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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
Robin Cohen
26 Mar, 2018

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

We are now all aware of how our electoral systems have been manipulated by harvesting our digital footprints and preferences. Targeted messages, images and false information are then deployed to support or...

By
Marta Favara
23 Mar, 2018

No longer children: what do Young Lives children do when they grow up?

Jobs are at the centre of the eighth goal of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calling for the promotion of ‘sustained, inclusive and...

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
20 Mar, 2018

How might Artificial Intelligence transform corporate sustainability policies?

Rapid technological development in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has triggered a growing debate about its ethical, political and legal implications for our daily lives. In this post, I suggest...

By
Kristine Briones
15 Mar, 2018

The gendered experience of poverty

According to the recent report by...

By
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
12 Mar, 2018

Reflections on the Berlin conference on ‘Energy for Displaced People: A Global Plan of Action’

In January in Berlin, UN agencies, donors, NGOs and the private sector came together to ensure that the humanitarian sector contributes to the achievement of...

By
Gina Crivello
08 Mar, 2018

Thinking about care and unpaid work: family lives in the global South

Today’s observance of International Women’s Day celebrating ‘the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women’ is prompting us to blog about our thinking on gender, feminism and social...

By
Liza Benny
05 Mar, 2018

The varying burden of stunting: understanding physical growth during childhood and adolescence in Young Lives data

In 2016, more than 20% of the world’s under-5 year olds (155 million children overall) were stunted, or too short compared to healthy peers of...

By
Catherine Scheer
01 Mar, 2018

Christian NGOs and ‘indigenous cultures’: on the morphing of missionary work among a Cambodian highland minority

According to the Cambodia field director of the US-based Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA), in an interview with this author in 2016, his organisation had...

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
Samentha Goethals
27 Feb, 2018

Examining human rights protections for Syrian refugees in Turkish garment supply chains

It is estimated that of the 3.4 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey, 650,000 have found work in the manufacturing sector, which includes the thriving leather-textile-garment industry. Most of them...

By
Gustav Brown
22 Feb, 2018

Interfaith partnerships in the field of development: a way forward for religious pluralism in Indonesia?

Muslim-Christian interactions are growing more common in the field of development. Many of these interactions are fraught, with community activists questioning the motives of faith-based organisations (FBOs...

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