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26 Jan 2017 description

26 January 2017

South Africa ranks highest in the first Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index– Africa (HANCI-Africa) launched today. Produced by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with African Union’s New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

25 Feb 2015 description

Huff, A.R.
IDS Practice Paper in Brief 16
Publisher IDS

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As the Ebola crisis continues to unfold across West Africa and the international community belatedly responds, broader questions arise beyond the immediate challenges on the ground.

26 Nov 2014 description

Last week, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine launched the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP), in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies and the University of Exeter. The platform is an online resource to help health workers work more effectively with local communities.

Improving evidence and understanding of Ebola

22 Jul 2014 description

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and its spread to other areas of West Africa has caused global alarm. As one of the world's most infectious and deadly diseases, with no cure, the level of fear surrounding Ebola is to an extent expected. However, much of the fear is rooted in misunderstandings. Dispelling these misunderstandings is perhaps the biggest challenge in tackling Ebola and is critical to furthering our knowledge about the disease and efforts to control it.

19 May 2014 description

In evidence to the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee, IDS research fellow Jeremy Allouche underlined the need for greater efforts to be focused on ensuring that the benefits of greater stability and strong economic performance in Sierra Leone were felt by all, especially young people.

Risks to long term stability in Sierra Leone

13 May 2014 description

Introduction

Research uptake: For the purposes of this report we define uptake as the acknowledgement and use of evidence-based recommendations by those key stakeholders who we want to influence (i.e. whose behaviour or attitudes we are seeking to change).

27 Mar 2014 description

Debates over violence, security, humanitarian and development imperatives have long been polarised. However, as seen in Syria and Mali, the question is not simply whether one should intervene but rather how and for whose benefit. In this context, a closer look at the case of Sierra Leone – touted in many circles as a success story – yields interesting insights into the limits of its political settlement. Pro-poor development outcomes need to be at the heart of any negotiated political settlement.

20 Sep 2012 description
Executive Summary

Women make peace but men negotiate it

A new report from ActionAid, IDS, and Womankind looks at the role of women in local peacebuilding initiatives, finding that women are more likely than men to adopt a broad definition of peace which includes the household level and focuses on the attainment of individual rights and freedoms such as education, healthcare and freedom from violence.

In contrast, men have a greater tendency to associate peace with the absence of formal conflict and the stability of formal structures such as governance and infrastructure.

14 May 2012 description

Sierra Leone’s bitter civil war saw the collapse of the state to a large degree, while rural governance systems continued to function. While the international community has tended to focus on rebuilding from the centre outwards, this paper analyses the reconstruction from the perspective of local communities and their chiefs.