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Blog: Obama’s Global Food Security Act - a new global politics of provisions?

Aug 2016
Terrorist attacks and a related rash of populist political uprisings in this hot and hungry El Nino season of mid-2016 pushed at least one event off the headlines it should rightly have occupied. This was the passage of the United States Government’s ‘Global Food Security Act of 2016’, signed by President Obama in July. Naomi Hossein, a Research Fellow in the Power and Popular Politics Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, explores the global politics of food provision.
Photo ID 468142. 27/03/2011. Sudan. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran
Over 75 million children around the world are currently out of school, and over half of them live in conflict-affected countries (CACs). The evidence from this project suggests as an international community, we are currently failing in our efforts due to the "stunning lack of evidence" as to what works to promote children's learning in the context of conflict and crisis.
Our ESRC/DFID funded research (RES-167-25-0557) suggested that shame associated with poverty is ubiquitous and structural being imposed by others in their dealings with people in poverty. Shame may serve to perpetuate poverty through eroding individual agency, while policies that stigmatise could be counterproductive in adding to the debilitating effects of shame.
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The role of the urban informal economy in poverty-reduction and peace-building in five post-conflict cities with different experiences: institutional struggles for state control, economic conflict over control of resources, social/political control and emergent governance.
Advocacy at the community level, Tanzania.
This research is exploring practical ways in which citizens in low income countries can hold their local leaders to account for their performance in delivering basic services and in reducing poverty.

Urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly. While there has been considerable attention paid to the challenges of African mega-cities, the experiences of smaller urban areas have been relatively neglected. Secondary cities, with populations of less than half a million, are absorbing two-thirds of all urban population growth in Africa.

The work of parliament and parliamentarians is changing within most nations: they grow stronger as many countries develop better structures and processes but weaker in the sense that many citizens become more disillusioned with their political leaders. An engaged democracy is essential for the most overarching social and economic development goals and especially those concerned with poverty reduction and challenging inequalities.

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What political and institutional conditions are associated with effective poverty reduction and development in Liberia post-conflict, and what can domestic and external actors do to promote them?

In Indian cities many people live in marginal areas, with insecure housing, and inadequate provision of most public services, such as water and sanitation, electricity, garbage collection and policing.

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