Research and Development

Developing a Theory of Change Mindset

2024-05-26T17:52:38+00:00

“theory of change is an on-going process of reflection to explore change and how it happens - and what that means for the part we play in a particular context, sector and/or group of people” (Comic Relief) Theory of Change (TOC)Theory of change as an approach to strategic planningContext is keyCOVID-19 as a period of reflectionDeveloping a TOC mind-set takes time Theory of Change (TOC) Thinking about Theory of Change (TOC) can often conjure up images of complex and complicated drawings, lines stretching across the page making connections across multiple areas, and generally looking like an indecipherable secret message. However, it [...]

Developing a Theory of Change Mindset2024-05-26T17:52:38+00:00

Development Research Ethics in the time of COVID-19

2024-05-27T17:08:19+00:00

Development Research Ethics in the time of COVID-19Ethical issues to think aboutResources for researchers to conduct ethical research Development Research Ethics in the time of COVID-19 Development Research in this blog, Research and Development Officer Dr Vanessa Malila, explores the importance and complexity of research ethics during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Humanities and social science researchers play a crucial role in epidemic preparedness and response. Their studies provide insight into the social context of outbreaks. This knowledge can help us to adapt and improve our response to outbreaks.” (Joao Rangel de Almeida) The current global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has [...]

Development Research Ethics in the time of COVID-192024-05-27T17:08:19+00:00

Research on Covid-19 and Faith

2024-06-05T12:14:59+00:00

Covid-19 and Faith Risks and opportunities for research on Covid-19 Learning from past mistakes to prevent harm  1) Acknowledge existing expertise  2) Consider historic context and local characteristics  3) Adopt intersectional approaches Conclusion Covid-19 and Faith What do we need to take into account when planning research on Covid-19 and faith? In this blog post, HAD’s Head of Research Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert argues that we should learn from research responses to previous crises in order to avoid past mistakes. Risks and opportunities for research on Covid-19 If someone had described the situation we are currently finding ourselves in a year [...]

Research on Covid-19 and Faith2024-06-05T12:14:59+00:00

Rethinking Localisation: The Case of Muslim NGOs in the UK and France

2024-05-29T18:43:27+00:00

What can we learn about localisation from Muslim NGOs?New ways of thinking about localisationDevelopments since the 1990sHumanitarian action “at home” in the form of domestic programmingFundraising offices, field offices – or both?Considering national and local particularitiesIncluding local considerations at every step of the process Muslim NGOLocalisation is one of the buzz words that have recently been dominating debates about humanitarian aid and international development. In this blog post, which is based on a presentation at the Best Practice Forum jointly organised by the MCF, MBRN and HAD, French researcher Lucas Faure (Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence) reflects on the concept by discussing [...]

Rethinking Localisation: The Case of Muslim NGOs in the UK and France2024-05-29T18:43:27+00:00

A Very Different Ramadan? Practising Faith during the Coronavirus Crisis

2024-06-13T19:38:39+00:00

Ramadan  A crisis – with challenges and new openings Observing Ramadan apart from the community For many of us, the crisis is the norm Creative and innovative faith responses to the crisis A myriad of experiences that might benefit you, too Ramadan  A crisis – with challenges and new openings The spread of the coronavirus has caused a crisis that poses challenges many of us have never had to deal with before. We are affected by it in different ways, depending on who we are and where we live, but there are very few who do not find dealing with the [...]

A Very Different Ramadan? Practising Faith during the Coronavirus Crisis2024-06-13T19:38:39+00:00

Reflections on Africa’s SDG story

2024-06-07T20:42:31+00:00

Reflections on Africa’s SDG storyAfrica Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2020How is Africa performing in achieving the SDGs?Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsClean Water and SanitationCan the African tale take a different turn?Urbanisation – challenge and opportunityA cohesive, planned approach Reflections on Africa’s SDG story February 26, 2020 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2020 Monday 24th February 2020 sees the start of the sixth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD). The four-day forum, hosted in Zimbabwe, will bring together governments, the private sector, the UN, and other major groups such as civil society organisations, international and local [...]

Reflections on Africa’s SDG story2024-06-07T20:42:31+00:00

Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam

2024-05-31T18:03:55+00:00

Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam2020 World Urban ForumThe Climate Crisis in Urban SpacesWhat about Faith and Religion in City Spaces?Effects of the Climate Crisis on the HajjToxic Air in LahoreRising Sea Levels in AlexandriaSaving Lives Through Action Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam February 12, 2020 2020 World Urban Forum Between the 8th and 13th February 2020, Abu Dhabi will host the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum, “the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization in all its ramifications”. As it is organised and convened by UN-Habitat, it is fitting that the scale of [...]

Cities, the Climate Crisis, and Islam2024-05-31T18:03:55+00:00

What it means to be a Muslim Charitable Organisation – A reflection on the first Best Practice Forum January 2020

2023-04-25T21:49:04+00:00

Thought leadership and capacity-building require spaces to nurture, consider, develop and spread new ideas and approaches. With that need of the sector in mind, the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) hosted a conference bringing together academics, practitioners, donors and thought leaders within the Muslim charities sector on Wednesday 15 January. The conference was organised by the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN), in collaboration with the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) and HAD.   Thoughtful and innovative presentations Attendees were part of thoughtful and innovative discussions and presentations which covered diverse topics. These included for example presentations on case studies from Muslim [...]

What it means to be a Muslim Charitable Organisation – A reflection on the first Best Practice Forum January 20202023-04-25T21:49:04+00:00

Addressing Global South/North Inequalities in Research

2024-05-31T21:56:20+00:00

As a researcher who was born and spent most of her adult and working life in South Africa, I have long valued the contribution of researchers and academics from the Global South. I was fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational and innovative colleagues from universities and organisations from around Africa. While it was easy for me to recognize excellence of thought and field-building, I came to realize that this was not always a shared sentiment. Academics and researchers from the Global South are disadvantaged in many ways and are not only regarded as less valuable, but are often valued less than [...]

Addressing Global South/North Inequalities in Research2024-05-31T21:56:20+00:00

PVE, Development and Gender Workshop

2024-05-12T19:15:58+00:00

October 1, 2019 PVE, Development and Gender Workshop HAD held a workshop on Preventing Violent Extremism, Development and Gender at the Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society.  The workshop took place at the University of Sussex in September. It was part of the Research and Development (R&D) department’s strategy to build strong partnerships with academics and practitioners in the sector. The workshop was co-convened by the Head of R&D, Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Professor Juanita Elias (Professor in International Political Economy) and Dr Nicola Pratt (Reader of International Politics of the Middle East) from the University of Warwick. The event [...]

PVE, Development and Gender Workshop2024-05-12T19:15:58+00:00
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