Accelerating progress in reducing hunger and undernutrition

Progress in reducing food insecurity, hunger and undernutrition vital to achieving the MDGs, yet has slowed and in some cases 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 develops:

  1. Evidence-based policy options that enhance 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 develops a Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index, which is further supported by Irish Aid and Oxfam India.

The programme will enable 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.

IDS is also a key member of the two recently launched DFID supported nutrition research programme consortia: Transform Nutrition and LANSA and is working with GAIN and USAID on how agri-food value chains can have a bigger nutrition impact. Lawrence Haddad is the UK representative on the UN Committee on World Food Security's High Level Panel of Experts. He was one of the Lead Experts on the UK Government's Foresight's Project on the Future of Food and Farming.

Hunger and nutrition has long been a particular focus of IDS and its Centre for Social Protection programme.

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PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such 'lessons from the margins' to global challenges. More details

Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D)

A five-year DFID-funded Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme consortium led by IDS. More details

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies. More details

Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Mixed-Methods Study to Inform Policy and Programs

The goal of the Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa study is to strengthen and deepen knowledge of: the employment dynamics of rural young people, and the relationships between these dynamics and welfare; and the socially and spatially differentiated perspectives of rural young people on work, employment and livelihoods. Research is taking place in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso. More details

Scaling-Up Early Child Development Interventions in Rwanda

This project aims to establish a long-term partnership between the IDS, Save the Children UK (SCUK) and Save the Children International Rwanda (SCI-R) to analyse, evaluate and scale-up (in partnership with the Government of Rwanda) a unique holistic programme (First Steps) that supports families of children aged 0-3 in the district of Ngororero in Rwanda. More details

Capacity Building for Smart Data and Inclusive Cities (SDIC)

The “Capacity Building for Smart Data and Inclusive Cities” (SDIC) project aims strengthen technical and institutional capacities by working directly with municipal authorities participating in the Smart Cities Mission in four secondary cities in India: Bhopal and Jabalpur (in Madhya Pradesh) and Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi (in Kerala). More details

Accountability for Health Equity Programme

Since the publication of the 2004 World Development Report a range of different attempts have been made to make the design, prioritisation and delivery of health services more accountable to different stakeholders. However, complex politics and power dynamics can limit or skew people's abilities to access services or hold them to account, particularly for poor and marginalized people. More details

Handbook of Financialization

Financialization has become the go-to term for scholarship that studies the vastly expanded role of finance in contemporary politics, economy and society. The goal of this handbook is to provide a comprehensive overview of the scholarship on financialization as it stands today, almost twenty years after the concept was first embraced by social scientists More details

‘Seeing’ Conflicts at the Margins: Understanding Community Experiences Through Social Research and Digital Narrative in Kenya and Madagascar

In a context of unprecedented investment in natural resource developments, this project bridges the social sciences, the humanities and community-based participatory research to ask how different ‘communities’ of actors ‘see’ and experience resource conflicts in Kenya and Madagascar. We use social science alongside a variety of participatory multimedia methods to open up conflict research to more diverse framings and voices, which can offer new insights on the drivers of resource conflict and pathways to peace. More details

Coptic Culture Conservation Collective

The Coptic Culture Conservation Collective initiative will create a narrative and visual archive of contemporary Coptic intangible cultural heritage. More details

The Urban Land Nexus and Inclusive Urbanization in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Khartoum

This action-oriented research project will use the urban land nexus and its politics to provide the entry point for analysing the cities of Khartoum, Dar es Salaam and Mwanza and as integrated city systems. The overarching objective is to identify, research, and stimulate policy debate on actionable changes that are politically feasible and scalable within existing urban systems, and will foster more inclusive and welfare-enhancing urban transitions. More details

GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition

GODAN Action brings together agriculture and nutrition specialists and open data experts and will support GODAN in its mission by building people’s capacity to engage with open data More details

Myanmar Pig Partnership

The Myanmar Pig Partnership is focusing on the risks of zoonotic disease emergence associated with the rapid growth and intensification of livestock production in Myanmar in recent years. More details

Strengthening and Broadening Community-Led Total Sanitation at Scale

The Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Hub works in collaboration with practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others in the development, sanitation and related communities, and in governments, international agencies, civil society, research institutes and other organisations. More details

Advisor for the World Development Report 2017

Prof. Patricia Justino is working on the World Development Report 2017 as an advisor to the lead author of the chapter on "Security, Conflict and the Absence of Violence", as well as producing a background paper for the WDR chapter. More details

Independent Evaluation of the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Kenya Programme

An evaluation of a programme in Kenya to avert maternal and neonatal deaths through nationwide life saving skills training for health professionals, and integrated health system strengthening in selected counties. More details

DFID Innovation Prizes for Environment and Development

Running innovation prizes that will improve poor people's resilience to climate change. More details

Womens Economic Inequality and VAWG consultancy

In this consultancy, Marinella Leone is developing evidence to support arguments and recommendations made in the ActionAid report exploring the interlinkages between women’s economic inequality/ neoliberal policies and Violence against women and girls (VAWG). More details

Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa (GroFutures)

