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Natural Resource Governance Policy Brief

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Read the latest policy brief by Fiona Nunan and Mary Menton on how renewable natural resources can be effectively governed, delivering on equity and sustainability.
Date:
Thursday 8th February 2018

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis
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Matteo presented his most recent book published with Oxford University Press: "Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis".
Date:
Monday 15th January 2018

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas
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Dr Alice Evans, Lecturer in International Development at King's College London researches inequality, social change and global production networks. Using ethnographic research from Latin America, her talk on "Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas" explores how social mobilisation can catalyse greater government commitment to socially inclusive economic growth.
Date:
Thursday 21st December 2017

Are reparations transforming Colombian women's lives?

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With a change of approach, reparations could reinforce a long-term process of gendered citizenship-building instead of treating women as dependent and unequal victims, writes Sane Weber for LSE blog.
Date:
Monday 18th December 2017

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

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Professor of Democracy and International Development Nic Cheeseman in The Conversation: The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
Date:
Wednesday 13th December 2017

A close up look at the social networks of Lake Victoria's fisherfolk

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Director of International Development Fiona Nunan in The Conversation: Social ties between Lake Victoria's fisherfolk are critical for gaining access to credit, employment, maintaining reliable and skilled labour and access to markets.
Date:
Tuesday 28th November 2017

Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. Zambia's president is securing powers to consolidate his political control while generating 'plausible deniability' to whether or not he has fatally undermined democracy.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Students and staff win awards at the University Graduate School Awards 2017

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Doctoral research students in IDD and POLSIS win awards at the recent University Graduate School Awards while Dr Adam Quinn wins the award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision, College of Social Sciences.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Zambia slides towards authoritarianism as IMF props up government

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The IMF's decision to go ahead with a bailout package for Zambia, despite the government's democratic failings, could embolden the president to pursue an authoritarian strategy.
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Monday 19th June 2017

IDD Policy Research Shapes Debate

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On Friday 09 June 2017, the International Development Department hosted a policy open day to share the findings of recent research projects with senior partners and policy makers.
Date:
Friday 16th June 2017

IDD Lecturer awarded Outstanding Teaching Award 2016-17 in the College of Social Sciences

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The International Development Department (IDD) is pleased to announce that Willem Van Eekelen, a Part-time Visiting Lecturer in IDD, has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Social Sciences 2016-17.
Date:
Friday 16th June 2017

Four ways the Kenyan elections could be rigged – and how to stop it

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The closer the race between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the more Kenyans will start to worry about election rigging.
Date:
Friday 9th June 2017

Making Climate Compatible Development Happen

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Fiona Nunan draws out key lessons from her edited book 'Making Climate Compatible Development Happen' in a blog on the Climate and Development Knowledge Network website.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict
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Dr Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Presented his new book (with Philip Roessler) about the outbreak of the Congo War: "Why Comrades go to War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict" (Hurst and OUP: 2016).
Date:
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Nic Cheeseman's research makes the front pages

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Professor Nic Cheeseman's research on Zambian politics has made headlines around the world. An opinion piece on the danger of democratic backsliding under President Edgar Lungu that was originally published by The Conversation was read by over 55,000 people.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd May 2017

We need to talk about Zambia as it falls from grace under President Lungu

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The world's media, which has in the past found Zambia uninteresting, are suddenly paying more attention to the impoverished nation, for all the wrong reasons.
Date:
Friday 19th May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Responsibility and Its Avoidance: Essays in Public Management and Governance

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Responsibility and Its Avoidance: Essays in Public Management and Governance
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Speaker: Dr Donald Curtis, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania
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Speaker: Dan Paget, University of Oxford.
Date:
Thursday 27th April 2017

Haiti's cholera victims still can't get what they need from the UN

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Written by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Senior Lecturer, International Development Department and Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading. By not acknowledging what Haitians themselves think they need, the UN is failing to sort out one of its worst ever blunders.
Date:
Thursday 20th April 2017
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