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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?
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Speakers: Professor David Hulme (University of Manchester).
Date:
Monday 9th 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
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Speakers: Professor Robert Rotberg (Harvard University).
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
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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

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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
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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

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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?
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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

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

Creating Change, Expanding Opportunity - IDD Annual Report 2014-15

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Welcome to IDD's 2014-15 Annual Report.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

New book by Dr Fiona Nunan

New book by Dr Fiona Nunan
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Dr Fiona Nunan's 'Understanding Poverty and the Environment: Analytical Frameworks and Approaches' has just been published by Routledge and is a must-read for students and scholars of environment and development.
Date:
Thursday 10th September 2015

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The 'age of austerity' has not been kind to Western aid agencies and their staff or to those who would defend them. Though Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) has had its budget 'ring-fenced' since 2010 its counterparts elsewhere in Europe have not been so lucky while its equivalent in Australia – AusAID – has disappeared altogether as an independent entity, subsumed into the country's foreign ministry only weeks ago.
Date:
Thursday 10th September 2015

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah
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Title of Research: Prosperity gospel and adherent social mobility in Ghana
Date:
Thursday 10th September 2015

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa's human rights watchdog

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa's human rights watchdog
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Written by Rosa Freedman and Jonathan Fisher. President Jammeh has ruled Gambia with an iron fist since he seized power more than two decades years ago. He is responsible for gross human rights abuses, yet he hosts Africa's human rights watchdog.
Date:
Friday 31st July 2015

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
Date:
Thursday 9th July 2015

Blog: Prizes for local government: Latin America or England?

Blog: Prizes for local government: Latin America or England?
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Written by Dr Andrew Nickson. Last week I was in Panama City to deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Latin American seminar on good practices in municipal management. My topic was the challenges of sub-national governance in the region, after thirty years during which local political democracy has gradually become the norm, accompanied by a growing share of fiscal revenue devolved to local government.
Date:
Monday 22nd June 2015

Why the UK doesn't mind if aid boosts military spending

Why the UK doesn't mind if aid boosts military spending
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. It's not a surprise that development aid frees up money for countries to spend on defence budgets. Why is the UK so shocked by its own policies?
Date:
Friday 19th June 2015

Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?

Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?
Description
Written by Paul Jackson and Heather Marquette. Acres (how many football pitches-worth, we wonder) have been written about the footballing earthquake that followed the arrest of several FIFA officials and the melodramatic end of Sepp Blatter's reign. But here's another angle.
Date:
Friday 12th June 2015

Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed

Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The CAR is a phantom state that has barely existed for years. Even with a ten-way peace deal now signed, what future does it have?
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action
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Professor Paul Jackson has recently co-authored a new book on Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013. Launched at RUSI in May 2015, the monograph examines the development and impact of security-sector reform on the state-building process in Sierra Leone.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

CHASR: A Student's Insight

CHASR: A Student's Insight
Description
RTC has been collaborating with the International Development Department (IDD) for a number of years. Our Masters student, Jeffery Hamann, recounts his experience of taking part in an RTC-led conflict simulation exercise as part of his course. The simulation was conducted as a part of the IDD's CHASR (Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction) module.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015
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