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Tania Ghosh is is a programme officer for the RELAY programme.

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Relay workshops update


Workshops held by Relay help improve reporting on research. This blog looks at two workshops held in August in East Africa.

Tax research on primetime Ugandan radio


Tax and governance issues hit primetime airways in Uganda as a result of a workshop bringing journalists and researchers together.

Practical tips for communicating research


Tania Ghosh from the Relay programme introduces the first in a series of blogs on communicating research findings.

Protestors, power and mega-dams


Mega-dams have caused controversy around the world. The Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric project, being constructed in Arunachal Pradesh, North-east India is no exception.

Female migrants’ isolation heightens HIV risk in Cambodia


Female garment workers in Cambodia who have migrated to the capital are more exposed to a risk of HIV infection because of the changes in their social and economic circumstances, a new report claims.

Moralising fails to curb teen pregnancies


Researchers have criticised the attitude of health service providers in Ecuador, saying their judgmental approach is compromising adolescent girls' rights to sexual healthcare.

Legacy of Make Poverty History was to ‘Africanize’ poverty


The 2005 Make Poverty History (MPH) campaign turned Africa’s poverty into the media focus and public face of the campaign, a new report claims. It argues this focus on Africa damaged the campaign diluting it’s overriding message of social justice.

Zimbabwean women lose out in land reform


Zimbabwean women are denied access to land under the government's land reform programme, a new report has found. According to the report, women make up 51 per cent of the population and yet there has been little mention of women, if at all, during the two phases of the programme.

Ethiopian inequality will widen says climate report


A new study predicts the effects of climate change will reduce Ethiopia's economic growth and widen the gap between the country's poorest and richest people by 20 per cent.

Communication leads to more equal roles in the home


An education programme focussing on communication skills is helping rural women in Honduras negotiate equal roles in the home, says a researcher.

Early diabetic deaths due to high cost of treatment


Children with Type 1 diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa die one year after developing the disease, as healthcare costs drastically outstrip earnings.

Fishermen overlooked by climate change research


More than 500 million people rely on fishing to make a living yet there is little information about how their livelihoods are affected by climate change, according to researchers in Malaysia. A new report by the World Fish Center in Penang, Malaysia, now aims to fill this research gap.

Macho culture fuels spread of TB in prisons


Macho culture in South American prisons is helping to fuel the spread of tuberculosis (TB) among male inmates, according to researchers. A new study suggests that male inmates are reluctant to tell their cellmates they are ill and fail to seek medical attention in case they appear weak.

The motivations behind African peacekeeping contributions


States that are poorer, have lower "state legitimacy" or lower levels of political repression, are likely to contribute higher number of troops to regional peacekeeping operations suggests a new report.

Refugees in Kenya left in legal limbo


A new report has found that the Kenyan government has not clearly defined the rights of refugees in Nairobi, meaning neither the police nor refugees know where they stand within the law.

Uganda: orphaned boys at greater risk of depression


Orphaned boys in Uganda are more likely to struggle with mental health problems following the death of a parent than girls in a similar situation, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.

Nepali women’s groups help cut infant deaths


A new report claims that women's groups in Nepal have helped to cut deaths among mothers and newborn babies by up to 30 per cent. The study suggests this was achieved by developing women's confidence and encouraging them to share their experiences of childbirth.

Street children start out as school truants, says South African study


School truancy could act as an early warning sign helping authorities to identify children at risk of becoming homeless, according to a report on street children in South Africa.

Commercial interests determine Nestlé’s aid allocation


A new report claims that Nestlé's aid to developing countries is determined by commercial investments rather than poverty levels.

Lesotho’s farmers miss out on agricultural information


According to researchers an agricultural information service in Lesotho is failing to reach the majority of farmers in the country. The study, from the university of Botswana, says that many poorly educated farmers do not see information as relevant to them.

Aid fails to alleviate poverty in Mozambique


Despite receiving US$12 billion in aid since peace was established 17 years ago, a new report says there has been no real poverty reduction in Mozambique. And the high levels of aid has also left the government accountable to donors, rather than the people.

Culture versus climate change in Burkina Faso


Researchers believe cultural values are preventing certain ethnic groups in northern Burkina Faso from adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Labour camps increase HIV risk amongst sex workers in China


Chinese sex workers who are sent to labour camps have a higher risk of contracting HIV than those who are not, a report has found. It also indicates that HIV prevelence is much higher in cities, which have camps, compared to those without.

