Economy and Finance

The research programme 'Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls' is a collaborative programme with a number of leading research partners across the globe, led by IDS. The project runs for a four-year period from 2012-2016.

The main aim of the research is to examine how to build an enabling environment for the empowerment of women and girls. Specifically, the research is split into three main areas:

Gender-based violence 

Examining how collective action, involving women and men in social movements and coalitions is able to effectively address gender-based violence. In particular it examines the involvement of men and boys in working on issues to do with gender-based violence. Our study countries include Egypt, India, Kenya, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

Urbanisation and health

Understanding the effects of urbanisation and urban environments on the health of women and girls in low-income settings. Examining issues of non-communicable diseases, mental health, sanitation, sex work, infrastructure and HIV. Study countries include South Africa.

Unpaid care

Analysing the conditions under which policy actors recognise or ignore the significance of unpaid care work. Study countries include Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.

Amongst the expected outcomes is greater recognition amongst policy-makers of the importance of unpaid care work and of interventions which build a better environment for women and girls' urban health care. The programme is also be expected to challenge current attitudes to gender based violence.

IDS has long played a prominent part in promoting policies to support the empowerment of women and girls. The Institute is home to BRIDGE, a gender research and communications programme aimed at providing accessible and diverse information to bridge the gaps between theory, policy and practice. IDS also led the Pathways of Women's Empowerment research consortium, with partners in South Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Researchers from right across IDS focus on gender issues and will contribute to this new programme.

Interactions website: Empowerment of Women and Girls

The Interactions website provides real-time research on the empowerment of women and girls. Categorised into three main themes (gender-based violence, urbanisation and health, and unpaid care work), this website provides access to a wealth of resources in connection with this programme. Content includes key issues guides, policy findings, country profiles, case studies, researcher profiles, photo stories and blogs.

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

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Food Price Volatility and Financial Speculation

Understanding better the relationship between financial markets and food price volatility is the motivation for this paper. More details

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Global Political Economy: Contemporary theories

This text book provides up-to-date summaries of the debates and approaches that are currently at the forefront of both European and American Global Political Economy . More details

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The World Bank and Industrial Policy: Hands off or hands on?

Carlos Fortin examines the World Bank's record on industrial policy over the last 20 years and shows that the Bank's position on the role of the state is more nuanced. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Inter-Firm Linkages and Finance in Value Chains

IDB Working Paper 349 (2012)

This paper examines the impact of inter-firm linkages and specifically interactions with large firms on SMEs' access to finance. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Aid for Nutrition: Using Innovative Financing to End Undernutrition

Focusing on the 36 countries with a high burden of undernutrition, the study examines three questions: How much funding is required to achieve the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) objectives for direct nutrition-specific interventions over the next ten years? How can this funding be allocated between domestic and external sources within the SUN framework? How can the funds which are coming from external donors be raised? More details

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Development Finance Institutions and Infrastructure: A Systematic Review of Evidence for Development Additionality

This report is a systematic review of evidence for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to see how Development Finance Institutions are performing with regards to investment in infrastructure. More details

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Executive Summary - Development Finance Institutions and Infrastructure: A Systematic Review of Evidence for Development Additionality

The executive summary of the systematic review of the evidence for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to see how Development Finance Institutions by Stephen Spratt (IDS) and Lily Ryan-Collins (Engineers without Borders). More details

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Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces? - Research Summary

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 76 (2012)

Vietnam has undergone rapid and far-reaching economic transformation. The decentralisation of certain economic powers from central to provincial government has contributed to this success. More details

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Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces?

IDS Research Report 76 (2012)

Vietnam keeps surprising the world with the speed and depth of its economic transformation. This research report suggests that the decentralisation of certain economic powers from central to provincial government has contributed to this success. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Mechanisms and Responsibilities

This paper reviews the instruments currently in use to finance renewable energy in developing countries,and considers those that have been proposed but not yet fully employed. More details

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Preference-Matching and Violent Ethnic Conflict: The Heterogeneous Impact of Fiscal Decentralisation on Local Majorities and Local Minorities

Munich Personal RePEc Archive (2012)

Fiscal decentralization is widely proposed as an efficient means to accommodate ethnic violence. Yet while most of the econometric cross-country studies supports this view, case studies offer mixed results. The main argument in favour of fiscal decentralization is that by politically and fiscally empowering the local communities, these are enabled to allocate public spending in a way that is closer to their preferences. More details

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Climate Finance: a tool-kit for assessing climate mitigation and adaptation funding mechanisms

The aim of this paper is to understand the changing landscape of climate finance and suggest a portfolio of mechanisms which would move us closer to the level of financing required to meet mitigation and adaptation costs in developing countries. More details

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Plateaus not Summits: Reforming Public Financial Management in Africa

Public Administration and Development 31.3 (2011)
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The Economics of Terrorism from a Policy-Makers Perspective

Defence and Peace Economics 22.2 (2011)

This paper introduces a brief framework on the political decision-making process in the context of terrorism. More details

Climate Finance in Bangladesh: Ongoing Challenges

A discussion of the challenges to implementation of action on climate change for donors, for Government and for civil society which arise from funding, monitoring and planning constraints. More details

Climate Finance in Bangladesh: Lessons for Development Cooperation and Climate Finance at National Level

As a key player, the European Union (EU) has stepped up and climate change has become an increasingly important component of its development cooperation effort. It has contributed most of the committed Fast Start Funds. More details

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Why it Worked: Critical Success Factors of a Financial Reform Project in Africa

Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP 11-019 (2011)