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Stephen Spratt, IDS Research Fellow

Stephen Spratt - Research Fellow

Globalisation
T: +44 (0)1273 915799
E: s.spratt@ids.ac.uk

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Administrator:
Charlotte Huggett

Thematic Expertise:
Business; Climate Change; Low-carbon Development; COP18; Financial Crisis; Economy and Finance; Trade and Growth; Globalisation; Green Transformation.

Dr Stephen Spratt's research interests relate to development finance, financial sector reform and regulation, socially responsible investment (SRI), the emerging climate change financing architecture and the intersection between these issues.

Professionally, he has been Head of the Sustainable Markets Group at IIED, Research Director at the New Economics Foundation and a Lecturer in international finance and development at the University of Reading. He has also worked in the private sector in the City of London, as Head of Research at Intelligence Capital Limited, Senior Investment analyst with Global Asset Management Limited and a Visiting Fellow in the Global Research Department at State Street Bank & Trust.

Stephen holds a BA from the University of East Anglia, an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a DPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

This project, funded by Action Against Hunger (AAH) includes a literature review of effectiveness of current nutrition spending, with a focus on which activities (and composition of activities) are required to meet 2015 targets and how these are currently defined by different donors.

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Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Mechanisms and Responsibilities is a background paper that has been prepared for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2012.

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This project seeks to develop a new Green Growth Diagnostics methodology and apply it to two African countries: Kenya and Ghana. These countries are the research hubs of East and West Africa and we believe that they offer a good opportunity to test our methodology in advance to their wider application to other African countries and beyond the African continent.

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This 5 year research consortium aims to build a stronger evidence base for those seeking to develop more effective and legitimate institutions that deliver improved outcomes for poor people.

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This project investigates whether and how coalitions of public, private and civic actors influence low carbon investment.

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This project is part of an accountable grant provided to IDS by DFID to analyse the factors and policies that increase benefits of renewable electricity provision for the poor and support the design of interventions that take these into account

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The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

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The purpose of this review is to inform Development Finance Institution (DFI) policy so as to improve the development outcomes resulting from their engagement in the infrastructure sectors of low income countries.

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Tomorrow Today is a horizon scanning programme designed to support the preliminary but systematic exploration of new and emergent policy issues.

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Systematic review funded by 3ie to look at the existing evidence on what the effects of free trade zones on employment and wages

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This is the cover for IDS Working Paper 440, 'Understanding and Enhancing the Role of Business in International Development: A Conceptual Framework and Agenda for Research'.

Understanding and Enhancing the Role of Business in International Development: A Conceptual Framework and Agenda for Research

It is now commonplace for development policy makers to refer to the contributions of businesses to the achievement of development goals and the importance of collaborations between businesses and development agencies. More details

Non-IDS publication

How Does Financial Regulation in Low-Income Countries Affect Growth and Financial Stability?

Without effective regulation, financial systems can become unstable, triggering crises that can devastate the real economy. However, there is another side to regulation. The primary purpose of finance is to facilitate productive economic activity. The avoidance of crises creates the foundation for this, but does not guarantee it is done well: financial regulation has a profound effect on the ability of the financial system to perform this function. More details

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Environmental Taxation and Development: A Scoping Study

This paper reviews the potential of one type of mechanism to address both goals simultaneously: environmental taxation. More details

Non-IDS publication

Aid for Nutrition: Maximising the Impact of Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions

This paper develops a diagnostic framework to help prioritise nutrition-sensitive interventions in a situation where evidence is both limited and unevenly distributed. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Development Finance Institutions and Infrastructure: Findings from a Systematic Review of Evidence for Development Additionality

By leveraging private investment, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) aim to reduce the infrastructure financing gap in the developing world. This article summarises the findings of a Systematic Review of the evidence on the development impact of DFI support for private participation in infrastructure. More details

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What is Business and Development? An Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography provides an exhaustive collection of resources on the topic of Business and Development. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Mobilising Investment for Inclusive Green Growth in Low-Income Countries

Low income countries (LICs) require very large investments if they are to move to a trajectory of inclusive green growth. The most important sector for inclusive green growth is energy, both in terms of increasing generation from renewable sources, and improving the efficiency with which energy is used. This paper explores how additional private investment can be attracted into the energy sectors of LICs in both these areas at the scale and in the form needed. More details

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What Next for the BRICS Bank?

A new development bank to be created by the 'Rising Powers' of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) is intended to promote greater cooperation between developing countries, and address what is seen by many as a history of misguidance and underinvestment by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). More details

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Food Price Volatility and Financial Speculation

Understanding better the relationship between financial markets and food price volatility is the motivation for this paper. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Aid for Nutrition: Using Innovative Financing to End Undernutrition

Focusing on the 36 countries with a high burden of undernutrition, the study examines three questions: How much funding is required to achieve the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) objectives for direct nutrition-specific interventions over the next ten years? How can this funding be allocated between domestic and external sources within the SUN framework? How can the funds which are coming from external donors be raised? More details

IDS publications on international development research

Development Finance Institutions and Infrastructure: A Systematic Review of Evidence for Development Additionality

This report is a systematic review of evidence for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to see how Development Finance Institutions are performing with regards to investment in infrastructure. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Executive Summary - Development Finance Institutions and Infrastructure: A Systematic Review of Evidence for Development Additionality

The executive summary of the systematic review of the evidence for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to see how Development Finance Institutions by Stephen Spratt (IDS) and Lily Ryan-Collins (Engineers without Borders). More details

IDS publications on international development research

Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Mechanisms and Responsibilities

This paper reviews the instruments currently in use to finance renewable energy in developing countries,and considers those that have been proposed but not yet fully employed. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Climate Finance: a tool-kit for assessing climate mitigation and adaptation funding mechanisms

The aim of this paper is to understand the changing landscape of climate finance and suggest a portfolio of mechanisms which would move us closer to the level of financing required to meet mitigation and adaptation costs in developing countries. More details

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