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Agriculture, food systems, diets and nutrition in Zambia

Published in: Tue, 2017-06-13 09:57
Zambian agricultural production is focused on one staple cereal: maize. Maize makes up the major part of the national diet, while nutrient-rich foods such as legumes, animal-source foods, fruit and vegetables are eaten in small quantities, particularly amongst the poorest families. Many Zambians

Thick Problems and Thin Solutions: How NGOs Can Bridge the Gap

Published in: Mon, 2017-03-06 10:23
Imagine life in a low-carbon community that delivers jobs, justice and human flourishing, all within the ecological limits of a finite planet. It’s an attractive proposition, but to get there we’ll have to transform our societies, politics and cultures in order to prosper together in an inter

Remote but Productive: using energy access investments to catalyse enterprises and income in Tanzania’s rural communities

Published in: Sun, 2017-02-05 13:43
While rural energy access investments – like mini-grids – can be expected to transform local economies, this doesn’t happen automatically. Catalysing local enterprises and raising incomes through productive uses of energy often requires extra measures, to overcome barriers such as gaps in local

Building Future Food Leaders: a change makers guide

Published in: Wed, 2017-01-11 12:14
The food system is transitioning. New initiatives, start-ups and networks of changemakers are emerging at the grassroots level, harbouring ideas and massive potential to break through. Still, we struggle with enormous challenges: depletion of natural resources, hunger and obesity existing

Better Power in Tanzania’s Electricity Sector

Published in: Wed, 2017-01-11 11:52
Tanzania is expanding its electricity services. But the sector still faces many challenges in terms of delivering a high quality, reliable service for customers. For customers of TANESCO, the Tanzanian electricity supply company, power cuts are a major preoccupation, and have an impact on their

Demanding Supply: putting ordinary citizens at the heart of future energy systems

Published in: Wed, 2017-01-11 11:13
What role will ordinary people play in energy systems of the future? IIED and Hivos asked leading energy thinkers for their views. Opinions vary: some want to see a future where citizens produce, control or profit more from local energy resources; for others, companies and governments are likely to

Pushing for Better Power in Tanzania

Published in: Wed, 2017-01-11 10:58
In Tanzania, electricity services are expanding, yet they are failing to deliver a high-quality service to end-users. The Energy Change Lab initiative has looked at how information channels and customer feedback mechanisms can be used to ensure that the electricity sector becomes more transparent

Uganda Food Change Lab: Planning for the Future Food

Published in: Fri, 2016-10-07 18:59
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Hivos and IIED convened the Change Lab in 2015. The process in the first year culminated in the country’s first People’s Summit on Food, the outcomes of which will be described in this publication. We start by summarizing key pointers of the evidence

Report on Methodology, Challenges & Opportunities in the work of Inclusive & Affirming Ministries (IAM) 2009-2014

Published in: Fri, 2016-10-07 18:29
One of the most prevalent statements by religious leaders in Africa when asked for the ways in which they deal with sexual minorities in their communities has been that "there are no homosexuals in their communities!" The existence of Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) is, therefore

The Acceptability and Accessibility of Safe Abortion

Published in: Fri, 2016-10-07 18:13
Some health issues with which we deal on a daily basis are generally accepted as matters of importance for which we must ensure appropriate care and treatment. Examples include having high cholesterol, living with diabetes and providing new-borns with proper nutrition. Other health issues, however,