Who Does the Research on Aid Effectiveness? It Matters.
The call to rethink development aid as a catalyst of development efforts, and not as development’s main mover, is now part of mainstream development discourse, including institutions like the World Bank. The next, inevitable, step will be to understand under which conditions aid can play the role of a catalyst. Two policy dialogues organised last year by the Global Development Network and partners, concluded that if we want to answer the question of effectiveness of aid, both government and researchers of aid receiving countries need to take a lead in setting the aid effectiveness research agenda.
Recent Graduate: My Experience of Working Against Human Trafficking in India
In this new blog post series, we will be hearing from recent graduates about their experiences in entry-level development roles. In this first post, recent SOAS graduate Pankhuri Agarwal writes about her experience of working in India against human trafficking.
‘Women’ and Water Inequality: Why We Need to Look Deeper into ‘Gender’ to Overcome Water Poverty
The global water crisis is happening right now. WaterAid states that “a lack of safe water, proper toilets and good hygiene affects women and girls most” making water poverty undoubtedly a gender issue. However, if we are going to properly understand and account for all experiences of water poverty, we need to change the way we think about gender, women, and water.
Why is Communicating in Local Languages Important?
What is the most important problem or barrier to be addressed when giving someone the knowledge and confidence to do a mission critical job? We suggest it is how you communicate the key information to empower locals and then the ease with which they can translate that knowledge into practical action.
Statelessness and International Development: The importance of incorporating stateless populations into development processes
Statelessness is a global issue, affecting millions and it often leads to human rights violations and exclusion from development processes. Whilst there has been a lack of recognition of statelessness and its detrimental effects in international development, recent efforts by both civil society organisations and UN agencies signal a hopeful move towards making ending statelessness a priority.
In the Clutches of a Long-Standing Genocide: Pakistan's Hazara Community
The minority Hazara community of Pakistan has been in the grip of sectarian violence for decades. Amidst the conflict, most Hazaras have fled the country while others await their predetermined fate. In this time of hopelessness and chaos, Pakistan’s national education system, which is laden with bias and propaganda, plays a crucial role in fuelling tension between communities. It is high time the government introduces educational policy reform as a step toward conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
Tackling Global Inequality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
At the LIDC Biennial Conference on ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inequality’ in April we had an afternoon of parallel sessions on a range of issues including health and nutrition, education, corruption, linguistics and economics and infrastructure. Here is a sum up of the key points of each session and the issues and solutions discussed.
Can We Solve Planetary Hunger?: An Anthropology of Dietary Science
“We need to think of humanity as one of the key driving forces of global environmental change”. Human beings are changing ecosystems globally, and this is having a profound impact on our ability to feed ourselves. Researchers working on issues of global hunger must now take an increasingly dynamic approach to hunger because hunger is shifting. Hunger today is in transition, changing alongside human health and the global climate.
Can Tanzania Reverse the Curse?
Many resource rich countries fall victim to the natural resource curse. Tanzania has recently discovered vast reserves of natural gas, and has passed policies over effective management of these reserves. It is leaving many people asking if this new legislation is enough for Tanzania to reverse the curse.
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How was I going to be able to resolve the facts I knew about infant mortality (Angola has one of the highest rates of children dying before they reach their 5th birthday) and maternal death (also high in Angola) with the type of “first-world” health care I was seeing? My stethoscope was not going to help me communicate this. I reached for my camera.