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​Booming cities – booming food industry, an opportunity for small farmers?

Do fast-growing cities have an impact on agriculture? The Economist compares the effects of booming cities on food production in Bangladesh and Nigeria.
In booming cities, demand for food is growing very fast, because of the increasing number of inhabitants. Such demand can shift agriculture priorities and food production. Learn more »

Thomas Piras and Fabienne Burkhalter, SDC / April 2018

​Newsletter Poverty-Wellbeing April 2018

What does the SDGs imperative to ‘Leave no one behind’ mean for development practitioners? The SDC is currently developing a working tool on ‘Leave no one behind’ to operationalise this principle. Working on the tool, different questions have come up: is it better to mainstream inclusion or to target the poor? What is our role in getting rid of ultra-poverty? And what should equality really look like? In this edition, you will find reflections on these topics, complemented with a video by Winnie Byanyima on how much inequality we can live with. Furthermore, we invite you to read our summary of the Oxfam report ‘Reward Work, not Wealth’.Remember that this newsletter and our shareweb are open for contributions. If you want to submit an article for publication, just let us know.
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04.2018 / Anne Moulin, Poverty reduction and social development adviser

​Why poverty targeting may not be the right thing to do

After a year-long research project on poverty and child well-being in Indonesia, Development Pathways’ researcher Bjorn Gelders draws five lessons learnt on poverty dynamics. These reflections have broad and important implications for the design of development programmes and question in particular the relevance of narrow targeting approaches. Learn more »

Justine Boillat / March 2018

​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 »

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