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News and Views

Posted: 24th April
Paul Lynch explores how young children with disabilities are supported and prepared for primary education in rural Malawi.
Posted: 10th April
Photograph of women and children in Bangladesh
In February 2017, the Impact Initiative brought development leaders together with researchers focused on the country, to explore the role research has played in the success of Bangladesh's development.
Posted: 3rd April
Two electronics factory workers in Indonesia
Following on from the inaugural Digital Development Summit which took place last month, IDS's Becky Faith explains why the future of work needs a thorough exploration in an international development context.
Posted: 22nd March
Photograph of a woman doing computer work

The Digital Development Summit 2017 took place on 13th March 2017. In this, blog Anna Bykhovskaya shares key learnings from the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD. 

Posted: 22nd March
Photograph of a domestic worker in South Africa

The inaugural Digital Development Summit 2017 took place earlier this month, and following the recent blog on 

Posted: 22nd March
A 24" (0.6m) Magic Planet being viewed by attendees wearing 3D glasses at the AMS show, SSEC, University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA
The Digital Development Summit 2017 took place earlier this month. If trends that are disrupting millions of people’s working lives are set to continue, the global community can no longer continue with business as usual. Given the scale of the challenge ahead, and the unique impact that research can have on policy and practice, what does this mean for researchers? Here are five tips for international development researchers in an age of rapid digitisation.
Posted: 8th March
Sewing facility that supports, trains and helps organize piece-workers, Ahmedabad.
The inaugural Digital Development Summit 2017 takes place this week, and following our recent blog on '3 analogue factors that affect the future of tech and work for women", here is the next in the series, by Practical Action's Jonathan Casey, which draws on recent research on technology and the future of work.
Posted: 6th March
This three-day international conference in October aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, and inspiring action towards change. Calls for proposals are invited on four themes. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2017.
Posted: 6th March
Photograph of a Wolayta boy, Ethiopia
Keetie Roelen introduces the context and main themes for a three-day international conference “Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa” which will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentation or other interactive engagements that provoke critical reflection and debate. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2017.
Posted: 6th March
Vietnamese school children
Knowledge and evidence for policy and practice matters in any context. But critical scrutiny of the evidence to policy process is particularly important in development contexts, where knowledge is often produced or brokered by external actors.