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Jodie Thorpe - Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

Business, Markets and the State; Rural Futures
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Jodie Thorpe is a Research Fellow in the Business and Development Centre, with over 15 years' experience in research and advisory work. With a background in political science, her interests and current projects include public-private partnerships in agriculture, inclusive business, making markets work for the poor approaches and systemic change in business and development initiatives. She is interested in generating solid evidence and practical solutions that influence business leaders and policy-makers towards sustainable development.

Prior to joining IDS, Jodie was a Private Sector Adviser at Oxfam GB, undertaking research and analysis, developing policy positions and lobbying companies and governments on business and poverty issues, particularly related to agricultural investment and markets, small-scale farmers, climate change and natural resource use. She was also a Director at SustainAbility, a global think-tank and strategy consultancy on business risk and opportunities for sustainable development.

Jodie led the Emerging Economies programme and advised companies and organisations including Anglo American, Aracruz Celulose, Banco Real, Ford, Hindustan Unilever, the International Finance Corporation, Natura, Nestle, Tata Power and WWF.

Jodie holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Comparative Politics (Latin America) from the London School of Economics.

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The kind of challenges that the food and agriculture sector is faced with increasingly asks for approaches that can engage effectively with related complexities. Much is invested in multi-stakeholder platforms as they hold a potential for playing an important role in doing so. However, there is a great need to assess their contribution to inclusive and sustainable development, and to assess what makes for effective platforms.

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The collaboration will assess policy approaches to economic inclusion of highly marginalised populations (displaced, indigenous, Afro-Colombian, extremely poor) in agricultural value chains in Colombia. It will focus on a key policy instrument – public-private partnerships – and on approaches that support stabilisation in post-conflict regions.

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The BEAM Exchange is a global knowledge exchange facility for market systems practitioners. It supports development programmes and private sector initiatives that fight poverty by working with businesses, governments and others to transform markets so they work better for poor people.

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The project aims to help reduce undernutrition by informing policy and providing tools to make food and agricultural systems more ‘nutrition-sensitive’.

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Pathways to Inclusive Development through Innovation, Technology and Change is developing a framework to analyse alternative pathways that link different forms of technological innovation, and evaluate resulting structural change and inclusion outcomes in low-income countries.

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Studies have shown that it is often wealthier people in a community who benefit from market approaches to combatting poverty – men more than women, non-disabled more than disabled. So how and to what extent can market-based solutions improve the lives of extremely poor people?

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There is much we still need to learn about the structure and process of business and the state interactions with regards to specific and general development issues. This project therefore aims to assess the state of play in research on state-business relations in developing countries, and outline a research agenda which builds on this foundation towards better understanding of the role of state-business relations in shaping development outcomes, including but also beyond economic growth.

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The next World Social Science Report due to be published in 2016 will focus on the critical contemporary issues of inequalities and justice.

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Market systems programmes are increasingly recognising the important role that women play in market activity and including women’s economic empowerment and gender equality objectives. However, unpaid care work is a significant and regularly overlooked factor which affects women’s economic, political and social activities.

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This IDS led project aims to evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, and also the UK, with Kenya and South Africa and the consequences of these changes.

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This research will identify the key factors driving the effectivness of public-private partnerships (PPPs) at bringing sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers at scale and delivering positive development outcomes across rural communities.

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This consultancy examines best practices both operationally and in the literature surrounding business models from the view point of inclusivity of smallholder farmers

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A Typology of Market-based Approaches to Include the Most Marginalised

Grey Literature (2017)

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in the role that markets and the private sector play in development, and interest to understand how development actors may most effectively support ‘inclusive economies’. What is missing, however, is a systematic analysis of what it takes for market-based approaches to include the most marginalised e.g. those with disability. More details

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State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

IDS Evidence Report 215 (2016)

The signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have called on a wide range of businesses ‘to apply their creativity and innovation’ to address sustainable development challenges. Yet the role of business in contributing to development depends profoundly on its interaction with the state. This paper asks how states and businesses interact in different contexts to shape development outcomes. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Understanding Unpaid Care Work to Empower Women in Market Systems Approaches

Interventions designed to support women to participate in productive or paid work – either as business owners or employees – are often based on assumptions around the elasticity of women’s time. More details

This is the IFAD/IDS Report, 'Brokering Development: Enabling Factors for Public-Private-Producer Partnerships in Agricultural Value Chains'.

Brokering Development: Enabling Factors for Public-Private-Producer Partnerships in Agricultural Value Chains

IDS-IFAD Report (2015)

Markets are central to agriculture and rural development. Making markets, value chains and the systems that support them work better for the poor has therefore become a central aim of many donors, governments and nongovernmental organisations. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin Vol 46.3, 'Business, State and Society: Changing Perspectives, Roles and Approaches in Development'.

Business, State and Society: Changing Perspectives, Roles and Approaches

IDS Bulletin 46.3 (2015)

The debate on the role of business and markets in development has a long history, marked by divergent and strongly held perspectives, but also shifts in dominant thinking about what is feasible and desirable. While only two decades ago debates were about the state vs the market, there is currently broad consensus that both are essential. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade; Disability and Development; Innovation and Value Chains; Reducing Inequalities.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; Brazil; India; Myanmar; South Africa.