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21 Mar, 2017
By Elizabeth Rahman

Sustainable pedagogies, at home and away

If human development involves ‘taking an interest in the lives that people actually lead’, then anthropology is its privileged interlocutor. Perhaps our most distinguishing feature is our methods. Anthropologists typically spend long periods of time living with and observing the group of people they want to get to know and understand better, carrying out the same practices they do, on a day-to-day basis. We’re confident that this approach provides a fuller picture of how one aspect of life – say education – relates to another, like wellbeing or environmental sustainability.

My family and I spent over a year living with the Warekena ­– a small indigenous group who reside along the banks of the Rio Xié, in the ethnically diverse, northwestern Brazilian Amazon – as part of my research exploring how a ‘glocal’ education, grounded in the local community and rich in outdo

02 Dec, 2015

Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence

To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?
30 Nov, 2015

Will climate negotiations overcome the curse of unfulfilled expectations at COP21?

International negotiations are fundamentally nested games of expectations management. If the objectives are set too high and negotiations then fail to deliver, it would be quite difficult for the relevant...
02 Nov, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...
30 Oct, 2015

What can the private sector offer Indian education?

Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.
19 Oct, 2015

Citizenship, violence, and youth in Brazil: reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility

In Brazil, there has been a perennial debate about reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years. Congress has recently approved a legal amendment that aims to put this into practice.
30 Sep, 2015

Refugee crisis: Syria's religious minorities must not be overlooked

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee their homeland, there is a tendency to view all Syrian refugees as a homogeneous entity. They are not. Many stories are being told, but many more...
25 Sep, 2015

Will the SDGs advance progress for disadvantaged children?

The end of the week sees the meeting to agree the Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t expect too many surprises; the document to be signed off has already been published. There are 17 proposed goals, with 169...
24 Sep, 2015

Income and multidimensional poverty – fighting poverty in all its dimensions

The way we define poverty has changed. At the Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the UN will formally adopt a new sustainable development agenda that will include a goal to end poverty in...
18 Sep, 2015

Beyond political violence in Burundi: an economy in crisis

Burundi may have slipped from the world’s attention, but the crisis that erupted last May when President Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term is far from being resolved. Most commentators have...
04 Sep, 2015

Book Review: ‘Patronage as Politics in South Asia’ by Anastasia Piliavsky (ed)

It is true, as Anastasia Piliavsky points out in her superb introduction, that patronage has long been treated as a distasteful element of developing societies. Personalised exchange between social unequals...

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