2015 elections in West Africa: turbulent times ahead

West Africa is heading towards turbulent times right from the onset of 2015. Citizens in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso are getting ready to go to the polls, in many cases against a backdrop of political instability.

Global health meets genomics: inequalities and politics

Scientific advances in the understanding of genetics and genomics have the potential to generate major improvements for human health in the near future. However, from a global health perspective, the translation of this technology into new medical treatments raises profound international and local issues around inequality, identity and insecurity.

Eldis Top 10 downloads of 2014

It's that time of year when we traditionally publish our "best sellers" list of which new documents have been downloaded the most times in 2014. Over 22,500 documents have been accessed via Eldis this year with over 150,000 downloads in total.

Climate change features prominently in the list reflecting the additional emphasis we've been able put on this topic with the support of CDKN. And it's great to see a mix of north and south in the list of publishers here.

Here's the Top 10...

Evidence on Demand launch new Learning Zone

Our colleagues at Evidence on Demand have launched a new online Learning Zone. Available on the Evidence on Demand website, this new e-learning portal already contains two learning modules on greening development, based on Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance, a manual published by the OECD.

Spotlight series: The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)

EPHI logoThis week we turn our attention to The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) was established to protect and promote the health of the Ethiopian people by addressing priority public Health and Nutrition problems.

Human Rights 365 - every day is a human rights day

This year’s Human Rights Day theme, Human Rights 365, stressed the importance of recognizing every day as a human rights day. It highlighted the key principle that human rights are for everyone, everywhere, and at all times. Human rights defenders worldwide have posted their messages on the video sharing platform Vine to celebrate the event.

The politics of ‘triple wins’ and trade-offs in climate compatible development

Fatema Rajabali and Elaine Mercer, introduce a series of short videos presenting key findings and lessons learnt from a research project on climate compatible development. The video series was created with the intention that it would be used as a learning (or teaching) tool for those interested in understanding more about climate compatible development.

Women, peace and security – annual review of Resolution 1325

The UN reaffirmed the importance of women’s empowerment for global peace and security at this year’s annual review of resolution 1325, on October 28. The Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security highlights that there have been some significant achievements in 2013 including: 

Eldis and partners join the Open Knowledge Hub launch

Members of the Eldis team, and some of our partners, were at the Open Development Camp in Amsterdam on October 10th to formally launch the Open Knowledge Hub.

The hub is a collaborative “Open Data” platform for sharing digital content about development that aims to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence-informed policy making and practice by development actors. A key aspect of the hub’s design is to raise the profile of diverse perspectives on development, paying particular attention to research content from developing countries.

Spotlight - Urban LandMark

This week we turn our attention to Urban LandMark, the Urban Land Markets Programme in Southern Africa, for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.