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Looking at the relationships and interactions between goals and their governance structures is key to their success, says LIDC director Jeff Waage

This is my very short explanation of the Sustainable Development Goals, how they are formed and what the key dates are for in immediate future.

Last week the global development circus descended on a neo-gothic warehouse in Brussels. The event is connected to the wider European Year for Development.

The sequence of #LIDCconf tweets from the day

Addressing food and nutrition insecurity is an important challenge for global health, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  We can see this at a fundamental level in the data that tell us that in sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, Western Asia and Oceania, we will be unable to meet the Millennium Development Goal on halving hunger (UNDP Progress Report 2014).

Nepal earthquake and humanitarian response

The earthquake in Nepal was not the question of ‘if’, rather it was the question of ‘when’. Unpredictability and the lack of adequate preparedness for this disaster has now wrecked this beautiful Himalayan country.

Who is afraid of … a journalist?

I have just come back after a week in Morogoro, Tanzania, where I facilitated a workshop on communications and audience engagement for researchers at the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) based at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. 

Working with NGOs, what’s the point?

LIDC was established as an inter-institutional organisation that supports academic work relating to international development, yet over the past 18 months we have organised a number of events and started various initiatives that have encouraged our members to  connect with counterparts in the NGO sector. 

“Once a Volunteer, Always a Volunteer…”

I think once you start volunteering, it’s something that you can’t imagine not doing. At least, that’s my experience. I first started volunteering with the Klevis Kola Foundation almost a year ago. 

Investigating the issues affecting the health of both pastoralists and their livestock requires a broad consideration of the local socio-political and ecological context, their understanding of zoonotic diseases and associated risks and the accuracy of their indigenous diagnostic knowledge and terminology.