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11 Dec, 2018
By Dan Hodgkinson

Three perspectives on Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections

Building on ODID’s expertise on Zimbabwe, the department recently invited three experts from UK universities to discuss this year’s historic elections in Zimbabwe. These scholars shared what their research had shown about ZANU(PF) election strategies, the role of social movements, and manipulation of the voters’ roll.

When Zimbabweans went to the polls in July, Robert Mugabe’s name was missing from the ballot paper for the first time in 38 years.

By
Dan Hodgkinson
11 Dec, 2018

Three perspectives on Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections

Building on ODID’s expertise on Zimbabwe, the department recently invited three experts from UK universities to discuss this year’s historic...

By
Gina Crivello
Gillian Mann
12 Nov, 2018

The Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS) – one year on

October marked one year into the Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS), which brings together research from Young Lives (Ethiopia, Peru and the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)...

By
Carla Canelas
Rachel Gisselquist
06 Nov, 2018

Horizontal inequality: exploring persistence and change

A considerable body of recent research suggests that inequality between ethnic groups has major socioeconomic implications. ‘Economists have long recognised that there is an association between inequality...

By
Sarah Gilkerson
06 Nov, 2018

Rethinking inclusion, exclusion, and human mobility: the 2018 Oxford Migration Conference

The Oxford Migration Studies Society and the Migration and Mobility Network hosted the annual Oxford Migration Conference over the summer, reflecting on the processes of inclusion and exclusion that...

By
Mohammad Tarikul Islam
19 Oct, 2018

Rural dispute resolution in Bangladesh: How well are village courts working?

Bangladesh offers an interesting case in which informal rural dispute resolution has been institutionalised as an alternative route to justice:  the 2006 Village Courts Act sought to combine features of...

By
M Niaz Asadullah
Antonio Savoia
17 Oct, 2018

Why do some countries reduce poverty faster than others?

'Can poverty be eradicated?' is the biggest question for development. Progress in poverty reduction was a central success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): estimates suggest that as many as ...

By
Carlos Vargas-Silva
03 Oct, 2018

The new DPhil in Migration Studies

The University of Oxford has recently announced the launch of a new DPhil in Migration Studies. Based at ODID and the School of Anthropology and Museum...

By
M Niaz Asadullah
Antonio Savoia
20 Sep, 2018

From MDGs to SDGs: where next for Bangladesh?

Would you say that a country was likely to reach any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if it is affected by adverse geographical conditions, has a state apparatus perceived as chronically corrupt,...

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13 Aug, 2018

The impact of cohort studies

Young Lives has just published ten updated case studies, each of which demonstrates how the study has resulted in significant positive...

By
Xiaolan Fu
19 Jul, 2018

A new approach to measuring global trade

As the world moves towards a new trade war, with the imposition of US tariffs on goods from the EU, China, Canada and Mexico, having reliable international trade statistics is more important than ever.

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