AID FOR AIDS: HOW DO COMMUNITY GROUPS NEGOTIATE THE NEW FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE?

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The past decade has witnessed a change in the public health funding landscape – with the rise of global health initiatives as well as increases in bilateral funding for health sector development. Action on HIV/AIDS has been associated with high profile programmes such as the Global Fund to Fight…

BEYOND SCALING UP: PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSAL ACCESS

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The STEPS Centre and our affiliate Future Health Systems are launching a series of activities that challenge the thinking behind prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector. There is an increasing awareness amongst policy-makers in developing countries that their government’s health services do not adequately meet the…

BLOG FROM THE SCIENCE FORUM 2009

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Former STEPS member Dominic Glover was blogging earlier this week for The Broker from the Science Forum 2009, in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Dominic, now a Postdoctoral fellow in technology and agrarian development at Wageningen University, provided a blogger’s perspective on the sessions, conversations and general atmosphere at the forum….

TWITTER & THE IRANIAN UPRISING

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Like many, I have been following recent events in Iran with interest. The use of social media (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook etc) via mobile and the net to organise and reveal ordinary Iranians’ perspectives has been fascinating and ground-breaking. Timothy Garton Ash says in today’s Guardian: “Probably the single most…

KILLER DUST: NEW ASBESTOS REPORT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member STEPS member Linda Waldman has co-aurthored a new academic report commissioned by construction union UCATT. Linda and Heather Williams have uncovered huge deficiencies in the rules covering the management of asbestos in people’s homes. Potentially exposing both residents and maintenance workers to asbestos exposure. Householders undertaking standard DIY functions…

MANIFESTO SEMINAR: DR. PADMASHREE GEHL SAMPATH ON IP

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from this event (Flickr link) We’re delighted to have Dr Padmashree Gehl Sampath of the United Nations University with us today to talk about ‘Promoting Knowledge Generation through Intellectual property in Late Development’, as part of the Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. While the centrality…

A NEW MANIFESTO: STUDENT ROUNDTABLE REPORT

By ELISA AROND, Research Assistant for the Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project A group of students and Visiting Fellows gathered at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton on May 27 for the second of our Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto roundtable events. Although the event was local, for the Brighton-based STEPS…

LAUNCHED TODAY! BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ARCHIVE AND NEW GM PAPER

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member I am pleased to announce the launch of the STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive – spanning ten years of IDS research – and a new Working Paper and briefing from Dominic Glover, Undying Promise: Agricultural Biotechnology’s Pro-poor Narrative, Ten Years On. To launch the archive and paper we are…