Apply now to join Matasa Fellows Network

This week the Matasa Fellows Network is launching a call for young African researchers to apply to become a fellow. Given the major role that the African private sector can play in tackling youth unemployment and underemployment, the chosen theme of this year’s fellowship is Youth Employment and Private Sector Growth in Africa. The Matasa Fellows Network is a joint initiative of the The Mastercard Foundation and Institute of Development Studies.

Register now: free GODAN Action e-learning course on open data!

Our partners at the GODAN Action network will soon be delivering a new e-learning course on ‘Open Data and Research Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition’. The course will run from the 13th November to 8th December 2017, and is open to infomediaries, policy makers, administrators, project managers, researchers and scientists working in the area of agriculture.

Welcome to the new Eldis!

If you are a regular user of Eldis you will notice some quite big changes to both the appearance of the website and how things are organised.

For the last few months we’ve been working hard on what is the biggest update to our services in over 10 years. These changes reflect not just some long-awaited improvements to the website itself but also an important shift in how the Eldis team here at IDS will deliver on our mission to increase the accessibility of useful and relevant research on global development challenges.

Eldis 20th Anniversary Workshop: Learning from 20 years of digital knowledge sharing

More than 50 participants gathered at IDS on 15th and 16th September for our 20th Anniversary workshop.

"From dial-up to the data revolution: Learning from 20 years of digital knowledge sharing for global development. "

The event was a celebration of our 20 years as an online knowledge sharing platform but also a space for us to bring together colleagues to reflect on the key lessons from that 20 years and to examine the challenges and opportunities for our sector moving forward.

New Lancet series on the role of the private sector in Universal Health Coverage

Health care in many low- and middle-income countries is a complex mix of private and public provision, with a range of different private actors including spiritual and traditional healers, private hospitals and unqualified drug suppliers, to name but a few. This mix makes it difficult to generalise about how best to achieve Universal Health Coverage in these contexts. 

Five key lessons on effective governance reform from SPARC Nigeria

Eldis editor Alan Stanley was invited to Abuja recently to attend the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) end-of-programme learning event. Based on what he heard he highlights five key lessons from the programme on effective governance reform. Back in 2013, after some brief meetings and correspondence via email, Eldis began a content partnership with the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC).

States, Markets and Society - IDS 50th Anniversary Conference, July 2016

Join IDS for a high profile, two day conference in July that will bring cutting-edge thinking, experience and reflection on ‘States, markets and society in a reconfigured world: Defining a new era for development’.

The Institute of Development Studies, based at Sussex University in the UK, turns 50 years old this year.  As development moves into a new era, leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners are invited to join in a serious intellectual debate about the challenges and implications of development in the future.

Using open knowledge approaches to improve development outcomes

The Open Knowledge Hub project brings together knowledge producers and intermediaries, particularly those in developing countries, to work together collaboratively to address gaps and inequalities in the availability and accessibility of development research. In particular the project focuses on using Open Knowledge approaches – emerging technology and standards from the Open Access and Open Data movements.

Migration and Marginalisation - new publications from the Institute of Development Studies

What factors shape a person’s decision to migrate? Who stays behind in a war zone or highly insecure context, and why? A person’s gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, health or disability shape every stage of the migration experience.

The Institute of Development Studies has recently published two resources around the theme of migration and marginalisation which focus on gender, ageing and sexuality as key influencing factors.

Are we heading towards more open government?

This first issue of the new IDS Bulletin – which has just relaunched as an Open Access publication – brings together research on recent contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance. They also discuss weaknesses that limit the effectiveness and impact of these contributions. The articles – by researchers and practitioners – approach contemporary challenges of achieving transparency, accountability and openness from a wide range of subject positions and professional and disciplinary angles.

Annual UN gender equality event takes on sustainable development

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-24 March 2016, attended by state representatives, advocates for gender equality and UN representatives from across the world.

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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