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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.

In recent cases like the refugee crisis, it is not difficult to see a regional conflict and a critical situation generating unexpected results across regions. Since conflicts and crises influence international society beyond borders, media have started paying more attention to the issues and reporting them more frequently than before. News reports about conflicts often cause controversies invoking emotions which seem disruptive for thorough understanding, but being emotive can be an effective means to attract attention.

How do we understand violence against women?

Violence against women (VAW) gained public attention through a feminist movement only in the 1970s. Since then, it has received global recognition as a pertinent public health, social and political issue that all lawmakers must pay heed to. Despite the growing concern, research and knowledge on VAW suffer from serious limitations and major gaps exist in thinking and policy. The problem thus continues to be a severe problem that violates the rights, liberties and security of women and girls across the world.

Digital Leisure and Development

In this technology driven world, introduction of technology to the digitally backward has become a popular agenda for development

Tracing sustainability in global food chains

This article briefly discusses the different systems for tracing sustainability in global food chains and pays particular attention to the marketisation of sustainability through certificates.

Linguistic minority rights

The 60 indigenous, regional or minority languages that are officially recognized in the European Union are spoken by nearly 50 million people, making them a very demanding issue for both the EU and the affected Member States to handle.

*** The 2016 short course is now open for applications. See http://www.lidc.org.uk/sc-impacteval ***

Last week we held the second edition of the short course on Evaluation for Development Programmes. For five days we hosted twenty-seven people from thirteen different countries on a course on evaluation for development programmes.

The Long Read: Education and Peacebuilding in the Somali Region

Dr Tejendra Pherali reflects on his recent trip to a partner university in Somaliland, the real dangers of researching in areas of conflict, and poignant reminders of how the refugee crisis affects communities.