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Jennifer Leavy - Research Officer

Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Children and Youth; Poverty; Poverty Inequality and Wellbeing; Social Protection; Social Protection; Work and Labour.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; South East Asia; Sub Saharan Africa.

Dr Jennifer Leavy is no longer at IDS but now works for the UEA. As an economist whose research focuses on the intersection of economic, social and cultural life in the context of rural livelihoods, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, she has 20 years' experience in research, consultancy and advisory work in environment, agriculture and development.

Her research encompasses: work and labour; youth aspirations; poverty, inequality and vulnerability; social networks; markets and institutions; social protection. She has an MSc in Agricultural Economics, and a PhD in Economics examining social networks and economic life in rural Zambia, drawing on anthropological and sociological approaches to markets.

Jennifer's expertise includes: social network analysis; combining quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods in research and analysis; econometrics; fieldwork and survey design; household survey data analysis; applied microeconomics and quantitative development economics; research, policy advice and evaluation work in livelihoods, institutions and poverty; workshop facilitation; teaching. Jennifer is a Research Officer in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team, and co-convenes the Future Agricultures Consortium Young People and Agri-Food Theme.

The DFID funded Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa. Through a network of over 90 researchers across the region and around the world, we are showing how agricultural policy in Africa can help to reduce poverty and strengthen agricultural growth.

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This Independent Impact Evaluation aims to measure the impact of Tilitonse, formerly the Civil Society Governance Fund, in Malawi. It is a challenging area for impact evaluation as the anticipated 'impacts' are likely to require a shift in power relations, and are likely to be transformative over a longer period of time.

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Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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The HRCI aims to make the extent of political commitment to hunger reduction, among both developing and developed countries, more transparent to all.

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The Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at IDS are currently working on this large scale study, which provides an opportunity to carry out work systematically on under-researched aspects of social protection delivery and impact.

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IDS were commissioned by the UN to carry out background research to produce the UN Secretary-General's second report on the impacts of the ongoing economic crisis on vulnerable populations in developing countries.

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This is the cover for IDS Working Paper 439, 'Who Wants to Farm? Youth Aspirations, Opportunities and Rising Food Prices'.

Who Wants to Farm? Youth Aspirations, Opportunities and Rising Food Prices

Who wants to farm? In an era of land grabs and environmental uncertainty, improving smallholder productivity has become a higher priority on the poverty and food security agenda in development, focusing attention on the next generation of farmers. More details

This is the image for IDS Working Paper 431, 'Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection Programmes'.

Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection Programmes

The evidence base on social protection programmes is expanding rapidly, largely pointing towards their positive impacts. More details

This is the cover for Participate publication, 'What Matters Most?'.

What Matters Most? Evidence from 84 Participatory Studies with Those Living with Extreme Poverty and Marginalisation

This Participate report draws on the experiences and views of people living in extreme poverty and marginalisation in 107 countries. More details

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Young People and Agriculture in Africa

The articles in this IDS Bulletin are drawn from the conference on 'Young People, Farming and Food' in Accra, Ghana. This conference examined how young people engage with the agri-food sector in Africa and how research findings were being integrated into policy processes. More details

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Realising the Potential of Adaptive Social Protection

The concept of Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) – an approach that promotes greater integration between Social Protection, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction to make a meaningful contribution towards sustainable development – is well understood. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Small Farm Commercialisation in Africa: Reviewing the Issues

Small farmers in Africa have long been engaged with markets. Whenever villages have been connected to urban or overseas markets, smallholders have produced surpluses for them at times prompting remarkable transformations in rural economies. More details

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Young People and Policy Narratives in Sub-Saharan Africa

The argument developed is that over a number of key policy areas, youth and the issues and challenges associated with them, are often the objects of negative framings. More details

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Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices

Young people constitute a high and increasing proportion of the African population, with around 70 percent of the continent’s total population currently under the age of 30. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Quantitative Methods in Contexts of Everyday Violence

Published as an IDS Bulletin, this article reflects on an innovative methodology adopted to capture the experience of living with violence in communities in Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico and Nigeria More details

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Connecting Social Protection and Climate Change Adaptation

By exploring linkages between climate change adaptation and social protection in the agricultural sector, IDS researchers have developed the concept of ‘adaptive social protection’. More details

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Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Protection: Complementary Roles in Agriculture and Rural Growth?

This study examines the opportunities for linking social protection, CCA and DRR in the context of agriculture and rural growth, exploring whether linking these three approaches together will help enhance resilience to shocks and stresses in agriculture-dependent rural communities. The study does this by (i) reviewing conceptual and policy-related similarities and differences between the three disciplines, by (ii) collecting evidence from case studies where climate changeresilient social protection approaches have been trialled and by (iii) developing an adaptive social protection framework that highlight opportunities better coordination. More details

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Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Protection: Complementary Roles in Agriculture and Rural Growth

Reliance on subsistence agriculture means the impact of stresses and shocks (such as droughts or floods) are felt keenly by rural poor people, who depend directly on food system outcomes for their survival, with profound implications for the security of their livelihoods and welfare. More details

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Rural Disaster Risk-poverty Interface

The majority of the world’s poorest people live and work in rural areas. The 2008 World Bank World Development Report ‘Agriculture for Development’ puts the figure at 75%. More details

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