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News & Blog > Blogs: "Perspectives, Provocations & Initiatives"
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Ten Golden Rules For Mexican and Latin American Workers in the U.S. Surviving Covid-19

I wrote this report during the first two months of the Covid19 pandemic. Many farm workers have died of Covid-19. Death rates among farm workers has b… More...

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Masehual Siuamej: Indigenous women in resistance for their livelihoods and defence of land rights

Marisol (MADev14) has been profoundly affected by the way that Masehual women understand and relate to nature and envisage development in terms of fre… More...

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Women and poverty in China: what has been missed out in the poverty elimination campaign?

Shiqing Gong (MADev14) asks whether issues of women and poverty may have been missed during China's national poverty elimination poverty campaign. More...

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Data mining: To Regulate or Not to Regulate?

Samirah Bello (MAGlob13 ) tells us more about data mining and asks you to think about whether further regulation is needed to mitigate potential harm,… More...

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The single sided story of Africa

Mavis Elias (MAGlob13) challenges us to think about realities of a complex African continent versus the simplistic western media narrative of Africa More...

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Diaries of a Development Practitioner: Thoughts on Immersion

IDS alum Julia Pá (MADev01) on the joy and impact of her experiences of immersing in communities since being inspired by Robert Chambers at IDS in 200… More...

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The Economic Cost of Nigeria's Insecurity, What Must We Do?

IDS alum Olusola Owonikoko (MAGlob10) shares his thoughts on how Nigeria's insecurity is damaging the country's developmental progress. More...

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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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