Policy area: International development

Reports

Manifesto for a thriving world: IIED’s connected ambition, 2024 and beyond

This report from UK think tank the International Institute for Environment and Development presents their refreshed approach to impact. Following a year of review and dialogue, this manifesto presents IIED's refreshed approach to impact. This new approach to working on problems, in equitable learning partnerships, focuses on specific propositions to progress towards a thriving world....

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Imperial measurement

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs offers a cost–benefit analysis of western colonialism. In recent years, we have seen a renewed interest in Britain’s imperialist past: the British Empire, the slave trade and the Caribbean slave labour plantations. More precisely, we have seen a revival of the idea that the...

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Behind the scenes of the National Food Strategy

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance analyses the strategy’s successes as well as areas where it could have gone better. The 2021 UK National Food Strategy Review took a systems wide approach to analysing problems within the food system. To learn from the formulation of the National Food Strategy we interviewed the central...

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Rethinking the food system for health, climate and nature

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance argues that a data-led approach to improving the food system can be used as a platform for the UK to display global influence. The 2021 UK National Food Strategy Review combined data driven evidence with wide stakeholder engagement to diagnose serious problems caused by the food system,...

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What about seafood?

This report from UK think tank IIED argues that seafood should play a more prominent role in debates about food systems transformation in the UK. This paper argues that seafood should play a more prominent role in debates about food systems transformation in the UK. We discuss the connections between seafood and the broader food...

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Covid Collective learning report

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies provides an overview on the Covid Collective research platform. This report provides an overview on the Covid Collective research platform, how it was operationalised, and the learning which emerged from the three-year programme. The foundation of the Covid Collective’s theory of change was the...

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Social protection experiences of and attitudes towards new urban poor after Covid-19 in Bangladesh

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at urban residents’ experiences of poverty and the support they received since the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic led to a large increase in poverty in Bangladesh, especially in urban areas. Rising food prices and high inflation rates further compounded already high levels...

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Dispositions towards the living wage proposition

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies reflects on the changes induced by modifications in the Rainforest Alliance certification system. It finds that the socio-technological proposition is highly contested in the sector. Certification holders fear the costs of the wage improvement plans without credible long-term commitments from downstream firms and brands...

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World traders

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute makes the case for the UK to join the Multi-Party Interim Appeal (MPIA) arbitration mechanism. This new paper makes the case for the UK to join the Multi-Party Interim Appeal (MPIA) arbitration mechanism, the alternative to the AB set up by the world’s leading economies...

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The securitisation of energy

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines how Russia’s energy policy has interacted with its foreign and defence policies since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Russia views as a serious security threat any restriction of its access to and exploitation of oil and gas markets, either through international sanctions that prevent...

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Getting a foot in the door

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society suggests how preparations for a democratic future-Russia might begin. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is now in its second year with no end in sight. Western military strategists and policymakers are now planning for increased weapons supplies and training for Ukrainian troops to prepare for...

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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of oil

This report from UK think tank RUSI analyses Saudi Arabia’s oil policy and how it interacts with the Kingdom’s domestic and foreign and security policies. Tobias outlines how oil revenues – which have historically fuelled Saudi Arabia’s social contract – are now the indispensable source of funding for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform agenda. He...

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Russia and the anti-western axis must be militarily defeated

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society explores shifting the Western consensus toward ending Russia’s military threat to Ukraine and the West. The new Cold War pits a Russia-China-Iran-North Korea axis against the West. The goal of this anti-Western axis is the defeat of the US-led unipolar world that has been in...

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Mapping the supply of surveillance technologies to Africa

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies documents which companies are supplying which types of surveillance technology to African governments. African governments are spending over 1US$bn per year on digital surveillance technologies which are being used without adequate legal protections in ways that regularly violate citizens’ fundamental human rights. This report...

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Why is the UK still party to the Iran Nuclear Deal?

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society looks at practical applications for the future of the JCPOA. At the time of publication of this report, the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) is being held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, with the high-level General Debate...

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Related Events

30 May 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Chatham House

UK general election: The big decisions for the next foreign secretary

This event hosted by UK think tank Chatham House will discuss the most pressing international risks facing the UK. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced his intention to launch the 2024 UK Parliamentary election by stating, “This election will take place at a time when the world is more dangerous than it has been since...

4 June 2024

Location: Online / Institute of Development Studies IDS Convening Space Brighton BN1 9R

Think tank: Institute of Development Studies

Poverty, gender & health in the slums of Bangladesh

This event hosted by UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies will launch Prof Sabina Faiz Rashid’s new book. Author Prof Sabina Faiz Rashid will read excerpts from her book, which is a compelling ethnographic exploration of the daily struggles and health challenges faced by young women and their families in the slums of...