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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. 

Mixing research and media can go a long way in empowering youth. Because media is built on the idea of two-way conversations and story writing and because the process of making quality media involves creative skills and critical thinking, it is an effective platform to engage children in discussions about social issues.

Micro-enterprises may not make millions but even the smallest of ventures has the potential to transform a community through driving economic growth where it is stagnant, creating jobs where there are none, and generating household incomes and life-changing innovations where subsistence has prevailed.

Crucially, entrepreneurship can  also unlock economic participation for those who face the biggest barriers - particularly women, youths and those in remote, rural locations.

If Britain’s departure from the EU goes ahead – and Theresa May has pledged that “Brexit means Brexit” – there could be far reaching consequences for many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.  But are those consequences all about threats, or could ‘Brexit’ usher in new opportunities for developing nations?

Does Education lead to Economic Growth?

I'm going to discuss the idea that education leads automatically to economic growth or at the very least it ensures economic growth by itself. I'd like to suggest that in order for education to have the positive effects that are intuitively prescribed to it, we must change the way we discuss education and we must adopt an approach that is sufficiently complex. 

An initiative for empowering women in Pakistan through the process of design intervention, aiming to incorporate contemporary designs with traditional Sindhi embroidery motifs from the Tharparkar region. 

Routes to Impact: Look beyond policy change

 “I would recommend against it”, said the Whitehall civil servant, “trying to change policy and especially evidencing it is damn difficult!” 

Posts about women fill development organisations’ Twitter streams. Far from being a sign that we are progressing towards the internationally recognised objective of gender equality, this might just be another blow to it.