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States, Markets and Society - IDS 50th Conference

5 July - 6 July 2016, IDS, University of Sussex, UK

Join us at IDS for a high profile, two day conference in July that will bring cutting-edge thinking, experience and reflection on ‘States, markets and society in a reconfigured world: Defining a new era for development’.

As the Institute turns 50 and development moves into a new era, we invite leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners to join us for a serious intellectual debate about the challenges and implications of development in the future.

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Project management and MEL courses at Bond

Bond is running two training weeks in June.  The first is dedicated to project management (13-16 June) and includes Project Design, Project Budgeting and Managing the Project Cycle.  The second focuses on monitoring, evaluation and learning (20-24 June) and includes an Introduction to MEL, Planning and Practice in MEL, and Participation: principles, tools and approaches. More information is available on the Bond website, or email Jemma Ashman

Citizen-Led Innovation for a New Economy

Image of book coverBased on collaborative research by the authors John Gaventa and Alison Mathie, this collection of eleven cases from Canada and the United States gives expression to the ideal of a new economy based on fairness and environmental sustainability. It shows how organised citizens are grappling with complex problems in their local communities and forging innovation, prying open cracks in the prevailing economic system and seizing opportunities to redirect economic life.  Published by Practical Action Publishing at £17.95

Love Matters Music Awards 2015!

In November 2015, IDS together with Love Matters launched the first Love Matters Music Award. This award will provide young people in Kenya the chance to produce songs on themes related to pleasure, sexual responsibility and relationships. Participants will be coached by International visual artists and music producers and will have a chance to perform live to an invited audience.  There will be an Award for the winner from a panel of judges, and a People's Choice Award from on-line votes.  Listen to the songs and add your vote via the Love Matters website!

What is the Unique Contribution of Volunteering to International Development?

image from front coverHighlighting the value of volunteering in development, this new IDS Bulletin is based entirely on the research findings of the Valuing Volunteering project. This two year action-research project was conducted in Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal and the Philippines by researchers from IDS in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). The Bulletin was launched on 9th September 2015 at the 2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference in Leeds, UK.

Participatory Action Research Short Course

25-29 January 2016 – Institute of Development Studies, UK.
This exciting new short course is designed to develop participants' understanding and skills in the theory and practice of a range of PAR methods.  It will also provide the conceptual and practical tools needed for participants to design PAR in their own organisation and with their partners. Details are on our IDS website, or contact for further information. The closing date is 30th September and places are limited to 20 , so book yours soon!

Breaking the Next Taboo - Menstrual Hygiene within CLTS

Image of report coverThis latest issue of Frontiers of CLTS looks at the often taboo subject of menstrual hygiene.  Menstruation is a core element of sanitation and hygiene affecting half of the world’s population for a large proportion of their lives. This issue shows how Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes can address menstrual hygiene management in schools and communities to alleviate these stresses on women and girls. It shares learning, recommendations, innovations and experiences from Plan International, WaterAid, WSSCC, UNICEF, WASH United, Grow and Know and USAID/WASHplus.

Achieving meaningful accountability for people living in poverty and marginalisation

By Thea Shahrokh and Erika Lopez-Franco

Meaningful accountability can shift power imbalances that prevent sustainable development for people living in poverty and marginalisation. However, for the poorest and most marginalised people accountability is often unattainable. This IDS Policy Briefing draws on research by the Participate initiative to highlight the key components necessary for processes of accountability to be meaningful for all.