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

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

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IDS publications on international development research

Getting Institutions Right for Women in Development

IDS Bulletin 26.3 (1995)

This IDS Bulletin considers problems in institutionalising gender-sensitive development policy by exploring new gendered perspectives on the structure and functioning of development organisations, as well as strategies to improve their accountability to women. More details

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Towards Democratic Governance

IDS Bulletin 26.2 (1995)

The articles in this IDS Bulletin critically examine the implementation of various policies and programmes fostered by the good government agenda. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Environmental Policy

Gender and Development In Brief 1 (1995)
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Poverty Reduction Strategies: A Part for the Poor?

IDS Policy Briefing 13 (1995)

In a new approach announced by the World Bank and IMF, civil society is being offered a part in shaping and implementing national anti-poverty strategies. More details

IDS Policy Briefing

Can Aid Promote Good Government?

IDS Policy Briefing 2 (1995)

The promotion of 'good government' has become an explicit objective of most aid donors. This has raised suspicions in developing countries, particularly when the threat of withholding aid has been used to force multi-party elections. More details

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Confronting Famine in Africa

IDS Policy Briefing 3 (1995)

Famine poses a continuing threat to many of the poorest countries in Africa. There is much that can be done, however, to reduce the risk of famine, and limit the damage done. Speeding up the response to famine early warning signals is vital. More details

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Paying for Health: New Lessons from China

IDS Policy Briefing 4 (1995)

China's rural health services provided a model for the rest of the world during the 1970s. Since then, China has been undergoing a shift to a market economy. This has had a radical impact on the health sector. More details

IDS Policy Briefing

New Thinking on Gender and Environment

IDS Policy Briefing 5 (1995)

The need to build women's interests into policy making on the environment is widely accepted and many environment projects have made attempts to involve women. But up to now the approach has been too narrow. As a result, women have gained little, and in some cases have become worse off. More details

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

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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

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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

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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