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Time to prioritise teacher numbers and teaching quality

July 2014
Purna Kumar Shrestha
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In 2012, 58 million children of primary school age were out of school – but are those in school getting the education they need? For our national progress in education blog series, Purna Kumar Shrestha looks at the lack of quality in teaching and consequent poor results of those children who have spent years in education, and the lessons we can learn from VSO and the Department of Education's work in Papua New Guinea in improving access to qualified and motivated teachers.

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Security progress for all or some? The continuing challenge of violence against women and girls

May 2014
Karen Barnes Robinson
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Drawing on forthcoming Development Progress research, Karen Barnes Robinson writes that while we are seeing ‘overall’ progress in Liberia, women and girls remain vulnerable to specific types of insecurity and violence that remain invisible and unaddressed. She draws out the issues that need action, including political will and equity, and wonders whether we can really claim progress whilst such issues remain.

DFID’s new aid strategy – the big silence

May 2014
Tony Killick
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Tony Killick OBE takes a look at how development policy in the UK has transformed over the past few years, from a focus on 'MDG type concerns' to a policy driven by the pursuit of growth. He argues that there should be a stronger public and intellectual discussion of this transformation, and poses a series of questions that he believes should be asked of DFID.

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Negotiating security in Ethiopia’s lowlands

May 2014
Sophie Stevens
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Security progress cannot be pursued without a deep understanding of the political conflicts underlying instability in the places we work. Using Ethiopia as an example, Sophie Stevens shows how the different views of what security means at various levels of state and society – and in particular the views of ordinary citizens – need to be what informs security sector reform programmes.

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Can ‘context-specific’ security programming handle the reality of dynamic circumstances?

May 2014
Mareike Schomerus
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While it’s important to ensure security programming is ‘context specific’ – programmers need to be aware of their role in shaping this context, and how it constantly changes, argues Mareike Schomerus. Drawing a parallel with computer science, it is also ‘end users’ of security, and not external actors, that should judge whether programmes respond effectively to context.

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Holding Bangladesh together: putting people over politics

May 2014
Will Bennett
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What does the security landscape look like in Bangladesh following January's turbulent elections? Will Bennett looks at both the political elite level and the community level, noting that at the community level peace in Bangladesh largely held. He attributes this to community security approaches that are helping to find solutions to end and prevent violence.

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Future landscapes of conflict and violence

April 2014
Robert Muggah
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What trends can we expect to emerge in conflict and security over the coming decades? Robert Muggah draws the conclusion that whilst we must not be complacent, there is evidence to expect continued declines in organised violence, as well as in other forms of violence such as homicide.


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