Nursing exodus could benefit Caribbean in long term


The migration of nurses to wealthier countries could potentially benefit Caribbean healthcare systems if managed properly, a report claims. The report suggests that when a nurse returns – as most eventually do – they can bring important experiences with them.

Male friendships hold the key to HIV prevention


This study, conducted in Malawi, found that a man who thinks his best friend has extra-marital sexual partners, is far more likely to report having extra-marital sexual partners himself.

Climate change policy needs indigenous knowledge


Researchers have published a compendium of case studies revealing how indigenous people have been affected by and are adapting to climate change. The report recommends that Western scientists draw on their knowledge and experience.

Research interrogates Colombia’s counter-narcotics gains


Officials from Colombia's counter-narcotics strategy have overstated the extent of security improvements in regions affected by drug-related conflict, according to researchers.

Micro-credit adds to women’s double burden in South Asia


A new report has argued that micro-credits are of limited help in moving women out of poverty, and may worsen their status in the long term in South Asia.

Unhappiness of Chinese rural-urban migrants


Rising aspirations and high expectations of city life make Chinese migrants who move from the countryside to the city less happy than people who stay in rural areas, a report claims.

Poor failed by corruption in fertiliser programme


A research article on Malawi's fertiliser subsidy programme claims organised crime and corruption linked to the scheme has undermined its potential benefits for the poor.

Burundi’s peace depends on land


For the past four decades, Burundi has been plagued by civil wars but since a 2000 peace treaty refugees have been returning. But, researchers claim, land ownership issues among those returning to Burundi could fuel renewed conflict in the region if they are not adequately resolved.

Indian labour laws not enforced, says report


Labour inspections in India are failing to protect workers in the informal economy. A new report calls for tougher enforcement and says existing labour laws should be expanded to cover more workers.

China’s expanding peacekeeping role


China has dramatically expanded its number of UN peacekeepers in recent years and now has more troops, police and military observers than any other permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Tsunami refugee health depends on housing


A recent report on the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami compares how housing conditions affected the health of displaced people in Sri Lanka. The results could provide valuable insights in how best to care for displaced people following future natural disasters.

Mental health provision in Ghana struggles with investment


Religious and spiritual healers are stepping in to fill a gap in the treatment of mental illness in rural Ghana because of a lack of formal medical care, which frequently leads to beating and chaining the patients.

Hunger linked to women’s literacy levels


Increasing women's literacy levels and social standing would dramatically help reduce global hunger, according to this year's Global Hunger Index, which aims to calculate levels of malnutrition and hunger around the world.

Nigeria urged to bargain harder over China oil deals


Nigeria is being urged to take a tougher stance in negotiating oil contracts with China, including an insistence that technology and skills transfers become part of the deals.

TB crisis fuelled by mining migration


Fifteen years after the end of apartheid, miners in southern Africa have the highest tuberculosis incidence of any working population in the world.

Flood-hit Philippines failing to tackle climate threat


As the Philippines struggles to recover from last week's devastating floods, a study suggests local authorities in the country are failing to tackle climate change because they are excluded from the debate.

Strict border control fuels human smuggling


Tight security on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe is encouraging human smuggling and fuelling corrupt practices amongst border officials, leading researchers to call for measures to make it easier to apply for asylum.

A race to the bottom for the world’s poorest


The informal economy is often thought of as a cushion in times of recession-a sponge to absorb unemployed formal economy workers. However, the study shows that the informal economy’s ability to absorb new entrants is finite and argues it is now saturated.

Abusive husbands hold back food


Up to five percent of women could be suffering from abuse caused by their husbands restricting their food. The extreme form of physical abuse against women has come to light in a study published by the Third World Quarterly journal this month.

Burnt out medics pay price for HIV care


The health systems of Sub-Saharan Africa are being undermined by an exodus of medical staff. A new study from Zambia, led by an international team of doctors and researchers, reveals that staff burnout is fuelling the crisis.

Credit shortage holds back farmers facing climate change


Major donors including the US now acknowledge Sub-Saharan Africa needs investment in agriculture to beat food shortages. The policy was underlined at the G8 meeting in July and during the recent seven-nation tour of the continent made by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.


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