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Impact

Stories of impact

Understanding and strengthening women’s roles in politics and work

A dynamic example was the recent work on women’s political engagement in Pakistan led by the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) international research programme. A4EA as a whole seeks to further understanding about empowerment and accountability for people who live in fragile, conflict-affected and violent settings.

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Exploring how to improve wellbeing for urban refugees and their hosts

Three projects at IDS on refugees in urban situations are producing evidence for policymakers, informing practitioners and engaging the public. Their output contributes to Global Goal 16 (peaceful societies, inclusive and accountable institutions) and 11 (safe, secure and inclusive cities).

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Mutual learning and accountability for universal health coverage

Members of the IDS Health and Nutrition Cluster, as co-hosts of the Health Systems Global (HSG) secretariat, have, since 2016, played a central role in coordinating and managing HSG’s growing global membership of more than 1,800 members in 120 countries. The Cluster was at the forefront of the highly successful HSR2018 – the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research – in Liverpool in October 2018.

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Bringing much-needed rigour to debates on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Building on IDS’ established record of work with its Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, the Institute is at the forefront of efforts to produce a strong evidence base to assess the realities of the BRI’s impact on development. In March, Melissa Leach highlighted this point during a high-level Wilton Park event which was supported by DFID and IDS.

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Building capacity to ensure smart, sustainable and inclusive cities

In January 2018, IDS began a three-year collaboration with four cities to test the effectiveness of various solutions with a view to building the technical and institutional capacity of those implementing them. The Capacity Building for Smart Data and Inclusive Cities (SDIC) project involves India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs and municipal authorities in two northern cities (Bhopal and Jabalpur) and two southern cities (Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi).

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Generating new insights on agriculture as a pathway from poverty in Africa

The contribution of market-based agriculture to improving incomes and reducing poverty and inequality is a key thematic focus for the five-year, DFID-funded Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)programme. The programme involves more than 20 multi-country studies that build on a decade of work by the Future Agricultures Consortium, coordinated by IDS.

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Award for IDS-led action research for peace-building in Myanmar

In 2018, IDS and partners won a US government award for a community-led peace-building process in Myanmar that uses a participatory approach developed by an IDS fellow. Thousands of people have benefited from the process and the award has attracted more funding for this type of programme.

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G20 Summit briefings and Think20 Africa membership for CRPD

The Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CRPD) at IDS is a well-renowned source of expertise on South– South cooperation for addressing global challenges. Its ongoing contributions to high-level policymaking have led to the Centre being asked to join the influential Think20 Africa Standing Group.

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Strengthening learning and changing behaviour for better rural sanitation

Millions of people in the developing world currently suffer the consequences of inadequate or no sanitation and poor hygiene. It’s a situation targeted by one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and is particularly prevalent in India – making it a focus for IDS’s Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Knowledge Hub. Based at IDS, the Knowledge Hub works with partners around the world to ensure that CLTS goes to scale with quality and in a sustainable, inclusive manner.

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Informing alternative policy approaches in the ‘war’ on illicit crops

IDS has produced vital new evidence to show how land property rights could be an effective policy tool in the fight against illicit crop production in Colombia, one of the world’s largest producers of coca.

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More funding for prizewinning STEPS Centre’s sustainability work

The STEPS Centre, co-hosted by IDS and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, has been awarded another four years of ‘transition funding’ in recognition of the value and impact of its work in helping to shape climate and sustainability policy processes.

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Working to align policy on antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage

Antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage both dominate global health debates but far too little attention is paid to the links between them. IDS’ Health and Nutrition cluster is making influential contributions to integrate the two agendas, globally and regionally, through workshops, publications and meetings.

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Making research evidence central to the global movement to end child poverty

IDS is committed to putting research evidence at the heart of efforts to influence policy and practice. In 2017, this commitment could be seen in IDS’ active membership of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and in the impacts that followed.

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Building capacity and growing networks with global leaders in nutrition

In July 2017, for the sixth consecutive year, we ran our Transform Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes short course. Over the past year, the course and the growing global network around it have helped to build participants’ capacity and ability to influence change.

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Shaping UK development policies on SDGs, population and fertility

IDS leads the consortium implementing the Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme.  At the end of its first full year of implementation, the programme had delivered more than 260 helpdesk reports in response to requests from DFID advisers on a range of topics; and initiated or completed 16 learning journeys on a range of cutting edge global themes, including ‘leave no one behind’, improving data systems, gender, scaling up complex social change programmes, and delivering essential services in protracted crises.

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Using Open Knowledge to improve development outcomes

IDS is a global leader in knowledge mobilisation for development. This impact story illustrates how our Global Open Knowledge Hub has led to increased efficiency, better sharing and reduced duplication in the sharing of knowledge; increased visibility, use and ultimately impact of research evidence in policy and practice; and increased opportunities for innovation in the presentation of knowledge to make it more appropriate and engaging for audiences in different contexts.

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A ‘real-time’ and anthropological response to the Ebola crisis

The Ebola epidemic that began in the Guinea-Sierra Leone-Liberia border region in December 2013 spread fast through the villages, cities and trade routes of this highly-peopled, economically unequal region. The initial international response by donor and humanitarian agencies faced resistance from many communities because it failed to take account of local customs and practices such as burials.

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Making ‘leave no-one behind’ a reality

The Participate Initiative wanted to shape a different process around the creation of the SDGs. It was established in 2012 and was initially co-convened by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Beyond 2015, a global civil society movement with over 1500 organisational members in 152 countries. It was funded by the UK Government.Read more