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News & Blog > Blogs: "Perspectives, Provocations & Initiatives"
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Pandemic isn't over yet? Tap talent introducing art therapy for youths in Nairobi

Find out more about the participatory development art therapy provided by the Kiota Initiative (founded by IDS alum Andrew Adwera Ochieng [MASSD01]) i… More...

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Mamunur's ELLA initiative in response to Covid-19

An update on how ELLA and it's founder, alum Mamunur Rahman (MA20) have been working to make and distribute thousands of cloth pads and masks during t… More...

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A Letter from Cameroon: Vaccine rollout and updates

IDS alum Nicoline Nwenushi Wazeh (MAGen28) with contributions from Ndi Nancy Saiboh share details about the financial and social management of the Cov… More...

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Bangladesh needs to adopt urgent reforms to tackle persistent inequality

Suvojit Chattopadhyay (MAGov09) on how after 50 years of being an independent country, Bangladesh could tackle inequalities. Including inclusive devel… More...

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Letter from Kenya: The pandemic isn't over yet

IDS alum Suvojit Chattopadhyay (MAGov09) gives us an update on Kenya's response to Covid-19. Highlighting 3 urgent areas: vaccinations, a plan for lon… More...

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Environmental racism in the UK is real. Anti-racism is the answer

Environmental injustice within a racialised context is environmental racism – a branch of institutional racism in which the realities are evident in t… More...

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Understanding different aspects of 'governance'

Suvojit Chattopadhyay (MAGov09) reflects on his work since IDS on what is good governance, where bureaucray fits in and what considerations need to be… More...

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Development Perspectives: Migrant Workers of India

Ayushi Misra (MADev14) gives a personal perspective on the informal sector workers of India on whom a spotlight of attention fell when Covid-19 expose… More...

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Other worlds are possible, and they do exist

IDS student Aylin Estrada (MADev14) re-imagines some well known development concepts. In collaboration with others they continue to seek answers to di… More...

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Alumni in Bhutan debut documentary on Domestic Violence

A documentary on gender based violence in Bhutan created by IDS and Chevening Alumni to be used in future sensitization efforts, from Project Gakyid (… More...

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Vulnerabilities in Agra's Informal Settlements in the face of Climate Change

Pulkit Mogha (MADev14) shares the stories of three people living and working in Agra to show us how climate change impacts the most vulnerable urban p… More...

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Accountability in the face of trolls: lessons from Mexico

Sam Huckstep (MAGov21) tells us more about how online networks bring risks as well as opportunities to activists and citizens organisations. More...

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Who really needs development, anyway?

MA Gender & Development student Koketso Dlongolo (MAGen34) on UK homelessness in a global context More...

A Better State
Hopes and wishes for what comes next: A Better State

The third and final hope for the post-pandemic, wishing a reinstated “role of the state”, evolving to affirm a more just, more equal, and more fratern… More...

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Covid-19 Response in Sudan: Opportunities Amid Crisis

The Covid-19 crisis has added more pressure to Sudan's transitional government and yet a number of opportunities have arisen in response to the socioe… More...

Why Covid-19 has revealed the need for legal reform on sex work in the UK

Isabelle Tickel (MAGen33) tells us how the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how the current British system detrimentally affects some of the most marginali… More...

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Considerations when embarking on a PhD: Lessons learned from my first year

Katheryn-Margaret Pascoe (MADev12) shares some practical information and tips for starting and surviving your first year of being a PhD researcher usi… More...

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Impact of Covid- 19 on inequalities in the world of work

IDS Student Anjali Dhingra (MADev13) highlights how inequalities are being exacerbated by Covid-19, with marginalised, low-income groups and women bea… More...

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Which step of the ladder? COVID-19 demands and International Development Reports-2020

IDS alum Ranjani Krishnamurthy (MP13) briefly analyses several key international development reports looking for new trends and strategies in a world … More...

Smart Green Lifestyles
Hopes and wishes for what comes next (2/3): Smart Green Lifestyles

A second hope for the post-pandemic, wishing that some of the new sustainable behaviours being adopted in the wake of covid-19 find a way to adhere to… More...

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What does our criticism of urban sustainability reveal about the hypocrisy of the West?

Simone Fernandes (MADev13) asks if given the inequality that persists in cities whether Western countries have a right to criticise booming middle-inc… More...

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Decolonising Begins in an Unlikely Location, Within.

Sarah Stever (MAFood02) tells us about decoloniality, a leading initiative that IDS and many organisations have adopted, and how it must begin as an i… More...

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