August 10, 2010

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Climate Change Related Migration Estimates Described as ‘Guesswork’

August 5, 2010

Estimates predicting the number of people that will be displaced by climate change over the coming years range from 150 million to one billion people. However, in a step that adds further debate over the issue of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has described these figures as ‘guesswork’. The panel argues that these figures rely on crude population estimates that assume people will permanently leave a country, overlooking existing migration channels. Read the rest of this entry »


A New Dawn for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health Policy?

July 29, 2010

DFID unveiled this week a new focus on reproductive, maternal and newborn health by opening a public consultation to help gather views and opinions from across the world and inform the forthcoming business plan.

DFID has worked hard with the UN and its member countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but progress against MDGs 4 and 5 (Maternal Health and Child Health) has not been as good as in other areas. This consultation is the clearest sign yet of DFID’s commitment to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, and every birth is safe, through better access to quality reproductive, maternal and newborn health services both before and after the birth. Read the rest of this entry »


HIV Treatment and Care Demands Extended Services

July 22, 2010

New research carried out by Addressing the Balance of Burden in HIV/AIDS (ABBA) has recognised that there is a strong interrelationship between HIV and disability, and that this issue has received insufficient attention. The evidence shows that people with disabilities are one of the key populations at higher risk of exposure to HIV, while people living with HIV may develop disabilities from the disease and the side effects of medical treatment. Read the rest of this entry »


The future of governance research looks ‘upside down’

July 13, 2010

Governance research has taken great strides forward over the past decade. The changing global political economy and the rise of new emerging economies in the South have challenged the OECD-centred model of governance. The historical ‘default position’ of the development community – to look at the world from the position of a ‘developed’ country – is no longer applicable. The Centre for the Future State (CFS) has made a major contribution to governance thinking over the last decade and with its recent publication, Upside Down View of Governance. Read the rest of this entry »


The Truth about Democracy

July 7, 2010

On the back of the recent general election in the UK it seems apt to consider how fortunate we are. People in many other countries would relish the opportunity to have peaceful elections, to vote freely and safely, to know that there vote will be counted, and to have the opportunity to bring about change. The reality for many is very different from our own and we should spare a thought for the millions of unrepresented people around the world, and for those that risk their lives by simply casting a vote. Read the rest of this entry »


Researchers ‘Get off the Dance-Floor’ at Politics of Poverty Conference

July 5, 2010

Researchers had the chance to ‘get off the dance-floor and take a bird’s eye view from the balcony’ at the Politics of Poverty conference held June 21st and 22nd 2010. The conference was the first time that more than ten years’ research on governance carried out by four DFID’s funded global research programmes had been brought together.

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