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​Let's Rid the World of Ultra-Poverty!

Around the globe, 193 nations have committed to Sustainable Development Goal #1: ending poverty in all its forms by the year 2030. That means ending ultra-poverty too. There is a lot of evidence that we know how to do it, especially since 80% of it is in just 14 countries. But will we? Let's look at the obstacles and the opportunities in front of us. Learn more »

Anne Hastings / February 2018

Reward work, not wealth - Oxfam Inequality Report

In its newest report on inequality, Oxfam published ‘Reward work, not wealth’. It looks at extreme wealth and the situation of poor workers and explores the causes of inequality. The report also contains Oxfam’s recommendations on how to tackle the inequality crisis. Learn more »

Fabienne Burkhalter / February 2018


​IDS Centre for Social Protection short course on Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence

The Centre for Social Protection (CSP) is pleased to be offering a fifth round of its short course 'Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence'. It will take place at IDS in Brighton from 25-28 June 2018. This 4-day course is open for applications from all organisations and individuals. We invite those with an interest in social protection, those already working in the field or those who will be doing so in the future to apply. The course focuses on getting participants up to speed with current knowledge, evidence and practice of social protection and on stimulating critical thinking and debate about current policy and practice.

More information about the course can be found here: The deadline for applications is 2 March 2018. Learn more »

IDS Short Course on Participatory M&E

Applications are now open for the IDS professional short course: ‘Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning’
Hosted at IDS from 4-8 June 2018, this short course equips development planners and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to more effectively design and improving M&E systems and move towards a participatory learning practice within projects, programmes and their organisations. The course builds on the deep historical experience with participatory methods that IDS has pioneered and nurtured, and shares new frontier methods for quality implementation of participatory processes at scale (with large numbers of people and across broader geographical space) to support learning focused and complexity-aware M&E systems. Find out more »

Fabienne Burkhalter / January 2018

​Outcomes or opportunities: what should equality really look like?

“Inequality is under attack – but what should equality really look like?” This is the question asked by a recent article of the Guardian’s Inequality Project.  The author argues that equality will only be achieved if we shift the focus from inequalities of opportunity to inequalities of outcomes: “we need to move away from the tired lies of “equality of opportunity”, “meritocracy” and “social mobility”. Instead, we need to work for equality in terms of actual results and outcomes”.  This echoes an ongoing debate on the notion of inequality and how development practitioners should address it. Learn more »

Justine Boillat / January 2018

​How much inequality can we live with?

At the 2017 IMF’s annual meeting, Winnie Byanyima of Oxfam gave a speech on “How much inequality can we live with?” She asks how much inequality is “right” and shares her thoughts about the need to reduce inequality and redistribution. Watch video »

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