STEPS IN PARLIAMENT

The STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach will represent the Centre in two UK Parliament events next week. After the Centre’s submission to the Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry in to science and development, Melissa was asked to give oral evidence to the Committee on Wednesday February 8. The session will be live streamed from…

Globelics ’11: Lessons from India’s experience of innovation politics shared at Globelics

Report on STEPS UK-India collaborations at the 9th Globelics Conference, 17th November 2011(supported by UKIERI), by Adrian Ely Perspectives from India were amongst those shared in an international panel on ‘Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development’ at the 9th Globelics Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17th November 2011. The paper that fed into…

VIDEO: WATER, OIL AND POLITICS IN EGYPT AND SUDAN

In a time of intense and dramatic change in North Africa, Sudan splits into two. One of the most crucial negotiations to take place is over water: who gets how much, and at what cost? The whole Nile Basin has been arguing over the issue for decades. As well as being a source of water,…

REVOLUTIONS ON THE NILE

By Alan Nicol, IDS and Ana Cascão, Stockholm International Water Institute Today is official Nile Day in the basin and celebrations will be taking place in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the Nile riparian zones. For the assembled dignitaries, however, these are nervous times. This has already been a momentous year for the…

EGYPT AND SUDAN: POLITICS AND WATER IN A NEW NILE STATE

Our STEPS Water Seminar on 22 February is with Ana Cascão from Stockholm International Water Institute, who’s recently returned from working in Egypt and Sudan. Ana is a political scientist with a particular interest in the politics of water in the Middle East and North-East Africa. Her main research topic is the hydropolitics in the…

INVESTING IN LAND: THE WORLD BANK REPORT ON RISING GLOBAL INTEREST IN FARMLAND

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director There is something for everyone in the long-awaited World Bank report, Rising Global Interest in Farmland: Can it yield sustainable and equitable benefits? Some sections contain a damning critique of the situation; others a positive spin, with a narrative offering a bright future. Not surprisingly, then, the press have…

NEW MANIFESTO: INTENTIONS INTO ACTION

By Satchida Rana, MA Science, Society and Development student. At the launch of the New Manifesto on 15 June, there were some great discussions about the future of innovation for development. But if the New Manifesto is to work for people who are in need, then these good intentions need to be translated into action…

WE MUST NURTURE A NEW INNOVATION POLITICS

On the eve of the launch of our new report Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto, project’s convenor, Adrian Ely, and our colleague Kevin Urama, executive director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network, have published a joint opinion piece on SciDev.net calling for new politics of innovation built around diversity, poverty reduction and environmental…

NEW UK GOVERNMENT, NEW DEVELOPMENT POLICY?

Following the appointment of Andrew Mitchell MP as Secretary of State for International Development, IDS Director Professor Lawrence Haddad shares his views on what the future holds for DFID and what the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat agreement means for international development. Professor Haddad has been closely following the work of Andrew Mitchell MP for the past…

TOWARDS A NEW POLITICS OF SUSTAINABILITY

Today on the IDS website, Prof Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre Director, suggests new approaches to sustainable development, drawing on themes in Dynamic Sustainabilities, the new book in our Pathways to Sustainability series. Taking Dynamics Seriously: Towards a New Politics of Sustainability “On the one hand, there is wide recognition of growing complexity and dynamism, but…