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  • Permalink A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a young boy at a mobile health clinic in the village of Goza, near Dadu, in Pakistan's Sindh province. Funding from the UK government is enabling the International Medical Corps to operate mobile health clinics in Sindh, as part of the UK's response to the Pakistan floods. These clinics will provide access to basic healthcare services for thousands of people across Sindh as they return home to communities which were devastated by the floods in August 2010. The floods destroyed clinics and hospitals as well as homes and schools, so mobile teams of doctors, nurses and pharmacists are a vital way of reaching people in need of healthcare. The teams also operate as a disease 'early-warning' system; being getting out into the communities, they can spot the early signs of cholera and other water-borne diseases associated with large amounts of standing water and limited sanitation.Gallery

    Understanding Pakistan’s efforts to align quality healthcare with Sustainable Development Goals.

Understanding Pakistan’s efforts to align quality healthcare with Sustainable Development Goals.

Policy columnist for The Diplomat Magazine and guest blogger, Hannan Hussain, explores the potential of Universal Healthcare in Pakistan with a government-run health protection initiative being piloted in the country’s northern most province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Development of a quality healthcare system has served as a popular reference point in Pakistani politics and activism. Yet, successive leaderships have struggled to achieve […]

  • Permalink U.S. Army Pfc. Cory Acres, a native of Lakenheath, England, gunner assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, uses a handheld interagency identity detection equipment system to scan the fingerprints of an Afghan man June 8, 2012. The HIIDE system scans an individual’s biographical information and matches it against an internal database. The system allows soldiers in the field to quickly identify whether a person of interest is on a watch list and creates reports to support further intelligence analysis.Gallery

    Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics

Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics

Guest bloggers, Claire Walkey, Dr. Caitlin Procter and Dr. Nora Bardelli from Oxford University, explore the potential benefits, risks and ethical challenges of biometric refugee registration. 

UNHCR currently uses biometric technology in 52 countries, which means over six million refugees are now biometrically registered. It is also currently expanding its use of biometrics to capture a full set of refugees’ fingerprints and their […]

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    Ecotourism and Neocolonialism: The human cost of wildlife conservation

Ecotourism and Neocolonialism: The human cost of wildlife conservation

Around the world, people, often indigenous, are becoming “conservation refugees” forced to leave their ancestral homelands for the creation of protected areas and wildlife reserves. Through this process of displacement, conservation has created racialised citizens and politicised landscapes. Guest blogger, Arzucan Askin tells us more. 

Indigenous people and conservationists share a vital and mutual goal: to protect and preserve biological […]

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    The Racial Dimensions Of “Nature”: Environmental Justice and CO2lonialism in Brazil

The Racial Dimensions Of “Nature”: Environmental Justice and CO2lonialism in Brazil

Racial thinking shapes the spaces in which we live and the way we perceive the environment. The concept of “race” is inseparable from contemporary environmental issues and linked to colonial legacies. In Brazil, racial discrimination is deeply intertwined with development and the protection of the Amazon. Guest blogger, Arzucan Askin tells us more. 

The linkages between climate change, colonialism, and capitalism […]

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    The (not-so) secret winners and losers behind the T-shirt value chain – It is time to change the rules of the game

The (not-so) secret winners and losers behind the T-shirt value chain – It is time to change the rules of the game

Guest blogger and Lecturer in Economics at The Open University, Dr Lorena Lombardozzi, looks at recent charity T-shirt scandals and suggests it’s time value-chains take accountability for societal and workers values.

Some weeks ago the clothing industry faced yet another scandal. Newspapers moralised about the inappropriate pay -35p per hour- that women workers receive in Bangladesh to produce the newly […]

  • Permalink U.S. Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Regiment unload Humanitarian aid for distribution to the town of Rajan Kala, Afghanistan Dec. 05, 2009. Charlie Company used their Stryker armored vehicles to move the Humanitarian aid from the Joint District Community Center to the town of Rajan Kala. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II/Released)Gallery

    Do Western donors increasingly use development aid to protect their own security?

Do Western donors increasingly use development aid to protect their own security?

Guest bloggers, Ivica Petrikova and Melita Lazell summarise a paper in which they examine whether and how securitisation has affected the distribution of UK, US, Danish and Swedish development aid by sector through investigating how conflict in aid-recipient states and the extent to which these states are perceived as a security threat, affect aid commitments to priority sectors; democratisation and peace, conflict and security.

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    Applying the UNHCR Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to Workers Displaced by AI, Automation

Applying the UNHCR Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to Workers Displaced by AI, Automation

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies candidate, Emma Smith, and her father, Ross Smith, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, explore how the UNHCR Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) can be applied to the coming age of AI-based worker displacement. 

Since the dawn of humanity, the nature of our work has been constantly evolving. From the cradle of civilization to the […]

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    Why randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results

Why randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results

Marie Curie Research Fellow, Alexander Krauss, explains why despite social and medical sciences depending on randomised control trials, they face more biases than thought, impacting the reproducibility crisis. This blog post is based on the author’s article, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results”. 
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are generally viewed as the foundational experimental method of the social and medical sciences. Economists […]

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    What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

Guest bloggers Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and David Lewis, Department of Social Policy at the LSE, suggest a new future for UK-Bangladesh relations once Bangladesh graduates from a Least Developed Country to a Middle Income Country in 2021. 

Ever since Bangladesh became an independent country in December 1971 the United Kingdom has been a major development partner. For the […]

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    Should we compete or cooperate in international development?

Should we compete or cooperate in international development?

Why are partnerships important for sustainable development? Why can’t development actors simply go it alone? Why not strive to be everything for everyone: the “one stop shop” for development assistance? Guest blogger, Cameron Diver, Deputy Director-General at The Pacific Community (SPC), gives us an insight into the potential of partnerships.

In today’s crowded international development space and with extra pressure on traditional […]