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Responding to the climate emergency: How we plan to play our part in greening international development

While the world has been consumed by COVID-19 over the past year, the climate emergency remains the crisis of our times.

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International Women’s Day and gender mainstreaming

International Women’s Day (IWD), as always, provides an excellent reference point for stocktaking global progress on gender...

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Why human-centered design (HCD) doesn’t always work for international development

A critical look at the use of HCD and what types of problems and organizations are best and worst suited for this method

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Three blogs you might have missed in 2020

January is a good time to take stock and reflect on the previous year. Here are some of our blogs you might have missed in 2020.

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Learning to go virtual: Our highlights from the WISH Learning Event

In early December 2020, Itad facilitated the annual Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) Programme Learning Event. In our...

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Making the most of 0.5% – what now for the UK aid budget?

The UK government has announced that the 2015 commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on foreign aid will be...

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Steep learning curves in evaluation: The case for gamification

Often the nature of our work as evaluators means that we play the role of the external observer working in a variety of...

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Improving poverty and disability measures through better data collection: Lessons from WISH

Collecting data for decision-making on personal issues related to sex, income and ability is fraught with complications that...

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How regular outcome monitoring makes WASH programmes more effective

Measuring progress towards WASH outcomes is more difficult and more expensive than reporting outputs, but it is a valuable...

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The UK’s approach to tackling modern-day slavery in Nigeria: Five missed opportunities

I recently read the ICAI review of the UK’s approach to tackling modern-day slavery through the aid programme and it led me...

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Tackling human trafficking: Lessons from the Stamping out Slavery in Nigeria project

Modern-day slavery is still a prevalent practice in Nigeria, with Edo State at the centre of human trafficking. The UK...

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SEEP 2020 Conference: What I learnt about digital Savings Groups

SEEP 2020 was my first virtual conference. While I participated in countless webinars and online discussions, this five-day...

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Walking for a good cause: A team effort for the Hummingbird Project

Being based so close to the South Downs in Brighton, we could not be better placed for a long walk in the country. Over the...

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Handwashing and COVID-19: The role of data in improving hygiene promotion

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of thorough handwashing to the fore in global efforts to curb the spread of...

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Fairness beyond the race: Four questions for COVID-19 vaccine equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented response from the international community to address what will happen when a...

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Ethics in evaluation and COVID-19: New practices in a changing world

The COVID-19 pandemic has created shockwaves around the world and has radically changed not only our usual working...