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Blog posts - 2014

World AIDS Day 2014: Splitting the (HIV) Bill

When it comes to dining out, most of us are familiar with the practice of ‘going Dutch’. Everyone partakes in the food, and everyone foots part of the bill.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are now proposing that such an approach could be used to pay for HIV prevention interventions.

In international development, everyone knows that good intentions are simply not enough.

It is critical to agree on appropriate aims and then make sure that these can be achieved efficiently.

What do farmers attending schools in the African fields have in common with women attending maternity clinics in England?

Both groups have played a role in rigorous academic research. They have influenced studies evaluating programmes that were designed to improve their lives.

The post-2015 agenda is coming into the spotlight.

The proliferation of interest in the agenda-setting process and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) follows the recent meetings of the United Nations Open Working Group at which, for the first time, a draft of the next set of global development goals was available for scrutiny.

Inter-collegiate, interdisciplinary events are always a pleasure to go to, and not only because of LIDC’s focus on interdisciplinary research in international development working with five Bloomsbury Colleges.

That particular approach often unearths issues that would not have been unearthed otherwise, and bringing together academics with the NGO community and policy-makers makes such events even more stimulating.

Will Fat Taxes Make Us Thin?

2.1 billion of us are obese and overweight, according to new figures.

Not only are the waistlines expanding in the usual suspects – wealthy countries such as the UK and USA – but also in countries we typically think of as having problems with under-nutrition; India, China, Brazil, Pakistan and Indonesia are among the top 10 countries that are home to obese individuals.

Global Learning for Global Health Professionals

We live in a globalised world. This is true for all of us, from the suburbs of London to the slums of Nairobi, whatever our profession, and whether or not we travel overseas or stay in one location.

Educational institutions have a particular responsibility for training the next generation of professionals who are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that this globalised world brings.

Researchers working for a university or research institute may assume that because their organisation employs professional communications staff, there is no need for them to communicate their research.

However, research communication is far too important to be left to communicators alone.

Every month LIDC and our partners 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) organise a seminar under the theme of ‘What works in international development’.

The seminar series focuses on methods in impact evaluation and doesn’t always stir controversy, but one evening in January the seminar resulted in a very heated discussion.

World Radio Day is an opportunity to celebrate the enduring power of radio across the world, and this year will pay particular attention to the role that radio plays in promoting gender equality and empowering women.

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