IDS Policy Briefings

These briefings are based on the latest IDS research and aim to provide high quality analysis and practical recommendations for policy makers on important development issues. They replace the In Focus Policy Briefing (IFPB) series.

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Unlocking the Potential of Non-Farm Enterprises to Reduce Rural Unemployment in Ghana

IDS Policy Briefing 137 (2017)

The non-farm enterprise sector plays an important role in the rural economy in Ghana. It constitutes about 35 per cent of rural incomes and engages around 21.2 per cent of the national labour force. In rural areas it employs about 13.8 per cent. More details


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Improving Employment Opportunities for Formerly Displaced Youth in Northern Uganda

IDS Policy Briefing 140 (2017)

The national youth (persons between 18 and 30 years of age) unemployment rate in Uganda currently stands at 19.7 per cent, and a significant proportion are returned, formerly displaced youth, displaced as a result of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) civil war in the northern part of the country. More details


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Addressing the Urban Youth Employment Challenge in Ethiopia

IDS Policy Briefing 138 (2017)

Urban youth employment is a fundamental challenge that will shape Ethiopia’s present and future development. In the coming two decades, the urban population is expected to triple from the current 19 per cent. More details


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Towards Secure and Decent Work for Migrant Youth in Ghana

IDS Policy Briefing 132 (2017)

Poverty and poor livelihood prospects are driving tens of thousands of young people from rural northern regions to southern cities in Ghana in the hope of achieving better jobs and greater social mobility. More details


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A New Framework for Diversified Work Opportunities for Kenyan Youth

IDS Policy Briefing 134 (2017)

As the number of educated unemployed youth in Kenya increases, most are responding to the unemployment challenge by diversifying their livelihood options in multiple ways that are unique to their abilities and circumstances. More details


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Accelerating Progress towards Achieving Productive Youth Employment and Decent Work

IDS Policy Briefing 136 (2017)

Realising full, productive employment and decent work for all features prominently among the Sustainable Development Goals. In many developing countries, especially in Africa and South Asia, youth constitute nearly a third of the population. More details


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Why Youth Aspirations and Family Circumstances Matter for Entrepreneurship Interventions

IDS Policy Briefing 131 (2017)

Over the last decade the Government of Tanzania has invested in entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and poverty. It has developed various national policies and guidelines alongside entrepreneurship programmes in partnership with development actors and financial institutions, particularly for youth from poor backgrounds. More details


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Creating Nigerian Graduate Entrepreneurs through Strengthened Mentorship Programmes

IDS Policy Briefing 139 (2017)

The success of attempts to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice among new graduates in Nigeria has been limited. More details


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Strengthening Kenya’s Youth Enterprise Development Fund to Serve Young People

IDS Policy Briefing 133 (2017)

Kenya’s Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) was introduced to support self-employment and entrepreneurship, and to ultimately generate wealth and create jobs for young people. More details


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Increasing Youth Participation in Livestock Production in Kenya

IDS Policy Briefing 135 (2017)

Agriculture is a primary source of employment in Kenya. Most employment takes the form of smallholder crop and livestock farming, either as a main or supplementary livelihood activity. More details


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What are the Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-level Advocacy for Nutrition?

IDS Policy Briefing 129 (2017)

Over the last decade, policy advocacy has made critical contributions towards the development of nutrition policies, laws and strategies in many countries with high burdens of malnutrition. More details


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Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities That Leave No One Behind

IDS Policy Briefing 128 (2016)

Half of humanity now lives in urban areas, and a growing number of cities are leading the way in generating global GDP. However, cities have increasingly become key loci of violence over the last 50 years, which particularly affects the most marginalised. More details


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Strengthening International Disaster Risk Reduction through Collaboration with China

IDS Policy Briefing 127 (2016)

Natural disasters hit developing countries particularly hard. Worldwide, the incidence and intensity of such disasters remain substantial. More details


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Towards Greater Effectiveness and Accountability in Impact Investing

IDS Policy Briefing 126 (2016)

Impact investing – investing for social and environmental returns alongside financial returns – is a growing phenomenon in financial markets. However, concerns exist regarding the demand for robust impact evidence and accountability for impact claims when compared to a public sector aid model. More details


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Achieving Diverse Development Goals: How can Different Goals be Pursued Together?

IDS Policy Briefing 125 (2016)

In 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to focus development policy globally. The Goals range across diverse fields of public policy from industry, finance and agriculture to education, sanitation, social protection and environmental stewardship. More details


This is the cover to IDs Policy Briefing 124, 'Delivering Social Protection that Nourishes: Lessons from the Food Price Crisis'.

Delivering Social Protection that Nourishes: Lessons from the Food Price Crisis

IDS Policy Briefing 124 (2016)

The global food crisis of 2007–11 brought about lasting changes to the relationship between the work people do and the food they eat. Real-time research conducted by IDS, Oxfam and research partners in ten focus countries has found the cost of these changes has gone uncounted. More details


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Towards Mutual Learning with the Rising Powers

IDS Policy Briefing 123 (2016)

Mutual learning is emerging as a new way of talking about the ‘how’ of development cooperation, particularly in contexts of rapid change, with countries increasingly recognising that they have much to learn from each other’s experience. More details


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Can China’s Bold New Plans Make the Difference in Pakistan?

IDS Policy Briefing 121 (2016)

Ever since the 1955 Bandung Conference of Afro-Asian states, China has been active in civil engineering projects around the world, especially in Africa, as a sign of its commitment to the world emerging from colonialism. More details


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Reducing Violence in a Time of Global Uncertainty

IDS Policy Briefing 122 (2016)

The new Sustainable Development Goal to reduce armed violence is a welcome commitment but the prescriptive nature of its approach is problematic – there is ‘no one size fits all’. Rather, focus needs to be on how violence operates in particular settings. More details


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Avenues for Donors to Promote Sexuality and Gender Justice

IDS Policy Briefing 120 (2016)

Donor agencies agree that addressing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) is not only an important human rights issue but is also integral to efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development. More details


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