Perspectives, Provocations & Initiatives

This is a place for reflections from platform users on topical issues and challenges. You can share your work here, papers, blogs, reports, books, links to videos or audio.

The Burn, By Goodenough College

Gender Camp - Scotland 20-23 July

Every professional feminist, and aspiring professional feminist, deserves a holiday

Posted on: 14 Mar 2018

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Participatory Video Festival, Ghent, May 2018 - call for videos Mar15

Learn from the most innovative and relevant video-using trends in- and outside academia; in participatory action research, visual ethnography, visual arts, activism, advocacy work etc.

Posted on: 9 Feb 2018

Jakarta Discussion Jan 22nd 2018

Rural development in Indonesia: Towards accountable village governments.

“It is not the torch in Jakarta that would make Indonesia bright, but rather the candles throughout its villages.” Report from Indonesia Alumni Network round-table discussion.

Posted on: 29 Jan 2018

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Video: Q&A on Gender Justice

Watch this short video made by Chloe Vaast (MAGen25) for the #MAGen30 Gender Justice week

Posted on: 9 Nov 2017

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Still rising: women’s movements in a changing world

Guest Blog for the Spotlight on #GenderJustice week in celebration of #MAGen30 Zohra Moosa (MA16), Dinah Musindarwezo (MA20) and Lee Webster (MA18)

Posted on: 3 Nov 2017

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Barabaig: Life, Love and Death on Tanzania's Hanang Plains

IDS Alum Charles Lane (DP90) has written a book about the Barabaig, who he lived with as part of his doctoral studies at IDS in the late 1980s

Posted on: 22 Sep 2017

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Bangladesh Alumni Development Talk Success

IDS Alumni in Bangladesh hold a hugely successful event

Posted on: 24 Aug 2017

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Kenyan Alumni Recognize Governor Mvurya’s Achievement as No Mean Feat.

Laura Chao (MAPov04) tells us about the re-election of Governor Salim Mgalla Mvurya (MAP05)

Posted on: 23 Aug 2017

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Four Headways for Effective ECE Strategy in India

Read about Early Childhood Care, Development and Education (ECCD&E) in India.

Posted on: 21 Aug 2017

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What is there for NGOs? Social Impact Investment in India

Social impact investment in India: what can NGO's offer?

Posted on: 21 Aug 2017

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British citizens say "Refugees are welcome!"

Read about IDS student Jae's first few months in the UK studying for a PhD

Posted on: 19 Jul 2017

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Egypt is in dire shape, Yet how I wish I could go back

Nancy Okail (DPhil06) writes on the anniversary of her prison sentence in the NGO trial; about how Egypt has been deteriorating on all levels and details of the harassment faced in Rome last month.

Posted on: 5 Jun 2017

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Media and Civic Engagement, From Protests to Dialogue TRAILER

Watch IDS alumni in Washington DC talk about Media and Civic Engagement: from protests to dialogue

Posted on: 30 May 2017

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Don't want to care about politics? That's a privilege in action.

On participation, silent majority, and privilege.

Posted on: 15 May 2017

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Know Your Network: Nayelli Torres Salas (MAGen27)

Nayelli Torres Salas (MAGen27) remembers IDS and tells us about her career after graduating

Posted on: 11 May 2017

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Know Your Network: Mahmuda Rahman Khan (MA7)

Read about how Mahmuda Rahman Khan's experiences at IDS has shaped her career

Posted on: 10 May 2017

Signing the #BeBoldForChange wall at the USAID / BRUR event in Bangladesh

Proud to promote Gender Equality

Mahmuda Khan (MA7) shares a report from an event in Bangladesh saying "I always feel proud of being an IDS Alumnus, when doing something to promote gender equality"

Posted on: 8 May 2017

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My Experience of Recovery at IDS

Ben Clench (MAGov12) tell us about his experience of studying at IDS and the challenges of work post qualification following an Acquired Brain Injury.

Posted on: 26 Apr 2017

Jessica (IDS Alum) and Malena, founders of Dare to Eat

IDS Alum Dares you to Eat in Copenhagen!

Dare to Eat Natural, Healthy Snacks Powered by Insects Event

Posted on: 22 Mar 2017

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Challenging orthodoxies - putting learning into practice

Continuing the theme of love and empathy in development; alumna Devi Dewi shares her experience of taking a stand against discrimination in the Indonesian scholarship system.

Posted on: 14 Feb 2017

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Climate Change Communication (Advancing The Paris Agreement in Botswana)

Watch the video created by Climate Exploration Hub for the Film4Climate Competition 2016.

Posted on: 10 Feb 2017

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Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC)

IDS Alumnus and Alumni Ambassador for Kenya Collins Aseka shares his thoughts on the 2nd High Level Meeting of the GPEDC

Posted on: 10 Feb 2017

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Angela Little Special Collection: Sri Lanka

Angela's interest in Education in Sri Lanka began in 1975 at IDS. The Special Collection, hosted at UCL's Institute of Education library, dates from the early twentieth century to the present day.

Posted on: 7 Feb 2017

Fajli Babu(mascot) while selling informs households to change their behaviour for a safe defecation

Life Cycle approach an example of strategic Behaviour Change Communication

Empowering behaviour change process and facilitating an enabling environment for CLTS approach to scale.

Posted on: 17 Jan 2017