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Agriculture is a key pathway out of poverty. Getting growth moving through different types of agriculture in ways that benefit poor people is a major policy priority. However, while many of the technical problems and solutions are well known, previous efforts have been found wanting.

IDS research aims to revitalise the debate on agriculture. Our focuses are on the politics of policy processes surrounding agricultural development, particularly in Africa. Through context sensitive research in a diversity of settings, we aim to explore new pathways for sustainable agriculture which benefit the poor and marginalised.

Work on agriculture involves a number of IDS teams and is conducted with partners worldwide.

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Women in Local Peacebuilding Research

Documenting the role of women in local peacebuilding, conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More details

Youth in Fragile Settings

This project aims to build an evidence base that maps the role young people – particularly young women – have played in contributing to processes that sought to or did address fragility as well as examine gaps and challenges with the ultimate aim of increasing the voice and participation of young people around the world. More details

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IDS publications on international development research

Making Women Development Fund More Care-Responsive

This note discusses the main findings of research into the care-sensitivity of the Women Development Fund. The fund was established by the Government of Tanzania in 1992 to support the economic empowerment of women, and especially rural women. More details

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Oxfam’s Food Security for Tanzania Farmers Programme: Guidelines for Achieving the Double Boon

This note discusses the main findings of the research into the care-sensitivity of the Oxfam Food Security for Tanzania Farmers programme (2012–15). More details

This is the front cover to IDS Working paper 500, 'A Trapeze Act: Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work by Women in Nepal'.

A Trapeze Act: Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work by Women in Nepal

IDS Working Paper 500 (2017)

This working paper seeks to examine the relationship between unpaid care work and paid work that women in low-income households in Nepal perform, and whether, and if so how, they are able to maintain a balance between the two. More details

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'My Mother Does a Lot of Work': Women Balancing Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Tanzania

This report presents the findings of research into women's economic empowerment programmes conducted in Tanzania as part of the ‘Balancing unpaid care work and paid work' project. More details

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‘My Work Never Ends’: Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in India

A study of two Women's Economic Empowerment programmes in India: the state-run Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the non-state Self Employed Women’s Association in Madhya Pradesh (SEWA MP). More details

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‘You Cannot Live Without Money’: Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in Rwanda

Following a survey of women in Rwanda about the balance between their paid and unpaid work commitments, this report argues that despite men being encouraged to become more involved in care activities, there is a need for advocacy at the household level about sharing care activities. More details

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A Trapeze Act: Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in Nepal

Research discussed in this report looks at two Women's Economic Empowerment programmes in Nepal and makes recommendations at state, non-state, market, community and family levels. More details

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'My Mother Does a Lot of Work': Women Balancing Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Tanzania

This report presents the findings of research conducted in Tanzania as part of the ‘Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women’s economic empowerment programmes and policies’ research project. More details

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‘My Work Never Ends’: Women’s Experiences of Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work through WEE Programming in India

IDS Working Paper 494 (2017)

This paper seeks to lay bare the contours and consequences of the relationship between paid work and unpaid care work for women in low-income households, in order to better understand the relationship between women’s participation in paid work and ‘economic empowerment’. More details

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‘How Can It Be a Problem If You Need Them Both?’ Women Juggling Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Tanzania

IDS Working Paper 495 (2017)

This paper summarises the findings of mixed-methods research that was carried out in Tanzania as part of the ‘Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work: Successes, Challenges and Lessons for Women’s Economic Empowerment Programmes and Policies’ research project (2015–17). It reflects the voices and experiences of women and their household members participating in women’s economic empowerment (WEE) programmes across four sites in the rural districts of Korogwe and Lushoto in Tanga region. More details

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ActionAid’s Food Security and Economic Empowerment Programme in Muko Sector, Northern Rwanda: Guidelines for Achieving the Double Boon

ActionAid Rwanda's programme Improving Food Security and Economic Opportunities for Women project in Muko sector is examined to see how it has contributed to heightened economic empowerment amongst female beneficiaries and whether it may have promoted a ‘double boon’; that is, paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. More details

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Making Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme Public Works Care-Responsive

This note examines how Rwanda's Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme Public Works can avoid a ‘double burden’ on working women and instead generate a ‘double boon’ by providing paid work that empowers women and supports their unpaid care work responsibilities. More details

This is the Front Cover of Frontiers 10 Equality and Non-discrimination (EQND) in sanitation programmes at scale (part 1 of 2)

Equality and Non-Discrimination (EQND) in Sanitation Programmes at Scale (Part 1 of 2)

Frontiers of CLTS 10 (2017)

A well-facilitated Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme that pro-actively considers and involves people who might be disadvantaged has been shown to have many benefits. This issue of Frontiers of CLTS looks at who should be considered potentially disadvantaged, how they can effectively participate and what may be needed to address diverse needs in order to make processes and outcomes sustainable and inclusive. More details

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Learning from 30 years of the Self Employed Women’s Association in Madhya Pradesh (SEWA MP)

This Programmatic Note examines the work of SEWA in Madhya Pradesh, India, to understand how women's economic empowerment policy and programming can generate a 'double boon' – paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. More details

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‘You Cannot Live Without Money’: Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in Rwanda

This report details the findings of research into women's economic empowerment programmes in Rwanda, and outlines recommendations for future policy and programming. More details

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in Gaza

This working paper presents the findings of a research project on the protection of women against violence in the context of urban humanitarian crises. More details

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Making Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) More Care-Responsive

This examines the Indian programme MGNREGA in two districts in Rajasthan in order to understand how women's economic empowerment policy and programming can generate a 'double boon' - paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. More details

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Automation, Women, and the Future of Work

Impact Initiative Rapid Response Briefing 1 (2017)

Will women benefit from the rapid automation and digitisation that is set to change the world of work as we know it? How can we ensure that women’s economic interests are brought into focus, and that debates on the future of work are not about the changing relationship between man and machine, but between people and machine? More details

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Participatory statistics to measure prevalence in bonded labour hotspots in Nepal: Report on findings of the baseline study

Forced labour of adults and children in the agricultural sector in Nepal is a well-documented problem. This report details a baseline study of bonded labour in three districts in South East Nepal with documented evidence of adults and children working through a system of agricultural bonded labour known as Harwa-Charwa. More details

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The Role of Social and Political Action in Advancing Women’s Rights, Empowerment, and Accountability to Women

IDS Working Paper 488 (2017)

Through the lens of four case studies focused on women’s political participation (Palestine and Sierra Leone), and the passage of domestic violence law (Brazil and South Africa), this paper looks at the role of social and political action in advancing women’s rights. More details

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Still rising: women’s movements in a changing world

06 Nov 2017
By Dinah Musindarwezo, Zohra Moosa, Lee Webster

Women’s votes matter: unpacking gender politics in Pakistan

20 Jul 2017
By Ali Cheema, Asad Liaqat, Shandana Khan Mohmand

Beyond the paid economy: unpaid care work and women’s empowerment

26 Apr 2017
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

Prohibition, Indian-style

29 Mar 2017
By Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda
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