GroFutures is a 4-year interdisciplinary research project aiming to develop the scientific basis and participatory management processes by which groundwater resources can be used sustainably for poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa. More details

Towards a Relational Approach to Agency for Mapping Pathways Into and Out of Poverty

In the 21st century, global poverty is compounded as climate-related events, political-religious conflicts and growth-inequality nexuses add to persistent forms of social exclusion based on gender, race, and class. More details

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IDS publications on international development research

Sustainability, Access and Equity: Tropical Floodplain Fisheries in Three Asian Countries

Researchers in a number of disciplines have recognised the critical importance of an inter-disciplinary approach to environmental research and management. This volume consists of a collection of topical and relevant papers arising from the work done by the International Centre for the Environment at the University of Bath on environmental themes and issues from a business and management perspective. More details

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Civil Society and Governance - A Research Study in India

The potential of civil society in affecting the state and citizens’ lives is beginning to be recognised all over the state; at the same time it is also being increasing realised that governance is not the sole responsibility of the government. More details

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Men, Masculinities and Development: Politics, Policies and Practice

IDS Bulletin 31.2 (2000)

From work in the reproductive health field involving men, to a concern about rising male unemployment and gender-based violence, men and masculinities are now very firmly on the gender and development agenda (GAD). More details

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Can Local Democracy Survive Governance?

Urban Studies 37.5-6 (2000)
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Sexual Reproductive Health

PLA Notes 37 (2000)

The theme section of this issue of PLA Notes focuses on the use of participatory approaches in Sexual and Reproductive Health, building on previous RRA/PLA Notes issues on Health (RRA Notes 16, 1992) and HIV/AIDS (PLA Notes 23, 1995). More details

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Economic Reforms in India: Impact on the Poor and Poverty Reduction

IDS Working Paper 102 (2000)

This paper analyses the impact of the economic reforms initiated in India in 1991 on the poor and on poverty reduction. Using time series analysis of poverty indicators for all India and across states, it notes that while rural, urban and overall national poverty levels in India recorded a significant decline during the pre- reform period (1969-70 to 1990-91), during the post- reform period (1991-92 to 1993-94), these negative trends have weakened or even reversed in terms of one or more poverty indicators. More details

IDS Research Report

Agricultural Intensification in Ethiopia and Mali

IDS Research Report 48 (2000)

Agricultural intensification, in all its different forms, is one of the three major strategies adopted by households in order to attain a livelihood. This paper presents research findings on agricultural intensification from Ethiopia and Mali field research carried out under the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme. The paper focuses on the determinants of agricultural intensification in five research sites, in order to identify which factors inhibit or facilitate the process of agricultural change. More details

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Governance and Upgrading: Linking Industrial Cluster and Global Value Chain Research

IDS Working Paper 120 (2000)

What is the scope for local upgrading strategies where producers operate in global value chains? This paper examines the interaction of global chain governance and local industrial cluster governance and unpacks the key issue of whether insertion in a global value chain enhances or undermines local upgrading strategies. More details

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Healthcare Seeking Behaviour in Asian Transitional Economies: A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography

IDS Development Bibliography 17 (2000)

The focus of this literature review and bibliography is household healthcare seeking behaviour (HCSB) in poor rural communities of Asian transitional economies in general and Vietnam in particular. More details

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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Latin America: Overview of the Literature with Annotated Bibliography

IDS Development Bibliography 18 (2000)

Increased discussion on the merits and methods of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) has emerged as a result of various trends in academic and practical fields of development thought and policy. In Latin America, as elsewhere, the inclusion of primary stakeholders in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities is being insisted upon by donors, and increasingly sought by Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). But concerns over costs, timing and quality as well as use of information thus gathered are also raised. More details

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Economic Reform and Economic Performance: Evidence from 20 Developing Countries

IDS Discussion Paper 376 (2000)

Do adjustment policies assist or retard growth? This paper presents data on economic performance (aggregate and sectoral growth, inflation, investment and external account) for 20 countries. More details

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Health Reformers' Response to Zambia's Childhood Mortality Crisis

IDS Working Paper 121 (2000)

This study examines the reasons for the rise in the Zambian under-five mortality during the 1990s, paying particular attention to the relevance and effectiveness of health sector reform strategies and their impact on ordinary Zambians. More details

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Unemployment, Poverty and Gender in Urban China: Perceptions and Experiences of Laid Off Workers in Three Chinese Cities

IDS Research Report 50 (2000)

This report is part of a project to explore the changing nature of poverty and vulnerability in urban China and the appropriateness of the government's policy responses. More details

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Accountablity Through Participation: Developing Workable Partnership Models in the Health Sector

IDS Bulletin 31.1 (2000)

In recent years there has been a major shift in attitudes from viewing communities as passive recipients of health care, to adoption of new approaches seeking to make more of the potential that active community participation might offer for enhanced accountability and improved responsiveness of services. More details

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Water for the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Misconceptions

IDS Working Paper 111 (2000)

This paper critically reviews some of the global debates and narratives concerning water scarcity, water 'crises' and water resources management and shows what they are obscuring. More details