Accelerating progress in reducing hunger and undernutrition programme

Progress in reducing food insecurity, hunger and undernutrition was a vital part of the Millennium Development Goals, yet in some cases has slowed down or been reversed in the wake of food price spikes and the global economic downturn.

Acceleration hunger programme - Robert McNamara and Uma Lele

Led by Dolf te Lintelo, this DFID supported four-year programme developed:

  1. Evidence-based policy options that enhanced linkages between agriculture and nutrition, in particular, to support agricultural value chains that work for poor people and are sensitive to their nutrition requirements.
  2. Real-time monitoring methods using SMS technology for rapid and reliable assessment of hunger and nutrition statuses, enabling timely policy interventions.
  3. Innovative metrics to monitor governments’ political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. This work developed a Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index, which is further supported by Irish Aid.

The programme enabled policymakers to support greater private sector investment, respond more quickly to hunger crises and facilitate civil society to more effectively monitor national and international commitments on undernutrition and hunger reduction and keep governments to account for delivering on these.

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Knowledge Brokers Forum

The Knowledge Brokers Forum (KBF) is a collaborative space to promote knowledge sharing and dissemination around intermediary work in international development. More details

Capitalisation of SDC Experiences in Roma Social Inclusion

Jo Howard is working with SDC to capitalise experiences in Roma social inclusion by drawing broad conclusions from past SDC experiences in promoting Roma social inclusion and making them easily accessible for decision makers. Furthermore, she will produce a synthesis paper with main findings and lessons from the Roma inclusion seminar series. More details

Framework for Assessing the Impacts of Efforts to Enhance Access to Nutritious Foods

The objective of this research is to develop capacity and an analytical approach for the analysis of value chains-based initiatives aimed at enhancing access and consumption of nutritious foods by the poor and to use this learning to develop research proposals on leveraging value chains for nutrition. More details

Interactions Eldis Website

Interactions is an IDS-hosted interactive online resource on Empowering Women and Girls, featuring real-time research and analysis. The website features up-to-the minute research findings and policy analysis on gender-based violence, urban health and unpaid care work from IDS and partners More details

The Role of External Actors (part of the A4EA research programme)

This theme supports the programme in addressing: What are the best ways for external actors, such as donors, NGO’s etc., to support internally led social and political actions or to create enabling conditions that contribute to empowerment and accountability?’ More details

Improving access to livelihoods, jobs and basic services in violent contexts

Expanding access to work and services, such as public utilities and safe and reliable transportation, are important elements of any approach to strengthen security in poor urban neighbourhoods. More details

Support the operationalisation of outcome focused approaches

ILT are seeking to embed an outcome orientation to the planning, monitoring and evaluation processes throughout the current phase of the Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) programme. More details

Supporting outcome orientated thinking and embedded learning/continuous improvement

ILT is working to support and embed reflective learning practices for staff involved in the MK4D programme, including "ORID" interviews and Learning Labs. More details

Research to policy praxis

Exploring the role of ICTs for policymakers in the changing information ecosystem - studies on six country contexts More details

Home Grown School Feeding Mali

This study aims to evaluate the impact of school feeding programmes sourced from small-holder farmers on small-holder food security, as well as on school children's education, health and nutrition in Mali. More details

Addressing Synergies and Trade-Offs between Goals for Climate-Resilient Agricultural Systems

What factors lead state and market actors in Africa to commit to implementing more ‘climate smart’ and ‘climate resilient’ agricultural approaches and practices that promoting more sustainable and pro-poor outcomes? This study is examining how different governance systems are handling the complex interface between food, energy, water and climate in pursuit of the SDGs pertaining to these sectors in four countries in Africa. More details

Meanings and Expressions of Empowerment and Accountability (part of the A4EA programme)

This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the meanings of empowerment and accountability from the point of view of the people’s experiences and perceptions, and this in turn means for collective action. More details

African Farmer Game

African Farmer is a free, open source game that simulates the complex decisions and uncertainties faced by small-scale farmers living in Sub-Saharan Africa. More details

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IDS publications on international development research

Ethical and Methodological Challenges in Large Qualitative Participatory Studies

Participatory research studies utilizing qualitative data drawn from large, diverse samples appear increasingly common in the social sciences, particularly in international development. More details

What constrains renewable energy investment in Sub-Saharan Africa? A comparison of Kenya and Ghana

World Development 109 (forthcoming)

Policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa face several choices to increase levels of access to electricity under severe budget constraints. First, they need to prioritise technologies that can supply electricity at a low cost. Second, they need to design and implement appropriate policies to attract private investment. On the first choice, renewable energy is becoming increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. Moreover, it contributes to energy security and environmental sustainability, while providing access to new sources of (sustainable) finance. On the second choice, developing countries typically face a multitude of constraints to attract investment to their energy sector. It can be daunting and expensive to address them all at once. More details

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Jobs for Ex-Militants in the Niger Delta – Why Isn’t the Private Sector Involved?

