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  • Examination Malpractice in Low-Income Contexts 

    Boateng, Pearl (IDS, 2019-11-08)
    This non-standard helpdesk report found that there was little research evidence detailing the types of examination malpractice and even fewer studies focusing on effective strategies to mitigate these issues. Due to the ...
  • The Hegemony Cracked: The Power Guide to Getting Care onto the Development Agenda 

    Eyben, Rosalind (Institute of Development Studies, 2012-11-01)
    This paper uses power analysis and the notion of hegemony to enquire into the historical neglect of unpaid care in the international development sector. In the light of that analysis the paper looks at how to exploit the ...
  • The Meaning of Development 

    Seers, Dudley (Institute of Development Studies, 1969-01-01)
    Dudley Seers suggests that development is when a country experiences a reduction or elimination of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Edgar Owens (1987) suggested that development is when there is development of people ...
  • Debating Empowerment: Men’s Views of Women’s Access to Work in Public Spaces in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir 

    Loureiro, Miguel (2019-11-06)
    In the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake that struck Pakistan-administered Kashmir an unprecedented number of development actors arrived in the region. Their impact influenced men’s perceptions of change in the gendered ...
  • Sustainable Funding Models for Development Programmes in Transboundary River Basins 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-10-21)
    Often, the investments made, and funds committed to the water sector fall short of actual financing needs. These financial inadequacies are particularly prevalent in the field of transboundary water (TBW) development ...
  • Key Considerations: Cross-Border Dynamics Between South Sudan and DRC 

    Pendle, Naomi; Marko, Ferenc David; Gercama, Ingrid; Bedford, Juliet; (UNICEF, IDS & Anthrologica, 2019-11-11)
    This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces. In ...
  • Digital Harassment of Women Leaders: A Review of the Evidence 

    Faith, Becky; Fraser, Erika (VAWG Helpdesk, 2019-09-19)
    Digital harassment of women leaders can encompass acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggravated, in part or fully, by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as mobile ...
  • What Works to Prevent Cyber Violence against Women and Girls? 

    Faith, Becky; Fraser, Erika (VAWG Helpdesk, 2018-10-17)
    Cyber violence against women and girls (Cyber VAWG) is a new and emerging form of violence and the term is used to describe how the internet and information and communication technologies exacerbate and magnify acts of ...
  • Means, Motives and Opportunity: Determinants of Community Health Worker Performance 

    John, Aparna; Newton-Lewis, Thomas; Srinivasan, Shuchi (BMJ, 2019-10-23)
    The performance of community health workers (CHWs) typically depends on the interaction between their motivation (their intent to achieve personal and organisational goals) and the constraints that they face in doing so. ...
  • e-Procurement: Lessons from Interventions and Approaches from Emerging Economies of Eastern Europe and Western Balkans 

    Ferrand, Alexis (IDS, 2019-10-14)
    This review focuses on lessons and examples of eProcurement in the western Balkans and former soviet states in Eastern Europe. There is good evidence in terms of the benefits of successful implementation, however the ...
  • Climate Change in Nigeria: Impacts and Responses 

    Haider, Huma (IDS, 2019-10-10)
    Nigeria’s climate has been changing, evident in: increases in temperature; variable rainfall; rise in sea level and flooding; drought and desertification; land degradation; more frequent extreme weather events; affected ...
  • G7 Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2019-10-25)
    There is no one specific definition of health systems strengthening (HSS). Also, no one method exists for HSS that can be applied to all countries (Reich & Takemi, 2019). This rapid review focuses on methods used in HSS ...
  • Challenges Religious Minorities Face in Accessing Humanitarian Assistance 

    Avis, William Robert (IDS, 2019-10-14)
    This rapid literature review, surveys evidence regarding the challenges specific religious minorities face in accessing humanitarian assistance. This review acknowledges that there remains a paucity of research on the ...
  • G7 Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2019-10-11)
    Universal Health Coverage (UHC) cannot be delivered by the health sector alone. It requires the highest political support (The Global Governance Project, 2019). This rapid review focuses on what the Group of Seven (G7) ...
  • Can We Know Better? Reflections for Development 

    Chambers, Robert (Practical Action Publishing, 2017-06)
    This book is intended for all who are committed to human wellbeing and who want to make our world fairer, safer and more fulfilling for everyone, especially those who are ‘last’. It argues that to do better we need to know ...
  • Empowerment and Accountability in Difficult Settings: What Are We Learning? 

    Gaventa, John; Oswald, Katy (IDS, 2019)
    Empowerment and accountability have long been part of the international development vocabulary and a core part of governance, social development and civil society programmes. Yet, much of what has been learnt about these ...
  • IDS Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 

    IDS (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-10-26)
    The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development ...
  • Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in Institutional Reform: Lessons Learned 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2019-10-01)
    This review highlights the lessons learned from a number of UK-funded reform programmes with TA elements (reviews with insights from USAID and Danida, Norad and Sida were also included in the final section). Some of these ...
  • Review of Tax Incentives and Their Impacts in Asia 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-09-30)
    This rapid literature review summarises the existing evidence on tax incentives and their consequences (i.e. benefits and costs) in Asia. This report provides a review of academic papers, policy briefs, and other reports ...
  • Taxation and Accountability: How to Improve the State-Citizen Social Contract Through Taxation 

    Quak, Evert-jan (IDS, 2019-09-30)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on how taxation can be effectively used as an instrument for accountability and responsiveness by governments in Low- ...

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