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Last month I attended the first ResUp MeetUp symposium and training exchange organised in Nairobi by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDED), with funding from UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The meeting gathered together about 150 research uptake specialists from across the world, working in academia, think tanks and NGOs.

India’s broken education system

The quality of India’s education system is abysmal.

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), published by Pratham in January 2015, showed that although school enrollment had increased, students’ learning levels had comparatively regressed since the previous year.

Let’s take a hypothetical development student. Mary is about to graduate with a first or upper second degree from a leading university. She is bright, ambitious and her dream is to work in international development.

She knows it’s tough to get in and she’s determined to do everything it takes to get that first job and then progress. If you are reading this, chances are that you are quite similar to Mary.

World AIDS Day 2014: Splitting the (HIV) Bill

When it comes to dining out, most of us are familiar with the practice of ‘going Dutch’. Everyone partakes in the food, and everyone foots part of the bill.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are now proposing that such an approach could be used to pay for HIV prevention interventions.

In international development, everyone knows that good intentions are simply not enough.

It is critical to agree on appropriate aims and then make sure that these can be achieved efficiently.

What do farmers attending schools in the African fields have in common with women attending maternity clinics in England?

Both groups have played a role in rigorous academic research. They have influenced studies evaluating programmes that were designed to improve their lives.

The post-2015 agenda is coming into the spotlight.

The proliferation of interest in the agenda-setting process and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) follows the recent meetings of the United Nations Open Working Group at which, for the first time, a draft of the next set of global development goals was available for scrutiny.

Inter-collegiate, interdisciplinary events are always a pleasure to go to, and not only because of LIDC’s focus on interdisciplinary research in international development working with five Bloomsbury Colleges.

That particular approach often unearths issues that would not have been unearthed otherwise, and bringing together academics with the NGO community and policy-makers makes such events even more stimulating.

Will Fat Taxes Make Us Thin?

2.1 billion of us are obese and overweight, according to new figures.

Not only are the waistlines expanding in the usual suspects – wealthy countries such as the UK and USA – but also in countries we typically think of as having problems with under-nutrition; India, China, Brazil, Pakistan and Indonesia are among the top 10 countries that are home to obese individuals.

Global Learning for Global Health Professionals

We live in a globalised world. This is true for all of us, from the suburbs of London to the slums of Nairobi, whatever our profession, and whether or not we travel overseas or stay in one location.

Educational institutions have a particular responsibility for training the next generation of professionals who are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that this globalised world brings.