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Jennifer Leavy - Research Officer


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.

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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To develop an innovative methodology that rigorously engages with the views, experiences and perceptions of cash transfer programme beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, and also explores the wider social and political impacts of social cash transfer programmes.

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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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This is the front cover of MAVC Working Paper How Useful are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency and Accountability?

How Useful are RCTs in Evaluating Transparency and Accountability?

A paper published by the Research, Evidence and Learning component of Making All Voices Count sheds light on existing evidence about the Random Controlled Trials (RCTs) in the evaluation of social accountability tools in service delivery. Where and under what conditions might RCTs be the most appropriate approach? What other evaluation approaches would be more effective, more robust, given the particular characteristics of T&A programmes? More details

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

IDS Working Paper 439 (2014)

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

IDS Working Paper 431 (2013)

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

IDS Bulletin 43.6 (2012)

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

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

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