IDS Policy Briefing 155 (2018)

At the end of violent conflict, the most difficult task for most countries is the reintegration of former combatants into civilian life and employment. Failure to do this can leave the door open for further protests and social disorder. More details

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Realising the Potential of Agribusiness to Reduce Youth Unemployment in Ethiopia

IDS Policy Briefing 153 (2018)

Agribusiness in Ethiopia has grown significantly in the last 20 years, and this growth is set to continue. This transition presents opportunities to address the country’s high youth unemployment and for agribusinesses to participate in global, regional, and local markets. More details

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Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises to Address Youth Unemployment Crisis in Zimbabwe

IDS Policy Briefing 154 (2018)

After years of Mugabe’s anti-Western rhetoric closed Zimbabwe’s doors, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the country ‘open for business’. After such a long period of looking inward, this could be a chance to rebuild the economy through large-scale investment in the private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). More details

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From Poverty to Prosperity: Explaining China’s Growth

IDS Working Paper 514 (2018)

This paper proposes an institutional analytic framework to explain the path an economy takes from poverty to prosperity. Close examination of the development history of China since the Xinhai Revolution in 1911 under this framework indicates that it is the combination of the unbiased single-peaked governance and an access-opening economy that makes the high-speed growth of China over 40 years. More details

Uncertainty in Climate Science: Extreme Weather Events in India

In May 2018, multiple extreme weather events claimed scores of lives, damaged property and brought public life to a standstill in parts of India. In the aftermath of these events, a blame game ensued with some assigning responsibility to scientific and state agencies, and others calling for more research and accurate weather forecasts. It is important to recognise the uncertainties in climate science and embrace them in order to channel resources appropriately, attribute causality, build public trust, and improve policy effectiveness. More details

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Getting the Most Out of Participatory Impact Assessment: Reflections from a Multi-Country Cash Transfer Impact Assessment

CDI Practice Paper 19 (2018)

Mixed methods approaches are widely used in impact evaluations, but all too often a ‘methodological gap’ emerges between broad, large-scale surveys and in-depth, small-scale qualitative investigation that can be difficult to bridge. More details

The Impact of Solar Mini-Grids on Kenya's Rural Enterprises

Energy for Sustainable Development 45 (2018)

Off-grid, renewable based electricity systems are becoming increasingly competitive for remote rural communities. When the electricity supplied is used productively by micro and small enterprises (MSE), it has the potential to contribute to income generation and poverty reduction. MSE are prevalent in rural Kenya to complement agricultural activities. However, most of them struggle to survive and they provide insufficient income to escape poverty. This paper investigates if the provision of electricity through solar mini-grids could contribute to improving business performance in rural Kenya. More details

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What Does Closing Civic Space Mean for Development? A Literature Review and Proposed Conceptual Framework

IDS Working Paper 515 (2018)

What does closing civic space mean for development? Aid donors are concerned about the implications of restrictions on civil society for their partners and programmes, but to date there has been little clarity about what this means for development. More details

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Ideas from IDS: Graduate Papers from 2016/17

Paper (2018)

It gives me great pleasure to present this first edition of published term papers authored by IDS graduates (2016/17) from across our suite of master’s degrees. More details

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Emerging Economies and the Changing Dynamics of Development Cooperation

IDS Bulletin 49.3 (2018)

Almost two decades have passed since ‘emerging donors’ – new providers of development cooperation – began to attract the attention of ‘traditional donors’. More details

This is the front cover to the IDS Disability Briefing 1, 'Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Persons with Disabilities'.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Persons With Disabilities

IDS Disability Briefing 1 (2018)

The World Health Organization estimates that 15 per cent of the world’s population have a disability and that a higher prevalence of disability occurs among people in lower-income countries. More details

This is the cover to IDS Health Briefing 2, 'Mutual Learning for Universal Health Coverage'.

Mutual Learning for Universal Health Coverage

IDS Health Briefing 2 (2018)

Accelerating progress towards the goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 is an essential component of equitable, sustainable and resilient development. 60 per cent of all deaths are caused by chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, which disproportionately affect poor and marginalised communities with limited access to vital health services. More details

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Can ICTs Increase Tax? Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia

ICTD Working Paper 82 (2018)

The widespread introduction of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digitalised data management systems is one of the most important developments among African tax administrations in recent years. However, very little evidence is available on their effectiveness in practice, and how taxpayers respond to these changes. This paper starts filling this gap by reporting three sets of results from Ethiopia. More details

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Welfare Spending and Political Conflict in Latin America, 1970-2010

World Development 107 (2018)

In this article we study an age-old question in political economy: does government spending on welfare ensure peace? This question was at the heart of the European Welfare State model of the early 20th century, and remains relevant today in face of rising inequalities and political conflict. More details

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Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

Taxation has been seen as the domain of charisma-free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers – an unlikely place to encounter big societal questions about democracy, equity or good governance. More details

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Innovations for Urban Sanitation: Adapting Community-led Approaches

Over half the world’s population now lives in urban areas and a large proportion of them lives without improved sanitation. Efforts to tackle open defecation in rural areas has been led by the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) movement. More details

Tax reform for low income countries

Tax Reform for Low Income Countries: Five Ideas for Simplifying Tax Systems to Fit Local Realities

ICTD Research in Brief 17 (2018)

There is no silver bullet to strengthen the tax systems of low-income countries. Dramatic changes in tax systems and tax collection are rare. Successful improvements more often involve a great deal of hard and steady work, and the gradual construction of popular trust and (grudging) support for reform. There remains, however, space for ‘organising ideas’ that can help identify potentially underexplored and underexploited opportunities for reform. More details

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Kofi Annan 1938-2018

21 Aug 2018
By Richard Jolly, Carlos Fortin

Catch up on Zimbabweland

13 Aug 2018
By Ian Scoones

Opportunities for Participatory Approaches in Impact Investing Cycle

08 Aug 2018
By Peter O'Flynn, Grace Lyn Higdon

Elections in tight civic space

06 Aug 2018
By Naomi Hossain

Recipes for success?

06 Aug 2018
By Dominic Glover

Using digital media for real-time violence monitoring and response

01 Aug 2018
By Roudabeh Kishi, Patricia Justino, Gauthier Marchais
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