LGBT Rights Activism in Eastern Europe – Part 1

George Vasilev, lecturer in Politics at La Trobe, discusses gay rights activism in Eastern Europe.  Part 1 gives a brief history of gay rights activism, and its impact, across different parts of Eastern Europe.  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activism is a relative latecomer to Eastern Europe. While LGBT rights movements staked a place for themselves in Western democracies with the ‘new social movements’ … Continue reading LGBT Rights Activism in Eastern Europe – Part 1

Taking the Results agenda to the next level?

A new book ‘The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules?’, released today, explores the history of the results agenda and its consequences for development practice, and in particular transformational change.  Chris Roche highlights some of the book’s key findings and conclusions, and discusses how we can take the results agenda to the next level.  The UK’s Independent Commission on Aid … Continue reading Taking the Results agenda to the next level?

Talk is cheap… and effective

By Aidan Craney, PhD candidate at La Trobe University I have long been an advocate for utilising qualitative research methods. Statistics and numbers are great at telling us where we are and where we’ve been for given metrics, such as education standards or community sentiment towards marriage equality. But to identify future trends and risks, I believe the best learning takes place at the margins … Continue reading Talk is cheap… and effective

‘An intellectual EuroVision contest’

DLP Research Fellow Gillian Fletcher, based at the Institute for Human Security & Social Change at La Trobe University, reflects on taking part in the Australia Awards Welcome and Farewell event in Melbourne on Monday. How can aid better support conflict-affected states (such as Afghanistan) to build locally-owned peace? How can we help to empower people and reduce poverty through programs such as the Australia … Continue reading ‘An intellectual EuroVision contest’

Sustained hygiene behaviour change in Nepal: Evaluation of a Red Cross project in Kotgaun, VDC

By Celia McMichael, Institute for Human Security & Social Change and Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University In order to plan and implement hygiene interventions with sustained impact, we need to better understand what triggers and supports people to sustain hygiene behaviours. There is limited conclusive evidence on hygiene behaviour change, but it is clear that health messaging alone is a poor motivator for … Continue reading Sustained hygiene behaviour change in Nepal: Evaluation of a Red Cross project in Kotgaun, VDC

Why culture matters for international development Part 2

Deborah Rhodes is an independent consultant in international aid and development specialising in cross-cultural contexts. Part 1 of this post presents a frame of reference to understand differences in cultural values, reflecting the significance of cultural values for the behaviour of people, including leaders, as well as the nature of communities and organisations, and the prospects for developmental change. Here, Deborah examines some implications of … Continue reading Why culture matters for international development Part 2

Why culture matters for international development Part 1

Deborah Rhodes is an independent consultant in international aid and development specialising in cross-cultural contexts.  In this two-part post, she discusses why culture matters for international development.  In this post she suggests a different lens might reveal different understandings about the nature of development changes. We all know the power of looking at something through a different lens. Polarised sunglasses can make a cloudy sky seem … Continue reading Why culture matters for international development Part 1