Recent Submissions

  • Introduction: Information, Knowledge and Power 

    Davies, Susanna (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
  • All Power Deceives 

    Chambers, Robert (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Explanations of errors in past development theory and practice include changes in development conditions in professional norms and in modes of learning. How a fourth dimension, power, contributes to error is ...
  • From Feminist Knowledge to Data for Development: The Bureaucratic Management of Information on Women and Development 

    Goetz, Anne Marie (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Information about women's experiences of development has been iterated to the development process in ways which reflect dominant development paradigms, and in ways which reflect the ambient gender politics and ...
  • Alternative Systems of Inquiry for a Sustainable Agriculture 

    Pretty, Jules N (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Scientific investigation has long been dominated by positivism, which holds that an independent reality driven by immutable laws exists. Consequently, it should be possible to define sustainability in absolute ...
  • Measurement of Poverty and Poverty of Measurement 

    Greeley, Martin (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Conventional measures of poverty relate household per capita income or expenditure estimates to a poverty line derived from a nutrition?based estimate of minimum income or expenditure. There is widespread criticism ...
  • Using Climate Information in Africa: Some Examples Related to Drought, Rainfall Forecasting and Global Warming 

    Hulme, Mike (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary The strong influence of climate upon the distribution and utilization of Africa's natural resources occurs through both its mean state and through its temporal variability. The latter aspect has received increasing ...
  • Food Security: Let them Eat Information 

    Buchanan?Smith, Margaret; Davies, Susanna; Petty, Celia (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Improved capacity to predict drought?induced famines has not led to a concomitant improvement in famine prevention. In a comparative study of five African countries, this article argues that the failure to translate ...
  • Natural Resource Management: the Reproduction and Use of Environmental Misinformation in Guinea's Forest?Savanna Transition Zone 

    Leach, Melissa; Fairhead, James (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary An erroneous analysis of environmental change has informed environmental policy in part of Guinea for a century. Using this case study, the relationship between the production of information about environmental ...
  • Videos and Violence on the Periphery: Rambo and War in the Forests of the Sierra Leone?Liberia Border 

    Richards, Paul (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Global electronic information (including the ‘information’ young people derive from fictional television images) are facts of life on the periphery as well as in the metropolis. There are now no longer any truly ...
  • Getting and Using Knowledge about the Poor (with Latin American case material) 

    Kadt, Emanuel de (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Information systems concerned with poverty reduction programmes suffer less from a scarcity of information, more from an undigested mass of data and a lack of limited and focused information, relevant to the ...
  • New Information Technology — Old Information Habits? 

    Lucas, Henry (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Recently, ‘information’ has been viewed as an essential requirement for effective and efficient management, and as a basis for medium and long term planning. The establishment of ‘information systems’ and the ...
  • Ngos in the Age of Information 

    Edwards, Michael (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Over the past decade, the majority of development NGOs have been engaged in a systematic transition from an exclusively project?oriented approach to the work, to a concern with the broader processes of development ...
  • The Changing Role of Government Statistical Agencies 

    Eele, Graham (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary The article argues that the basic premise that quantitative data are important to support decision?taking and policy analysis is still valid; official statistics are a public good. However, a radical view is ...
  • Communication Support for Sustainable Natural Resource Management 

    Röling, Niels (Institute of Development Studies, 01/04/1994)
    Summary Natural Resource Management (NRM) can be looked upon from different perspectives: (1) the bio?physical science perspective, (2) the economic perspective and (3) the social actor perspective. After briefly contrasting ...