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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. 

03 May 2018
Communicating in a disaster

In Vietnam, natural disasters are catastrophic. In the past two decades they have claimed more than 13,000 lives and caused £5 billion of damage.  Although the country has devoted efforts to reducing the impact of floods, landslides, tornados and droughts, technical and scientific solutions are still a long way off. This 2017 Newton Prize winning project tackled the problems of maintaining communications under extreme conditions - saving lives and reaching everyone in society, including the least well more

12 April 2018
Keeping shrimp on the menu

Shrimp farming is big business, worth over $40bn each year. The vast majority of shrimp that we now love to eat is a single species, farmed mainly in Asia and Latin America. However, with big production has come big problems – disease is the number one barrier facing the industry, causing multi-$bn losses each year, leading to poverty, wasted resources and, breaks in the seafood supply chain. This Newton Prize winning project established the first ‘International Network of Shrimp Health’, led by a collaboration between the UK and more