News and Views

Posted: 22-03-2017
A 24" (0.6m) Magic Planet being viewed by attendees wearing 3D glasses at the AMS show, SSEC, University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA
The Digital Development Summit 2017 took place earlier this month. If trends that are disrupting millions of people’s working lives are set to continue, the global community can no longer continue with business as usual. Given the scale of the challenge ahead, and the unique impact that research can have on policy and practice, what does this mean for researchers? Here are five tips for international development researchers in an age of rapid digitisation.
Posted: 08-03-2017
Sewing facility that supports, trains and helps organize piece-workers, Ahmedabad.
The inaugural Digital Development Summit 2017 takes place this week, and following our recent blog on '3 analogue factors that affect the future of tech and work for women", here is the next in the series, by Practical Action's Jonathan Casey, which draws on recent research on technology and the future of work.
Posted: 06-03-2017
This three-day international conference in October aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, and inspiring action towards change. Calls for proposals are invited on four themes. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2017.
Posted: 06-03-2017
Photograph of a Wolayta boy, Ethiopia
Keetie Roelen introduces the context and main themes for a three-day international conference “Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa” which will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentation or other interactive engagements that provoke critical reflection and debate. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2017.
Posted: 06-03-2017
Vietnamese school children
Knowledge and evidence for policy and practice matters in any context. But critical scrutiny of the evidence to policy process is particularly important in development contexts, where knowledge is often produced or brokered by external actors.
Posted: 06-03-2017
In a so-called 'post-truth' world, where experts are viewed with increasing suspicion, how do academics, practitioners and donors work together to ensure evidence informs policies and practices that have a transformative impact on people’s lives and contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty?
Posted: 03-03-2017
New Wipunu Water Source
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa. Growing demand for groundwater is putting pressure on the resource while researchers struggle to accurately estimate the future supply. But a team from Oxford University says that low-cost mobile sensors attached to pumps could solve the problem.
Posted: 03-03-2017
The UK’s long standing partnership with Bangladesh’s research and development community has been absolutely critical to the country’s remarkable progress over the last forty years.
Posted: 02-03-2017
Young women learn computer skills
In connection with the upcoming inaugural Digital Development Summit 2017, this blog by Nanjira Sambuli is the third is a series exploring the future of work in an increasingly digital world. Drawing on findings from the Women's Rights Online initiative, Sambuli highlights the ‘analogue’ factors that may create or undermine a viable future of technology and work for women in developing countries.
Posted: 01-03-2017
A two-day workshop hosted by DFID, ESRC and the Impact Initiative for Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research (RLO) grant holders provided a welcome opportunity for researchers to meet, build networks, explore opportunities for scientific collaboration and share approaches and obstacles when considering pathways to impact.