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Current Awareness 2021: March

Up-to-date topics of interest to researchers

What is current awareness

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

Website of the month

Consumers International is the membership organisation for consumer groups around the world.


We believe in a world where everyone has access to safe and sustainable products and services. We bring together over 200 member organisations in more than 100 countries to empower and champion the rights of consumers everywhere.

We are their voice in international policy-making forums and the global marketplace to ensure they are treated safely, fairly and honestly. We are resolutely independent, unconstrained by businesses or political parties.

We work in partnership and exercise our influence with integrity, tenacity and passion to deliver tangible results.


We face complex challenges in ensuring everyone has access to sustainably-managed water and sanitation services. To meet this aim, UN-Water informs policy processes by identifying emerging issues and developing effective, collaborative responses. Landmark agreements in recent years on disaster risk reduction, financing, climate change, and the overarching 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have created a global framework that is intrinsically connected and mutually reinforcing.


Further reading

On Water development:

The United Nations World Water Development Report (UN WWDR) is an annual and thematic report that focuses on different strategic water issues each year and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water resources. It also includes regional aspects, hotspots, examples and stories, making the report relevant to a broad range of readers, at different levels and in different geographical areas.

Water means different things to different people in different settings. By sharing all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone. Valuing water appropriately is key to achieving the United Nations Global Goals.

On World Water Day, 22 March, the UN World Water Development Report  2021 on 'Valuing Water' will be launched.

Water is complex because it is linked to almost everything in the world. But complexity should not hinder understanding: Water is a precondition for human existence and for the sustainability of the planet.

On these pages, explore the multiple dimensions of water and sanitation.

On Consumer:

  • The United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection are a valuable set of principles that set out the main characteristics of effective consumer protection legislation, enforcement institutions and redress systems. Furthermore, the Guidelines assist interested Member States in formulating and enforcing domestic and regional laws, rules and regulations that are suitable to their economic, social and environmental circumstances; they also help promote international enforcement cooperation among Member States and encourage the sharing of experiences in consumer protection.


About the monthly awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

Selected noteworthy days in March

In the media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:







Looking for upcoming conferences?

If you are looking for forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden oldies

Nwakaeze-Ogugua, I. (2007), Feminism and African cultural heritage. Gender and Behaviour, Vol. 5, No. 1 (June), pp 1022-1041 .


Feminism seems to have spread its tentacles too wide, and consequently has spiralled a lot of misunderstandings. Power remains the central issue it seeks to not only address, but to limit in some cases, and to get or expand in other cases; moreso, with regards to the feminine world. This paper attempts to examine the issue of power in gender discourse, feminism as an ideology and see its influence on African culture as viewed from its ontological, epistemological, etc dimensions.

Moir, L. (2001), "What do we mean by corporate social responsibility?"Corporate Governance, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 16-22. 


There have long been conflicting expectations of the nature of companies’ responsibilities to society. However, for those businesses that do undertake what might be termed “corporate social responsibility”, what is actually socially responsible behaviour as opposed to management of corporate image management or other activity aimed predominantly at business benefits? This article reviews definitions of corporate social responsibility from both practice and the literature and looks at theories to explain why such behaviour takes place. The literature has strong divides between normative or ethical actions and instrumental activities. The article concludes by posing the question of when instrumental activities become business activities rather than largely social responsibility.

Kargwell, S. (2008), "Is the glass ceiling kept in place in Sudan? Gendered dilemma of the worklife balance",  Gender in Management, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 209-224. 


Purpose – This paper has two-fold objectives: first, it presents female managers’ experience with family-work dilemma. Second, it examines the priorities married female managers assign to the commitments of their dual roles and the support they received from their organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – This study was based on a case study, using a qualitative approach and triangulation of methods. These include: interviews, observations, analysis of texts and documents and autobiography. In-depth interviews were carried out with 26 male managers in senior posts and 22 female managers in senior and middle management levels in two Federal Ministries (Health and Education) located in Khartoum (the capital city of Sudan). The narrative style (story-telling) was used to analyze the interview data.

Findings – Results indicates that female managers interviewed give first priority to their families and secondary importance to their job. Married women managers who have children sought the assistance of others, (their extended families, servants, nannies and cooks). The priority married women managers give to their families play a negative role in their career progression and contributes to their under-representation at top management level.

Originality/value – The study highlights the effect of the family-work dilemma on the formation of the glass ceiling women managers are confronting in public organizations in Sudan.