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Gigi Ibrahim 2012

Political settlements that include women

Clare Castillejo
27 May 2014

In the third contribution to our series focusing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals in fragile and conflict-affected countries, Clare Castillejo calls for stronger evidence on how international actors can promote inclusive political settlements that also include women.

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Computer training class - World Bank photo collection (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Lessons on sustainable development finance from Tajikistan

Gulbahor Nematova
22 May 2014

Gulbahor Nematova blogs on four lessons from Tajikistan as to how similar countries can best make use of development finance, both internally and through international, or 'South-South' cooperation.

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Colors by Peter Tandlund

Women and conflict: why we should not separate rape in war from the everyday reality of violence

Jelke Boesten
21 May 2014

This is the first blog in a new series focussing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals, women’s voice and agency in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Jelke Boesten outlines why we should not focus on rape in war without taking into account the fact that sexual violence permeates the everyday lives of women throughout the world.

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European food aid by plane- Rock Cohen (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

European development finance post-2015: public meets private?

Florian Krätke
20 May 2014

Continuing our financing progress series with a look to post-2015, ECDPM's Florian Krätke looks at the increasing importance of private finance and how European public aid is working alongside it - do private and public sources of finance see development in the same way?

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Every vote counts- Yogesh Mhatre (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Indian election 2014: all to play for in the world’s biggest numbers game!

William Avis
16 May 2014

With preliminary results rolling in at the time of publication, William Avis follows up on his blog written at the start of the election - will the BJP reach the magic number of 272 seats to form a government? If not, what form might a coalition government take? And what questions will remain to be answered regardless of which way the results go?

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PRT Farah visits voice of women facility in Farah City - Dvidshub

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

Karen Barnes Robinson
15 May 2014

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.

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Small scale fisheries in Africa - Chris Bene 2003 by worldfish

DFID’s new aid strategy – the big silence

Tony Killick
14 May 2014

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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