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Blog posts - 2012

As December Dawns… (World AIDS Day 2012)

It’s that time of year again. No, not the festive season – not merry Yuletide lights, perfume ads and mistletoe – but time to mark World AIDS Day once more.

With many voices hailing the end of AIDS, there does seem to be cause for celebration or at least optimism on this first of December.

With the high penetration rate of mobile phones and the coming availability of cheap tablet computers across Africa, it is no surprise that there is strong interest in the use of mobile devices for education and learning from the academic and commercial sectors.

For many years it has been understood that three different factors contribute to malnutrition in poor populations – a lack of nutritious foods, diseases, such as diarrhoeal disease in infants, and a lack of care.  

Harnessing Sport and ICTs against HIV/ AIDS

An interdisciplinary research team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Institute of Education (IOE), the Witwatersrand Reproductive Health Institute (WRHI), and Grassroot Soccer (GRS) are conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a sport-based health promotion intervention with biological outcomes. 

11 July, according to the UN, is World Population Day. The aim is to ensure universal access for the world’s women to Reproductive Health Services, including, in the fine print, voluntary family planning.

In truth, the latter offers what is arguably the most cost-effective means of reducing human misery in the long term

A few days ago a British woman died in a London hospital after contracting rabies while on holiday in South Asia Woman with rabies dies at London hospital, BBC News England). Does it mean rabies is back? How worried should we be?

In conjunction with the Association for Commonwealth Universities, LIDC recently organized a two-day conference entitled “Measuring impact of higher education for development”.
The event aimed to generate critical discussion around assessing the impact of higher education interventions in developing contexts, and it attracted a wide variety of stakeholders, from development professionals to academics to evaluation experts.

Nutrition is crucial for meeting the Millennium Development Goal 1 (fighting extreme poverty and hunger), and most of the other MDGs.

Undernutrition increases morbidity and mortality, impairs cognitive development in children and work productivity in adults, and negatively impacts household and national economies.

Impact Evaluation in Development – a crash course

In impact evaluation (IE), the term ‘impact’ is synonymous with attribution, or ‘what difference’ was made by a development project, intervention, programme, or policy. An impact evaluation measures the difference in outcomes with the programme compared to outcomes without the programme, and tells us whether the programme worked or not.