New Flagship Programmes

10 May 2012

IDS has launched six multi-year programmes to deliver new policy solutions to key development challenges to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people. The programmes span nutrition, gender, violence, energy, emerging powers and sexuality.

Panos: Mads Nissen. Women queue to get travel subsidies to attend sexual and pre-natal health classes that they are entitled to

The programmes draw upon IDS' expertise on governance, gender, politics, power and inclusion. All six of the Institute's research teams and IDS Knowledge Services will be supporting the delivery of the programmes over the next four years. IDS' approach is driven by its 2010-2015 strategy with its commitment to building new alliances, linking different perspectives and innovating in communications and research uptake.

The new programmes are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which invests in partnerships that provide new ideas and perspectives, and develop fresh relationships and new alliances with emerging players such as the BRICS. 

IDS Director, Lawrence Haddad said: 'At IDS we believe global knowledge can lead to global change. These programmes will produce an actionable and well tested set of new policy options that will help maintain and enhance the effectiveness of DFID, IDS and other development actors. This will ultimately mean that research and policy makes a bigger difference on the ground to the lives of people living in poverty.'

The six thematic programmes are:

  • Accelerating Progress in Reducing Hunger and Undernutrition - This programme will focus on how agriculture can deliver better nutrition outcomes by developing evidence-based policy options and tools for businesses, governments, NGOs and donors...
  • Addressing and Mitigating Violence - This programme will generate practical policy options for states and citizens so they can better address and mitigate violence in both rural and urban settings...
  • Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls - The programme will look at how you can build an enabling environment for gender empowerment. It will examine the politics behind care, asking why policies that support unpaid care become institutionalised in some contexts and not others...
  • Pro-Poor Electricity Provision - This programme will develop and promote evidence-based policy and programme guidance on low carbon energy investments to benefit poor people, especially women and girls...
  • Rising Powers in International Development - Poverty reduction in low-income countries is increasingly influenced by the Emerging Powers, a category that includes the BRICS grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as regional powers such as Mexico and Indonesia...
  • Sexuality and Development - This programme will produce evidence-based, practical options for activists and policymakers for strengthening legal protection of LGBTIQ people and sexuality rights...

Photo: Panos / Mads Nissen.