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Blog

Welcome to our blog – where researchers and innovators, leaders and those working on the ground share their personal stories and reflections on international development issues. 

19 October 2019
CityZen: Connecting cities to citizens for health and wellbeing

Cities are under increasing pressure to meet rising demand to provide high-quality services for their citizens, and to do so in the most cost-efficient way possible. The Newton funded CityZen project is engaging directly with older citizens and healthcare professionals in São Paulo...read more

08 October 2019
Helping the Filipino healthcare system respond to life-threatening dengue epidemics

The Philippines recently declared a national epidemic after an outbreak of dengue in the country infected more than 200,000 people, causing hundreds of deaths. Dr Andrew Davidson, Reader in Systems Virology at the University of Bristol explains how a Newton funded international collaboration is helping to address this problem...read more

29 September 2019
Supporting excellent research in innovation through the Newton-Paulet Fund

Dr Fabiola León-Velarde, President of CONCYTEC explains how the partnership between the UK and Peru through the Newton-Paulet Fund is providing mutual learning opportunities and equipping policymakers with the tools they need to promote research and innovation for sustainable economic development and social welfare...read more

23 September 2019
How do you do capacity development well?

Jon Harle, Director of Programmes at international development organisation, INASP offers six suggestions for how we can approach capacity development more equitably, and more effectively...read more

23 September 2019
Building collaborative innovation policy capability through the UK's Newton Fund

The Global Innovation Policy Accelerator is a ground-breaking collaborative capability development programme for senior innovation policymakers. Ben Reid, Head of International Innovation at Nesta explains how programmes like this can transform innovation systems...read more

22 May 2019
How Colombia and the UK are joining forces to protect biodiversity and save the planet

Despite its fundamental importance to our very existence, biodiversity is decreasing at an alarming rate. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, we look at the science and innovation partnerships pursuing a better understanding of biodiversity in Colombia and finding practical solutions to protect the planet...read more

08 March 2019
Rough waters: navigating challenges and opportunities in academia

Glaciologist, Caroline Clason, has faced significant personal and professional challenges on her academic journey so far, but that hasn't prevented her seizing the opportunity to lead a large grant on Peruvian glacier retreat – a critical issue for global sustainability...read more

18 February 2019
'The heart of the matter': from academic success to personal fulfillment

Jennifer Githaiga, researcher at University of Cape Town, shares her journey – from achieving her PhD, to entering uncharted academic waters managing a Newton funded project to improve awareness of breast and cervical cancer symptoms among women in South Africa.​​​​​..read more

13 February 2019
From waste to health and wealth: transforming sanitation in Kenya

Kenyan civil engineer Joy Riungu explains how she developed a novel and cost-effective method of recycling human waste into animal feed and fertiliser – a simple intervention that could transform sanitation in Kenya’s congested rural and urban areas...read more

11 February 2019
How the Newton Mosharafa Fund is empowering women in STEM

We’ve all heard of Ada Lovelace, Sameera Moussa and Marie Curie, but there are many more women in STEM that deserve our attention. Since the launch of the Newton Mosharafa Fund in Egypt, there have been many incredible and inspiring women who have played a key role in finding solutions to challenges facing our country...read more