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Blog posts - 2016

Why Comics? resources have a powerful impact, because they’re real stories. No matter your ethnicity, age, gender or literary levels, people can understand and empathise with the human stories.

Afghanistan could get out of the vicious circle of poverty by developing the mining industry, but there are many obstacles the country cannot overcome.

Last year, our eight-week radio project in Somalia gathered nearly 20,000 text messages from over 8400 people. Impressive numbers - but did the data tell us anything interesting or useful? Was the data authentic and of high quality, and were we able to translate it into actionable insights?

Theatre and art performances are used as a channel for people in different settings, like war, post war and AIDS-epidemic countries, to express their sufferings or for educational reasons to bring about social and cultural changes that impact the efficacy of development efforts in these settings.

LIDC launched its seed funding for projects in 2013, with the specific aim of promoting intercollegiate research to address the challenges faced by low and middle income countries. The awards made have led to successful full project bids in a broad range of innovative subject areas.

What were the outcomes of this year's #ScienceAfrica UnConference?

During the day, Mauritius’ President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and other figures at the heart of Africa’s development agenda, argued for greater efforts to equip young Africans with high-level scientific and technical skills needed to address development challenges. 

The Stockholm Tech Fest Solutions Summit seemed to be a well overdue initiative – by bringing the insight of NGOs and policy makers into contact with the creativity and know-how of tech entrepreneurs

Empowering Africa’s future scientific leaders is by no means a small challenge. Across the continent, education rates are improving, but there is still much to do. 

Throughout my working years and my academic experience, I always felt I needed to do a course in monitoring and evaluation. Luckily I discovered the LIDC intensive short course on Evaluation for Development Programmes and the knowledge and network of like-minded professionals gained has proved invaluable to my career and professional development.

The Gulf countries have a long history of aid donorship but a sharp drop in oil revenues is casting doubts over the sustainability of Gulf donors’ aid programs. Is development aid from the Gulf region under threat? This blog post aims to evaluate Gulf development assistance in the light of uncertainties in the energy market. 

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