Month: March 2018

Kabaza, Road Safety and Livelihood

I will start by putting it out there that I am a fan of Kabaza. After riding Kabaza to and from work with my Kabaza man for almost two years, I came to appreciate the benefits of Kabaza, especially the part where the Kabaza man and I had a monthly payment arrangement. I know, I am not the only who has benefitted greatly from Kabaza. Mobility is a challenge especially in Lilongwe with its limited minibuses routes - routes that work for those who have private transport, but not those who do not ow [...]

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Can Men be Raped or Be Victims of Sexual Abuse?

Sexual violence is as old as human species themselves. Much as sexual violence is well-publicised, research, advocacy and development programmes have mainly focused on sexual victimisation of women and girls. Rape is indeed one of the most heinous in the extended family of sexual crimes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) an estimated 35% of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence which includes rape. As the campaign against sexual violence rages on, there are increasing c [...]

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SDG 4 Education: Necessary ambition or misplaced folly?

By Sarabe Chan, Chimwemwe Manyozo   Many have criticised the Sustainable Development Goals for being overly broad and unrealistic. While a certain degree of ambition is necessary to drive changes, the fourth SDG (SDG4) on education already bears ten targets, touching on issues such as primary and secondary education, vocational and technical training, teacher training and so forth. While the goal attempts to address the important issues, it also faces the risk of lacking focus. The topic of [...]

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Research and evidence for DFID: the role for evidence in new aid strategy

By Sarabe Chan, Chimwemwe Manyozo, Sarah King   In November 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) announced a new aid strategy that strongly positions UK aid as 'tackling global challenges in the national interest'. The four new strategic objectives are: strengthening global peace, security and governance, strengthening resilience and response to crisis, promoting global prosperity, and tackling extreme poverty.                 [...]

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The Evolution of Rights Based Education and its Challenges

By Sarabe Chan, Chimwemwe Manyozo   NGO approaches to education have evolved from a needs-based approach to the present day’s rights-based approach, what were the key steps? What is the most effective response to the continued underfunding of public education systems in many developing countries? How should NGOs respond to the increase of for-profit low-quality private schools? IDS Students, Sarabe Chan and Chimwemwe Manyozo, reflect on the Sussex Development Lecture, ‘The Evolution of Righ [...]

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