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  • Digital Citizenship in Africa: Technologies of Agency and Repression 

    Roberts, Tony; Bosch, Tanja; Ojebode, Ayobami; Ojebuyi, Babatunde Raphael; Oladapo, Oyewole; Oosterom, Marjoke; Brhane, Atnaf; Ayalew, Yohannes Eneyew; Anthonio, Felicia; Ajaja, Sandra; Phiri, Sam; Abraham, Kiss; Elias, Mavis; Nyabola, Nanjala (Zed Books, 2023-03-23)
    Since the so-called Arab Spring, citizens of African countries have continued to use digital tools in creative ways to ensure that marginalised voices are heard, and to demand for the rights they are entitled to in law: ...
  • Rethinking Policies for Pastoralists – Governing the Rangelands 

    Nori, Michele; Scoones, Ian (CSIRO, 2023-08-14)
    Policies and governance arrangements are relevant in shaping livelihoods in the pastoral regions of the world. Institutions and rules that enable access to land, markets and investment for pastoralists and those that ...
  • Mapping the Supply of Surveillance Technologies to Africa: Case Studies from Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Malawi, and Zambia 

    Roberts, Tony; Gitahi, Judy; Allam, Patrick; Oboh, Lawrence; Oladapo, Oyewole; Appiah-Adjei, Gifty; Galal, Amira; Kainja, Jimmy; Phiri, Sam; Abraham, Kiss; Klovig Skelton, Sebastian; Sheombar, Anand (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09-25)
    African governments are spending over 1US$bn per year on digital surveillance technologies which are being used without adequate legal protections in ways that regularly violate citizens’ fundamental human rights. This ...
  • Effective Governance Responses to Crises: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic 

    Acuña-Alfaro, Jairo; Bianchi, Matias; Coda, Florencia; Cyr, Jennifer; Heffernan, Ian (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09-21)
    In times of crisis, decision-making becomes paramount, yet it is often influenced by two distinct behavioural patterns: analysis paralysis and risk aversion. Drawing a parallel between the studies presented in this brief, ...
  • Key Issues Affecting the Inclusion of Alt Text in Scholarly PDF Publications 

    Richard, Beth (Brill, 2023-09-08)
    Alternative (alt) text descriptions for images in digital publications provide comparable information for people who cannot effectively see the visuals. They are relied upon by people who are blind or who have a moderate ...
  • The Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Business Enterprises in Uganda: Evidence from Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises 

    Odokonyero, Tonny; Kasirye, Ibrahim; Ssewanyana, Sarah; Guloba, Madina; Lakuma, Corti Paul; Kiiza, Julius (Economic Policy Research Centre, 2022-11-26)
    The effect of COVID-19 on MSMEs is enormous across the different episodes of COVID-19 analyzed. Some enterprises in the MSME space experienced permanent business closure because of COVID-19 and related restrictions. Direct ...
  • The Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 On Business Enterprises in Uganda: Evidence From Micro, Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises: Abridged Report 

    Uganda, EPRC (Economic Policy Research Centre, 2022-06-23)
    This policy briefing note is part of a broader study designed to provide country-specific evidence for Uganda on the immediate, medium- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related mitigation measures and ...
  • The Knowledge Politics of Genome Editing in Africa 

    Sean Rock, Joeva; Schnurr, Matthew A.; Kingiri, Ann; Ely, Adrian; Glover, Dominic; Stone, Glenn Davis; Fischer, Klara (University of California Press, 2023-09-15)
    How is the promise of crop genome editing viewed by scientists working with or aspiring to work with the technology, by development experts seeking to mold public perceptions and policy attitudes toward genome editing, and ...
  • Mobile Money Taxation and Informal Workers: Evidence from Ghana’s E-Levy 

    Anyidoho, Nana Akua; Gallien, Max; Rogan, Mike; van den Boogaard, Vanessa (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09)
    In recent years, more and more governments in lower income countries have been introducing taxes on mobile money transfers as a means to raise revenue. These are often explicitly promoted as a way of taxing informal ...
  • Youth-led Preservation of Syriac Orthodox Heritage in Syria 

    El Halabi, Elias (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09)
    This report explores the Sayfo genocide, also known as the Asyrian genocide, and a youth-led project that brought together the Syriac Orthodox community in Syria to remember and memorialise those who were killed in the ...
  • Applying the River of Life Method to Support Reflection and Learning in Terre des hommes Nepal 

    Karki, Shanta; Giri, Roju; Neupane, Sudarshan; Snijder, Mieke; Apgar, Marina (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09)
    The RoL method is a visual narrative method that helps people tell stories of the past, present, and future. Individuals can use this method to introduce themselves in a fun and descriptive way. A group can use it to ...
  • Landscapes of (In)justice: Reflecting on Voices, Spaces, and Alliances for Just Transition 

    Newell, Peter; Price, Roz; Daley, Freddie (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09-18)
    Just transitions seek to ameliorate the social and economic impacts of the global energy transitions that are essential to building an equitable low-carbon economy in the coming decades. Diverse groups of citizens need to ...
  • Exploring Female-headed Households’ Sanitation Needs, Tasikmalaya 

    Mercer, Elaine (Sanitation Learning Hub, 2023-09-15)
    Female-headed households often get left behind in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming and policy. This SLH Learning Paper presents findings and recommendations for action, from the participatory video ...
  • Tax Treaty Shopping and Developing Countries 

    van 't Riet, Maarten; Lejour, Arjan (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09)
    Analysis of the international network of double tax treaties reveals a large potential for tax avoidance. Developing countries are, on average, not more likely to suffer from tax revenue losses than other countries. Yet, ...
  • Fuel Subsidy Protests in Nigeria: The Promise and Mirage of Empowerment 

    Agbonifo, John (Elsevier, 2023-09-13)
    Attempts to abolish fuel subsidy by successive governments in Nigeria have provoked serious backlash in the form of protests and violence. What maybe said to be the use of such public protests? The literature draw attention ...
  • Participation For, With, and By Girls: Evidencing Impact 

    Lewin, Tessa; Cannon, Mariah; Johnson, Vicky; Philip, Raisa Anna; Raghavan, Priya (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09-14)
    This paper presents the findings of a review of publicly available, published evidence on the efficacy of development projects that self-identify as ‘girl-led’, both within academic literature and from established organisations ...
  • Waste Pickers Are Part of the Solution to Solid Waste Management in Senegal 

    Abizaid, Olga; Diop, Maguette; Soumaré, Adama; Wilson, Emilie (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-09-13)
    Waste pickers from the Bokk Diom organisation, working at Dakar’s Mbeubeuss landfill – in Senegal’s capital city –, continued to provide essential waste management services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, contributing ...
  • CLARISSA’s Quality Of Evidence Rubrics 

    CLARISSA (Institute of Development Studies, 2023-08)
    In our CLARISSA research, we use qualitative and participatory research methods to produce evidence on the drivers of the worst forms of child labour (through our thematic research work); and on if and how the ...

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