Making a living and securing basic necessities in challenging environments. Including issues such as: social protection, climate change, resource scarcity, human capital, disabilities, resilience, and wellbeing.

Blog: Perception matters: new insights into what determines resilience

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. In his blog, he discusses research findings that challenge assumptions of conventional models suggesting that resilience is not just about income or assets.  The research findings are significant for building better resilience interventions.

Blog: "This is not just about assets”: new insights into social determinants of resilience
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.
News: The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa

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. But the new corporate interest in African agriculture has been criticised as a “land grab”.

Blog: Why should NGOs care about the future of work?
Following on from the inaugural Digital Development Summit which took place last month, IDS's Becky Faith explains why the future of work needs a thorough exploration in an international development context.
Blog: Five tips for academics disrupted by digitisation
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.
University of Nairobi
This project aims to expand the existing evidence base around how pedagogical practices affect the development of critical thinking at African higher education institutions in Kenya, Ghana and Botswana.

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