Reading and research

A collection of academic research relevant to the international development sector in Wales. If you have any research you'd like to share, please get in touch via

Diaspora and Development in Wales

Diasporas play an important role in internationahub diaspora logo.pngl development in Wales. This research looks at some key debates around diasporas' role in development and the contribution of diasporas to Wales for Africa. The research involved a literature review, an analysis of Wales Africa Community Links funding and interviews with the leaders of diaspora organisations in Wales.

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Asylum in Wales

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Read what's behind the asylum seeker and refugee headlines in Wales.  This Swansea City of Sanctuary 2012 case study describes, using pictures, stories, statistics and examples, some reasons why people seek sanctuary, where they are fleeing from and to, the experience of the UK asylum process and what happens when asylum requests fail.  It also explains the City of Sanctuary vision and how to get involved.

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Investigation of Wales for Africa Health Links

1 in 5 health links in the UK are inhub health links logo.png Wales.  This 2011 report investigates the perceptions of those involved in health links in Wales and their partners in Sub-Saharan Africa.  It looks at the personal and professional benefits as well as challenges.

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In Defence of Fair Trade


Wales was the very first Fair Trade nation.  But Fair Trade has faced several criticisms, for example, for incentivising people to stay in low income sectors.  This article challenges the criticisms of Fair Trade, using clear examples, and concludes that while Fair Trade may not be the single catalyst for universal change in the global economy, it can help poor families plan for the future. 

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Coming soon: The Welsh Government's engagment in sustainable development

COMING SOON:  The Welsh Government has ahubnrg4SDlogo.png legal duty to promote sustainable development.  Published here will be the findings of a 2012 investigation into how the Welsh Government has engaged internationally on this issue during the first decade of devolution.  The research focuses on how the Welsh Government have used sub-national routes, particularly the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), to influence global decision-making.

Coming soon:  Fair trade governance, public procurement and sustainable development

COMING SOON:  Governments use public procurement of hubrice.jpgfair trade products as a tool to promote sustainable development.  Using Scotland as a case study, this 2011 research explores the procurement of Malawian rice by a local authority through the supply chain.  It investigates the different meanings of fair trade, and how the negotiated understanding of the concept structures the integration of fair trade in public procurement.