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Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Elites, peasants and soldiers: The war for national identity in the Angolan Central Highlands

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Elites, peasants and soldiers: The war for national identity in the Angolan Central Highlands
Description
Speaker: Dr Justin Pearce, University of Cambridge.
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

New article on political economy analysis and ownership

New article on political economy analysis and ownership
Description
A new Development in Practice article by IDD's Jonathan Fisher and Heather Marquette discusses the tensions between development agencies' focus on donor-centric political economy analysis and their interest in fostering partner countries' ownership of development agendas.
Date:
Thursday 7th January 2016

Making sense of urban poverty

Making sense of urban poverty
Description
Dr Philip Amis' 1995 paper 'Making sense of urban poverty' is highlighted as the most read article in the Urbanisation and Development journal over the last 25 years.
Date:
Thursday 7th January 2016

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Burundian army's identity crisis: From post-conflict to peacekeeping army and back again

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Burundian army's identity crisis: From post-conflict to peacekeeping army and back again
Description
Speaker: Dr Nina Wilén (Université libre de Bruxelles).
Date:
Thursday 17th December 2015

Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations

Description
The aim of the two-year full-time pre-Masters programme is to provide an entry route into our MA/MSc courses in International Development and Relations for students who do not have the traditional requirements for direct entry to the programme. Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations.
Date:
Wednesday 16th December 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Symbolic politics, legalism and implementation: The case of the new street vendors law in India

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Symbolic politics, legalism and implementation: The case of the new street vendors law in India
Description
Speaker: Dr Philip Amis (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Thursday 10th December 2015

Podcast: Arming the Rebels: International Ethics and the Question of Justified Armed Revolt

Podcast: Arming the Rebels: International Ethics and the Question of Justified Armed Revolt
Description
Speakers: Chris Finlay (POLSIS) and James Pattison (Manchester).
Date:
Monday 30th November 2015

Explainer: what is going on in Mali?

Explainer: what is going on in Mali?
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria
Description
Speaker: Ambassador Jack Matlock. During his 35 years in the American Foreign Service (1956-1991), Jack Matlock served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983. Before his appointment to Moscow as Ambassador, Mr. Matlock served three tours at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1981.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Brokering peace in Nepal

Brokering peace in Nepal
Description
The Times Higher Education's John Elmes talks to Paul Jackson about the politics scholar's central role during negotiations between the Nepalese government and Maoist rebels.
Date:
Thursday 19th November 2015

Our Voices: "Nuestras Voces": Photographic Exhibition, 19-25 November 2015, Foyer, Muirhead Tower

Description
The International Development Department is delighted to announce that an exhibition produced through a project led by Juany Murphy will be launched on Thursday 19th November at 5pm. Juany has just completed her MSc in Development Management with IDD and is a Director of the Otra Cosa Network.
Date:
Friday 13th November 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Transformative political leadership: Making a difference in the developing world

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Transformative political leadership: Making a difference in the developing world
Description
Speakers: Professor Robert Rotberg (Harvard University).
Date:
Monday 9th November 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: How did governance get into the SDGs and what does this mean?

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: How did governance get into the SDGs and what does this mean?
Description
Speakers: Professor David Hulme (University of Manchester).
Date:
Monday 9th November 2015

IDD academic awarded SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015

IDD academic awarded SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015
Description
Dr Jonathan Fisher, Senior Lecturer in African Politics, International Development Department has been recognised with the SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015. Dr Fisher attended a ceremony on Thursday 05 November 2015 to accept his award.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015

The inclusiveness test: making change work

Description
The key challenge of development until 2040 is learning how to close the gap between ideals and actual progress. By Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP Senior Research Fellow)
Date:
Thursday 5th November 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Poor people's politics: A structural political economy approach

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Poor people's politics: A structural political economy approach
Description
Speakers: Professor Caroline Hughes (University of Bradford), Dr Jane Hutchison (Murdoch University).
Date:
Monday 26th October 2015

Colombia's Women, Tried By War, Find New Power

Description
New in Foreign Policy: Colombia's women find political voice despite their suffering in the war, say Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP Senior Research Fellow, IDD) and Pilar Domingo (ODI).
Date:
Friday 16th October 2015

Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?

Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?
Description
If only we had magical blasters that could get rid of corruption, says Dr Heather Marquette. Sadly, more realistic approaches are needed. Written for The Guardian.
Date:
Wednesday 14th October 2015

IDD Impact case studies 2015

Description
Research by IDD academics ranked in top 20 examples of UK research contributing to global development
Date:
Wednesday 30th September 2015
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