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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CDC Longitudinal Development Impact Study

The CDC Group plc is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) wholly owned by the UK government. Its mission is to support the growth of businesses and infrastructure development throughout Africa and South Asia in order to create jobs and make a difference to people’s lives in some of the poorest areas of the world. More details

Supporting Policies, Programs and Enabling Action through Research (SPEAR)

Supporting Policies, Programmes and Enabling Action through Research (SPEAR) is a Flagship Programme (FP4) within the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health Program. The main objective of SPEAR is to understand and enhance agriculture’s contribution to improving nutrition at scale. More details

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

Programme Partnership between Irish Aid and IDS on Social Protection and Food Security and Nutrition

The Programme Partnership between Irish Aid and the Institute of Development Studies focuses on social protection and food and nutrition. The collaboration brings together research and capacity development with policy, programmatic and influencing know-how to support action that more effectively reduces poverty and injustice. 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

Requirements for a Sustainable Bioeconomy in the Context of SDG Implementation

A sustainable bioeconomy can potentially do its part to replace the era of fossil resources and supply a growing world population. The transformation to such a sustainable bioeconomy is characterized by economic, ecological and social opportunities, but also by risks. These potentials and challenges of the sustainable bioeconomy are specified by this project for the German Environment Agency (UBA). 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

Programme of Implementation Research to Inform the Effective and Sustainable Scaling-Up of Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Initiatives

COUNTDOWN brings together an innovative multidisciplanry partnership from from the UK, USA and sub-Saharan Africa to support cost-effective scale-up, sustainable control and elimination of NTDs as a public health problem. 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

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IDS Research Report

Impact of Economic and Institutional Reforms on the Health Sector in Laos: Implications for Health System Management

IDS Research Report 28 (1995)

Laos suffered an economic crisis in the mid 1980s and has since been implementing a programme of economic and institutional reform. This report describes the Lao health system and analyses the impact of economic constraints and the reform programme on the health sector. More details

IDS Research Report

Economic Reform and Political Liberalization in Uganda

IDS Research Report 29 (1995)

Uganda has been implementing simultaneous economic and political reforms since 1986. The interaction between these two sets of reforms is considered in this report which argues that political liberalization has not had a significant influence on the progress of economic reform. More details

IDS Research Report

Financing Health Services in Poor Rural Areas: Adapting to Economic and Institutional Reform in China

IDS Research Report 30 (1995)

In-depth research in three poor counties in China provides a unique picture of the impact of economic and institutional reform on health services in areas where development lags behind the rest of the country. More details

IDS Discussion paper

Governance in the Post-Import Substitution Era: Perspectives for New Approaches to Create Systemic Competitiveness in Brazil

IDS Discussion Paper 349 (1995)

Brazil is one of many countries striving for international competitiveness. It is argued that sustained industrial competitiveness rests not only on firms' capabilities and a stable economic framework, but also on a supporting, sector-specific, specialised environment, in addition to targeted policies and governance structures that facilitate problem-solving between state and societal actors. More details

IDS Discussion paper

A Woman's Fate is a Gourd's Fate: Labour and Sexuality of Korean Married Women

IDS Discussion Paper 351 (1995)

This study shows that in Korea, husbands' attitudes, in particular the fear of infidelity, are an important factor in influencing women's access to paid work, but that women have resisted such control over their working conditions. More details

Trade Between South Africa and Europe: Future Prospects and Policy Choices

IDS Working Paper 26 (1995)

This paper reviews the bilateral trade policy options for South Africa and the EU in the context of current and prospective future flows. More details

NGOs and Development: The Primacy of the Personal

IDS Working Paper 14 (1995)

Experience with PRA suggests that a reversal of the normally dominant behaviour and attitudes of outsiders is crucial for participatory development. To what extent would such changes resolve the problems of performance and accountability which currently concern so many NGOs? More details

Environmental Entitlements: An Outline Framework for Analysis, and a Mongolian Case Study

IDS Working Paper 15 (1995)

This paper highlights some pitfalls in the existing literature on poverty-environment linkages in developing countries and offers an alternative analytical approach based on the notion of 'environmental entitlements'. More details

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Financing Health Services in Poor Rural China: A Strategy for Health Sector Reform

IDS Working Paper 17 (1995)

This paper considers how the systems of finance and management of rural health services have changed due to economic reforms. More details

IDS Working Paper

Chinese Trade Unions in the Transition from Socialism: The Emergence of Civil Society or the Road to Corporatism?

IDS Working Paper 18 (1995)

How can China's trade unions find a new role in an economy in which market relations are increasingly dominant, and to what extent will they be able to become part of a new 'civil society'? This paper addresses these issues, made urgent by the rapid pace of economic reform. More details

Transfer Costs, Spatial Arbitrage and Testing Food Market Integration

IDS Working Paper 20 (1995)

Conventional tests for food market integration ask whether prices in different locations move together. This paper develops an alternative and more reliable test methodology: the parity bounds model. More details

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Health Expenditure and Finance in Three Poor Counties of China

IDS Working Paper 21 (1995)

This paper contains reports on health expenditure and finance in the following poor counties in China: Donglan, in Guanxi; Shibing, in Guizhou; and Xunyi in Shaanxi. More details

Using and Abusing Rates of Return: A Critique of the World Bank's 1995 Education Sector Review

IDS Working Paper 22 (1995)

The purpose of this paper is to examine how the Education Sector Review draws on rates of return to education research (RORE) to support policy recommendations within the education sector. More details

General Versus Vocational Secondary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of Rates of Return Evidence

IDS Working Paper 23 (1995)

This is a critical examination of the current orthodoxy concerning social rates of returns to general and vocational secondary education in developing countries. More details