News and Views

Posted: 25th July
Super Synthesis
David Coleman, Senior Education Advisor at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, discusses 'Super Synthesis' - a new user-friendly tool which aims to enable decision makers – national governments, development partners and involved stakeholders – to easily assess possible interventions by the level of impact on participation and student learning outcomes, and the likely associated costs.
Posted: 24th July
Dr Elena Schmidt, Director of Strategic Programme Innovations and Developments, Evidence and Research at international development organisation Sightsavers, discusses the benefits of collaborations in developing and implementing effective and high-quality education programmes.
Posted: 18th July
health workers administering microfilaria tests in a bar

In his blog Has politics shaped the terms 'accountability' and 'participation'? Luiz Eduardo Fonseca explores how politics has shaped the meaning of the terms 'accountability'

Posted: 17th July
The Sustainable Development Goals set out an ambitious agenda to achieve universal health coverage for all but how will this goal be reached when we have seen already the ease with which reformed health services and refreshed health resources still fail to reach the people who need them most? An international workshop discusses "Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity" at IDS from 19 to 21 July.
Posted: 11th July
Research Symposium, March 2017
Four development professionals were interviewed to discuss their experiences of using evidence to influence development policy and/or practice in their work.
Posted: 29th June
Jamestown Fishing Village, Accra, Ghana

Christophe Bene explores how resilience can be a powerful concept, bringing insights into how people respond to shocks and also how this can be linked to longer-term development outcomes.

Posted: 29th June
Fishers in Sri Lanka rebuilding their livelihood after the devastating Dec 2004 Tsunami.
Resilience has been increasingly recognized as a powerful concept to help practitioners, academics and policy-makers better understand the links between shocks, response and longer-term development outcomes. The problem however is that so far most of the ‘thinking’ around resilience has been mainly theoretical, with little applied or tested empirically.
Posted: 29th June
Workers harvesting from a commercial farm in Ethiopia

Colonialism brought large-scale farming to Africa, promising modernisation and jobs – but often dispossessing people and exploiting workers. Now, after several decades of independence, and with investor interest growing, African governments are once again promoting large plantations and estates.

Posted: 26th June
Photograph of reporters
We ask Kate Newman (Christian Aid) and Atonu Rabbani (University of Dhaka) ‘what are the challenges for an evidence-based approach to international development in a ‘post-truth’ world?’ This vlog reflects on their responses and broader insights from media, research and civil society.