Sustaining community-based Payments for Ecosystem Services: Lessons from fieldwork on Mikoko Pamoja in Kenya

Sarah Wollring is a 2017 MSc Masters Graduate in International Development (Environment, Sustainability and Politics). Prior to studying at Birmingham, she graduated from Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands with a BA in Cross-cultural Management and Languages and did a graduation internship at the European Parliament during which she wrote her dissertation … Continue reading “Sustaining community-based Payments for Ecosystem Services: Lessons from fieldwork on Mikoko Pamoja in Kenya”

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IDD Hosts Researching Africa Day 2017

In this post, Richard Kweitsu, a Research Intern with GSDRC,  reports on the Researching Africa Conference hosted by the International Development Department in collaboration with the Department for the Study of African Studies and Anthropology, that was held on September 20, 2017. African Studies remains one of the most varied and dynamic areas of academia. … Continue reading “IDD Hosts Researching Africa Day 2017”

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Only compromise between parties can guarantee poll

Nic Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham. He was formerly the Director of the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His research addresses a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective strategy of political mobilization in Africa, how paying tax changes citizens’ attitudes towards democracy and … Continue reading “Only compromise between parties can guarantee poll”

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How does governance affect ecosystem health and poverty alleviation?

Fiona Nunan is a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development and the Director of the International Development Department.  Her interests and experience focus on natural resource governance and management in developing country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa, and on exploring the links between poverty and the environment. Dr Fiona Nunan … Continue reading “How does governance affect ecosystem health and poverty alleviation?”

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What approach should we take to resolving conflict?

Paul Jackson is a political economist working predominantly on conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. A core area of interest is decentralisation and governance and it was his extensive experience in Sierra Leone immediately following the war that led him into the area of conflict analysis and security sector reform. He was Director of the GFN-SSR and … Continue reading “What approach should we take to resolving conflict?”

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Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

Nic Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham. He was formerly the Director of the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His research addresses a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective strategy of political mobilization in Africa, how paying tax changes citizens’ attitudes towards democracy and … Continue reading “Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger”

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Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development

Nicolas Lemay-Hebert is a Senior Lecturer at the International Development Department (IDD) at the University of Birmingham. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Intervention and State building and the Routledge Series on Intervention and State building. His research interests include state building and peacebuilding, local narratives of resistance to international interventions, and the … Continue reading “Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development”

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Making Climate Compatible Development Happen

Fiona Nunan is a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development and the Director of the International Development Department.  Her interests and experience focus on natural resource governance and management in developing country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa, and on exploring the links between poverty and the environment. she is the … Continue reading “Making Climate Compatible Development Happen”

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Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of thrones

Justin Willis is a professor of History, University of Durham. Justin Willis’ work has been largely concerned with identity, authority and social change in eastern Africa stretching back over the last two hundred years. Gabrielle Lynch is Professor of Comparative Politics , University of Warwick. Gabrielle studied at the University of Oxford for a BA … Continue reading “Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of thrones”

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