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Every month LIDC and our partners 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) organise a seminar under the theme of ‘What works in international development’.

The seminar series focuses on methods in impact evaluation and doesn’t always stir controversy, but one evening in January the seminar resulted in a very heated discussion.

Researchers working for a university or research institute may assume that because their organisation employs professional communications staff, there is no need for them to communicate their research.

However, research communication is far too important to be left to communicators alone.

World Radio Day is an opportunity to celebrate the enduring power of radio across the world, and this year will pay particular attention to the role that radio plays in promoting gender equality and empowering women.

Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow

The world today faces a complex challenge – improving nutrition for all. Contrary to how malnutrition is often portrayed in western media, it is not a separate problem for the poor (undernutrition) and for the rich (overnutrition).

Around the world, this double burden of food-related illness is very much a challenge for the poor, simply because nutritious foods tend to be more difficult obtain or more expensive.

Finding answers to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya

What does drug use in a Kenyan village, a Rwandan community court and a UK prison have in common? Theoretically, quite a lot.

In our work to identify the reasons why people start injecting drugs in Kenya we are exploring ideas from a range of disciplines and areas of research.

The Photo Competition on the ‘Working Elderly’ in India has now closed.  I

n four weeks it became a people’s research project of nearly 3,000 pictures uploaded and over 34,000 votes that revealed the widespread and diverse nature of older people’s work.

Capacity strengthening: a two-way street

In April as part of a long-established partnership between LIDC and the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) I visited the town of Arusha, Tanzania, to deliver a training session on preparing successful research grant proposals.


National Photo Competition on the ‘Working Elderly’ in India, now a week old, over 900 pictures uploaded and over 8,000 votes, revealing the widespread and diverse nature of older people’s work.

Low carbon development: time to act now

Our climate is rapidly changing around us.

The global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere has recently hit the unprecedented level of 400 parts per million (ppm).

World Radio Day 2013 – new perspectives on radio

World Radio Day is the 13th February, first proclaimed by UNESCO in 2011 to highlight the importance and promote innovation of the medium.

Radio continues to play a unique role in human development communication thanks to its ubiquity, accessibility and low cost.