Development

Corruption, Protest and Militancy

Corruption is not a victimless crime. With the effects of corruption and money laundering very much on the agenda of recent speeches by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and with growing public and political interest in a better understanding of the  drivers of corruption, the JSRP recently held a two-day retreat at St. George’s House, Windsor, to debate the issues.

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    Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

By Moses Adonga, Rachel Ibreck and Godfrey Victor Bulla There has been a global awakening to the opportunities and costs of land grabs in Africa. Academics and activists are duly investigating the scope and impacts of large-scale land seizures; the plight of victims has gained recognition; and there are moves to promote ‘responsible’ corporate investments. In contribution to the ongoing […]

South Sudan: Who Got What?

As part of the JSRP’s effort to present its research in multiple formats, Professor Alex de Waal has been working closely with Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula and Tjeerd Royaards from The Cartoon Movement to create an infographic in the form of an online comic, ‘South Sudan: Who Got What?’, which charts the story of South Sudan from independence to 2015. The comic draws on […]

Mobutu’s Lingering Legacy in Gbadolite

By Aaron Pangburn As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko’s rise to power, and the debates over the “next Congolese President” in 2016 intensify, it is a unique moment to reflect on his legacy and his lingering impact on the locality he once called home. The story of Gbadolite (in the territory of Nord-Ubangi and the […]

Lessons from Pajok: Towards a comparative ethnography of security and justice in Africa By Ryan O’Byrne The author has undertaken an extended period of fieldwork in Pajok, South Sudan, for his recent JSRP Paper on the cosmological dimensions of (in)justice and (in)security in the country.  In this post he highlights key issues raised in the paper. There is a growing […]

Citizen-Led Accountability and Inclusivity in Pakistan

Read Tom Kirk’s new JSRP Paper, ‘Citizen-Led Accountability and Inclusivity in Pakistan’, here.

Abstract: This ‘theory in practice’ paper examines the experiences of citizens groups seeking to hold Pakistan’s elected representatives and governance institutions accountable. A sustained period of democracy, ongoing devolution plans and increasing space for civil society suggest the beginnings of a favourable context to improve the demand […]

The Security that People Get Is Often Not What They Want

By Erwin van Veen Erwin van Veen is a senior research fellow in the Conflict Research Unit at Clingendael. This guest post builds on the author’s longer policy brief: ‘Securing its success, justifying its relevance: Mapping a way forward for Security Sector Reform.’  Follow Erwin on Twitter @ErwinVeen The recent incidents in Ferguson, US, have highlighted two similarities in the provision […]

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    Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

By Craig Valters The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. My new JSRP paper, ‘Theories of Change in international development: communication, learning or accountability?’ seeks to address a critical gap in understanding […]

The Donors’ Dilemma: the future of foreign aid

By Tom Kirk and Andy Sumner This piece originally appeared on the Global Policy blog and is drawn from the final chapter of the Global Policy e-book ‘The Donors’ Dilemma: emergence, convergence and the future of aid’ by Andy Sumner and Tom Kirk (eds).  Tom Kirk is a researcher with the JSRP with a particular interest in issues of security and […]

Tim Allen on the Importance of Fieldwork

In an interview with The Economist’s Prospero blog, JSRP Research Director Tim Allen underlines the crucial role serious fieldwork should play in underpinning international development policy and practice, arguing that: “There are systems of scholarship and discourses of power that are grounded in ignorance”, but ultimately concluding that “it’s possible to change things by bringing evidence from the ground”.

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