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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. 

On 1 December the international community celebrates World AIDS Day, which this year is ambitiously themed ‘Getting to Zero. Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.’

Development education – what does it mean in 2011?

The beginning of a new academic year and the UN Development Information Day on 24 October offer a good opportunity to talk about development education – what we mean under this term, what value it carries, how it has evolved over the years, and, finally, what it means in the second decade of the 21st century.

Pastoral Famines: Potentially the Most Deadly Kind

A quarter-century ago, the Horn of Africa was hit by a famine that killed somewhere between 400,000 and 1 million people and secured the region the unfair reputation as a place of hunger and misery. When famine hit the Horn again this year, analysts and journalists asked the not unreasonable question – will this one be as bad as the 1984-85 famine? For several reasons, this famine could be much worse than that one.

 have just returned from a stimulating fortnight at Akagera National park, Rwanda, where I ran a One Health workshop, held under a professional training initiative which the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has been responsible for implementing in Africa through the African Union IBAR on behalf of RESPOND, as part of the global Emerging Pandemic Threats programme of the USAID.

One of the most difficult issues in global health is how to increase access to medicines, vaccines and technologies. But achieving access is not everything – once access is obtained, the challenge is how to sustain it. These issues are the focus of research we are conducting in collaboration between the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security and the London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The recent emergence of a new and virulent strain of food-borne pathogen, E. coli 104, and its impact across Europe, reflects a longstanding failure to integrate health and agricultural policy.

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