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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. 

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.