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About LIDC

New Approaches to International Development

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) facilitates interdisciplinary research and activities to tackle complex problems in international development and create a network of interdisciplinary researchers.

We bring together academics and students from across the following University of London colleges: SOAS, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, UCL Institute of Education, Birkbeck, Queen Mary University and City, University of London.


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After much deliberation, the winners of the London International Development Centre’s (LIDC) global development photography competition have been announced.

Kevin Queenan, a research assistant from the Royal Veterinary College, was awarded first place for his striking image of a Maasai Moran at a slaughter slab.

Now in its second year, the ‘Lens on Development’ competition is open to all students, staff and alumni of LIDC’s member colleges. This year’s theme was global development challenges.

It is often stated that the massive gains in health in Europe and North America at the turn of the 20th century were the result of improvements in water and sanitation (for example, construction of sewers). However, careful examination of records from this time period paints a more complex picture; in some cases, health gains happened before these developments while in other cases health gains failed to follow after improvements in water and sanitation had been put in place.

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