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  • Reconceptualizando el desarrollo profesional docente en Honduras 

    Murphy-Graham, Erin; Pacheco, Diana (University of California, Berkeley and New York University, 2021-01)
    Mejorar la calidad de la educación es un desafío persistente en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC). Los estudiantes de la región tienen un rendimiento sistemáticamente inferior en las evaluaciones académicas internacionales; ...
  • Rural Sanitation and Climate Change: Putting Ideas into Practice 

    Kohlitz, Jeremy; Iyer, Ruhil (The Sanitation Learning Hub, Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-13)
    Climate change is a growing concern that exposes and deepens existing inequities and vulnerabilities with sanitation and hygiene access, use and safe management of facilities. It will continue to challenge the expansion ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.119 

    Piotrowski, Helen (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-12)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.13 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-31)
    This is the 13th monthly Humanitarian Evidence Summary (HUMES) to signpost FCDO and other UK government departments to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on humanitarian action to inform and support their response. ...
  • Disputing Security and Risk 

    Farrand Carrapico, Helena; Massoumi, Narzanin; McGowan, William; Mythen, Gabe (2020-07-15)
    This chapter explores some of the dilemmas that arise in using uncertainty as a lens to interpret societal problems and issues. Using several cases to open up discussion we argue that it is vitally important to understand ...
  • Disasters, Humanitarianism and Emergencies: A Politics of Uncertainty 

    Pelling, Mark; Müller-Mahn, Detlef; McCloskey, John (Routledge, 2020-07-15)
    Long-standing research on disaster risk has tended to focus on physical science and directly connected and observable cause and effect between hazard and impact. More recently, work has extended into questions of complex ...
  • Expanding Cities 

    Ahmad Kaker, Sobia; Evans, James; Cugurullo, Federico; Cook, Matthew; Petrova, Saska (2020-07-15)
    This chapter presents readers with an opportunity to engage with the concept of uncertainty through the lens of cities and urbanism. Operating within an environment of profound uncertainty relating to the future of humanity, ...
  • Control, Manage or Cope? 

    Roe, Emery (2020-07-15)
    Just as an emancipatory politics of uncertainty recognises that uncertainty and unknown-unknowns cannot be closed down to measurable risk, so too does the politics require better differentiation among controlling, managing ...
  • The Unravelling of Technocratic Orthodoxy? 

    van Zwanenberg, Patrick (Routledge, 2020-07-15)
    This chapter argues that the contemporary politics of technology regulation play out through a key tension – between an established narrow framing of what is at stake in technology regulation, namely the optimisation of ...
  • Sharing Risks or Proliferating Uncertainties? 

    Johnson, Leigh (Routledge, 2020-07-15)
    Amid the proliferating uncertainties of globalised modernity, development institutions have deployed insurance to transfer risk across more geographic and hazard domains. This chapter first explores why insurance and other ...
  • The Assault of Financial Futures on the Rest of Time 

    Walter, Timo; Wansleben, Leon (Routledge, 2020-07-15)
    The question we ask in this chapter is how financialised capitalism shapes and formats the politics of the future. Our central tenet is that, far from providing an engine for imagining futures that guides collective actions, ...
  • The Politics of Uncertainty 

    Scoones, Ian; Stirling, Andy (Routledge, 2020-07-15)
    Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? To explore the underlying reasons, issues and challenges, this book’s chapters address finance and banking, insurance, technology regulation and critical infrastructures, ...
  • Pathways to Stronger Futures? The Role of Social Protection in Reducing Psychological Risk Factors for Child Development in Haiti 

    Roelen, Keetie; Saha, Amrita (Elsevier Ltd, 2021-06)
    It is widely recognised that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD). In turn, poor childhood development reinforces the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Social protection could break this negative ...
  • Impacts of Trade Facilitation on Carbon Emissions 

    Lucas, Brian (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-05)
    There is very little evidence that trade facilitation measures have a significant impact on carbon emissions, except in the case of trucks at land border crossings, where there is good evidence that trade facilitation can ...
  • Celebrating the Impact of the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Programme 

    Clark, Louise; Higdon, Grace Lyn; Thompson, Stephen; Tofaris, Elizabeth; Rose, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies and the Impact Initiative, 2021-03)
    A focus on how to achieve impact is often a key aspect of policy-relevant social science research in international development settings. Done well, planning for impact from the outset of the project is based upon informed ...
  • Education, Girls’ Education and Climate Change 

    Sims, Kate (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03)
    This Emerging Issue Report (EIR) explores research and evidence on the relationship between education, girls’ education and climate change. There is scientific consensus that climate change is real, manifested through ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.118 

    Piotrowski, Helen (IDS, 2021-03-29)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • ‘Because of COVID, Everything is a Mess’ How Have People with Disabilities Experienced the Pandemic in Nepal and Bangladesh? 

    Rohwerder, Brigitte; Thompson, Stephen; Shaw, Jackie; Wickenden, Mary; Kayastha, Shubha; Sigdel, Anita; Akter, Fatema; Bosri, Rabia (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03)
    COVID-19 is deepening pre-existing inequalities. Emerging research suggests that people with disabilities across the world have experienced various rights violations and been disproportionality affected by the health, ...
  • Tired and Trapped: Life Stories from Cotton Millworkers in Tamil Nadu 

    Cannon, Mariah; Oosterhoff, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-26)
    Labour abuse in the garment industry has been widely reported. This qualitative research explores the lived experiences in communities with bonded labour in Tamil Nadu, India. We conducted a qualitative expert-led analysis ...
  • Of Zinc Roofs and Mango Trees: Tractors, the State and Agrarian Dualism in Mozambique 

    Cabral, Lídia (Taylor and Francis, 2021-03-11)
    This paper reviews the latest mechanisation programme by the Mozambican government, asking how it is politically driven and how it shapes and is shaped by agrarian structures. Old ideas about agrarian dualism are reproduced ...

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