Impact

Stories of impact

Strengthening learning and changing behaviour for better rural sanitation

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

STEPS LogoThe 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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Shaping UK development policies on SDGs, population and fertility

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.
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