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Doing research that brings about change for participants

6 June 2021

After gaining his MSc in Development Management with the OU, Craig Walker went on to became a full-time researcher in Development Policy and Practice.

IKD PhD Hub on Gender and Social Policy

13 May 2021

This event focused on gender and social policy postgraduate research from three disciplines across the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies.

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Participatory Action Research during the Covid-19 pandemic: methodological aspects

24 March 2021

Leaders of the AgroEcos project in Brazil describe how the COVID-19 pandemic led them to adjust their research methodology through innovative measures, alongside the agri-food groups.

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Burundi’s conflicts have led to an engaged Burundian diaspora seeking change from abroad

12 January 2021

Nadine Nigibira explores the link between political conflicts in Burundi and the emergence of the Burundian diaspora.

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Football in Burundi is a tool for reconciliation and political legitimacy

29 September 2020

Celestin Mvutsebanka addresses key entanglements between politics and football in Burundi in the latest Idjwi Series blog.

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Cultural norms and religious values in Burundi hinder teenagers’ sex education

7 September 2020

What impact do Burundian norms have on teenagers’ sex education?

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What are the drivers of child homelessness in the DRC?

18 August 2020

Like many cities in the DRC, a walk through Goma’s streets reveals children employing various coping strategies for survival.

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Tackling the persistence and causes of child marriages in Goma, DRC

17 August 2020

Forced child marriages are often a lifeline for struggling low-income families in the DRC, but they have serious consequences for young girls.

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Should Burundians care about English as a global language?

11 August 2020

Arcade Nduwimana discusses linguistic politics and limited fluency of English in Burundi.

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Are Goma’s motorcycle taxi drivers heroes or villains?

7 August 2020

Samuel Muhindo analyses the role that motorcycle taxi drivers play in securing their clients’ security in the city of Goma.

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