2018, the Institute of Development Studies partnered with the Open Society Foundations Economic Justice Programme to build an evidence base to explore the question: “What constitutes meaningful participation in economic advancement?” R
    Grace Lyn Higdon
  • women walking down path towards volcano in Indonesia
    5 July 2019
    Towering over the small island of Adonara in Indonesia, the Ile Boleng volcano is always present in the background. In the nearby village of Adobala, I listened as female heads of households, dressed in sarungs, talked about how they had organised themselves as a women’s group in the local cooperative ‘Lodan Do’e’.
    Evert-jan Quak