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World Water Week Online: Accelerating water and climate action at COP26

The climate crisis is a water crisis, and broad partnerships are needed to tackle both. To help bridge the gap between the 2019 and 2021 World Water Weeks, WWWeek At Home will bring together convenor-hosted, virtual adaptations of sessions on water and climate change originally destined for World Water Week 2020.

With water and climate both being high on the UK’s agenda, this event will highlight the global water crisis and the UK's response in the context of climate change and Covid-19.

Mobile money taxation in Africa: Causes and consequences (Webinar)

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, cash-strapped governments across Africa will be looking for ways to fill revenue gaps. Having long faced challenges in taxing large multinational corporations and significant informal economic activities, they may be tempted to raise much-needed revenue relatively easily by imposing taxes on rapidly growing digital financial services, particularly mobile money. However, increasing mobile money usage across the continent has the potential to expand financial inclusion.

Call for project proposals on climate change in sub-Saharan Africa

The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) has launched a new call for project proposals on the theme of Climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa: The impacts and responses for women and girls.

This initiative aims to produce the evidence that local and national policymakers need to inform specific policy interventions for:

Global investment, local struggles

Following the global commodities boom, investment has poured into large-scale extractive, green energy and other resource development projects around the world. Many of these are in the rural margins – places geographically but also politically distant from the centres of economic power.

In many places, tensions, struggles and conflicts have arisen around land ‘grabs’, compensation mechanisms, contracts and work opportunities, as well as environmental damage and social changes associated with large-scale resource developments.

Transform your use of evidence for policy and practice

There is increasing pressure on all of us to make better use of evidence in decision-making whether we work in research, government or NGOs. Colleagues in the IDS Knowledge Impact and Policy Team have been working for some years to help programme managers, policy advisors, evaluators, researchers and communications staff, gain the skills and competencies required to operate effectively at the interface between policy and research.

Participate in the 2020 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

In November 2020, IDS, and over 2,000 fellow members and partners from over 140 countries will meet in Dubai for the biennial Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (#HSR2020), co-sponsored by Health Systems Global (HSG) – the international membership society for people interested and engaged in the generation and use of knowledge from health policy and systems research –  the W

Sussex research findings continue to influence policy on migration and poverty

After nearly a decade, the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (MOOP) is drawing to a close, having conducted research in more than ten countries in an effort to uncover how and why migration plays such a significant role in poverty reduction in some contexts, but not in others.

Can Open Access pay the bills?

For over 20 years, Eldis has provided free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on global development issues. The Eldis database now includes summaries and links to over 60,000 full-text research and policy documents from a growing global network of several thousand research organisations and networks.  

Call for research proposals: African Property Tax Initiative

Following renewed funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DFID, the African Property Tax Initiative (APTI) is pleased to announce a second call for proposals for research projects on property taxation that are of a high academic standard and relevant to policy and practice.

We are calling for proposals on APTI’s six core themes:

Help shape your organisation’s use of evidence and engagement with policy

With the global rise of inequality and conflict and the acute challenges facing the most socially and politically excluded, civil society organisations, charities and development agencies are increasingly concerned with how to effectively broker the knowledge of marginalised communities. Influencing decision makers and institutional practice with evidence requires an explicit focus on power and politics – seeking ways to promote positive change in highly complex policy environments.

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