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Research methods

Terminology and the challenges of categorisation: The Emerging Economies

The literature on Economics and International Relations displays a heavy use of the term ‘Emerging Economies’, which is often associated with both developed and developing countries. Yet it has not been entirely accepted neither as an economic notion nor as a political one, mostly because the complexity in the dissimilar markets that integrate the emerging set  has cast doubt on the appropriateness of the term to encompass so much diversity.

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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. 

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Three big questions in research uptake: what, why, who?

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.

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Monitoring and evaluation: an insider’s guide to the skills you’ll need

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.

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Evaluating social interventions: What works? In whose terms? And how do we know it works?

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.

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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.

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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.


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Harnessing Sport and ICTs against HIV/ AIDS

An interdisciplinary research team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Institute of Education (IOE), the Witwatersrand Reproductive Health Institute (WRHI), and Grassroot Soccer (GRS) are conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a sport-based health promotion intervention with biological outcomes. 

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Evaluating the impact of higher education for development – opportunities and challenges

In conjunction with the Association for Commonwealth Universities, LIDC recently organized a two-day conference entitled “Measuring impact of higher education for development”.
The event aimed to generate critical discussion around assessing the impact of higher education interventions in developing contexts, and it attracted a wide variety of stakeholders, from development professionals to academics to evaluation experts.

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