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Connecting the Dots: Climate Change, Migration and Social Protection

28 Oct 2021

2021/10 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); research paper; Author(s): Ritu Bharadwaj et al.

There are several aspects of climate-induced short-term or circular migration, especially in combination with other socio-economic factors, that are not fully understood. Without reliable data on the pattern of circular migration, policymakers can not recognise or address migrants’ needs, issues and vulnerabilities. This paper provides an understanding of what drives migration, the patterns associated with it, its issues and consequences, and provide broader policy recommendations.

New on our blog: The difficult relationship between democracy and development in Indonesia: A book review

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28 Oct 2021

By Gerry Rodgers

Jean-Luc Maurer’s book “Indonésie : l’envol mouvementé du Garuda. Développement, dictature et démocratie” is a comprehensive political history of Indonesia, encompassing geography, demography, society and economy, from pre-colonial times to the present day.

The book aims to fill a gap in the writings about Indonesia in French. But that should not deter an English-speaking audience from dipping into it, because there is much to be learned here, not only about Indonesia, but also about the lessons of Indonesia’s experience for democracy and development elsewhere.

New on our blog: How social accountability initiatives are helping pursue social justice

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20 Oct 2021

By Elsbet Lodenstein and Sylvia Bergh | EADI/ISS Blog Series

Achieving social justice in service delivery in the health, social welfare, and humanitarian sectors is still a formidable challenge in most developing countries. Poor and marginalised people generally lack the voice to make their demands heard and the awareness to claim their rights. However, social accountability initiatives have become a promising way to address these issues

Unmasking Disparities by Ethnicity, Caste and Gender

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15 Oct 2021

2021/10 – Oxford Department of International Development (ODID); Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021

The global MPI report by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and UNDP provides a comprehensive picture of acute multidimensional poverty to inform the work of countries and communities building a more just future for the global poor. Its findings are a call to action for policymakers everywhere. Across the 5.9 billion people who live in the 109 countries studied, more than one in five live in multidimensional poverty.

New on our blog: Sand and gravel: Rethinking aggregate consumption and distribution

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13 Oct 2021

By Arpita Bisht

Of all natural resources, mineral aggregates (sand and gravel) have been the fastest growing and most extracted material group over the 21st century. This growth has not only been associated with large-scale ecological degradation, but also with violent extractive operations on local levels.

Given that sand and gravel are heavily used in the construction industry, particularly in concrete production, it comes as no surprise that the growth of infrastructure is the main driver for the overall rise in their consumption. What’s more, since 1970, increasing aggregate consumption has largely been observed in the global South—in regions which have witnessed massive economic and infrastructure growth.

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