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News
15 March, 2018
South Asia faces the challenge of tackling persistent poverty at a time of rapid and large-scale changes in social, environmental, and economic conditions. A fairer, more equitable approach to governing environmental resources...
News
13 March, 2018
Today, 13th March, in Kathmandu, Nepal, ESPA and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) opened their Regional Symposium on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation with a minute’s silence for two...
News
12 March, 2018
African researchers are calling for sustainable development policies to be accountable to local communities. The recommendation was issued as part of a declaration adopted by academics and policymakers representing 10 countries at...
Blogs
12 February, 2018
How can research better inform development policy and practice? As interdisciplinary approach is widely seen as essential to ensure that research crosses the walls of academia and provides relevant evidence to underpin action to...
Blogs
12 February, 2018
Calls for interdisciplinary research are on the rise. Research councils increasingly want to fund it, and journals increasingly want to publish it. But the day to day practice of bringing together disciplines remains challenging...
Blogs
12 February, 2018
The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa (DDDAC) project focused on diseases that pass from animals to people. It investigated the links between these diseases (known as zoonoses), ecosystems, poverty, and the influence of wider...
Blogs
9 February, 2018
Addressing the complex challenges of climate change requires pulling together expertise from different disciplines. As the manager of the Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) at the African Academy...
Blogs
30 January, 2018
As the ESPA programme comes to a close, we have embarked on an effort to reflect on all that was learned during this journey, and to capture these lessons so that can be useful to current and future programmes, funders,...
Blogs
29 January, 2018
Full disclosure: I am an unabashed advocate for interdisciplinarity. Of course I value discipline-based research and education, as well; it is just that, to me, interdisciplinarity offers incredible scope for exciting advances in...
Blogs
15 January, 2018
  For many years, academia was often considered to operate within an ivory tower, isolated from the real world and its problems. Furthermore, within this ivory tower academics carved out different rooms, building silos in...

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