Cluster

Business, Markets and the State

The debate on business, markets and states in development has a long history, marked by enormous controversy. Many problems of underdevelopment result from market failures, and often business has contributed to these failures, leading to a backlash against markets and against business.

More recently, there has been recognition that business and markets have a major impact on human development and the natural environment, with new market-focused solutions, initiatives and partnerships emerging. However, there are big knowledge gaps.

This IDS cluster investigates how and under what conditions businesses and market systems enable or constrain pathways that deliver development and curb inequalities, and the role of the state in these processes, and is currently developing its programme of work through the IDS Business and Development Centre.

IDS Business and Development Centre

With a focus on priorities for research and practical action, the Business and Development Centre will generate new evidence on:

  • impacts of business and markets on development and inequality
  • most effective areas for business and markets to play a positive role
  • the role of states regulators, enablers and partners.

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Key contacts

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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

j.thorpe@ids.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 915732

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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

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Seife Ayele

Research Fellow

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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

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Evert-Jan Quak

Research Officer

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Amrita Saha

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

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Peter O’Flynn

Research Officer

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Spencer Henson

Professorial Fellow

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Edward Jackson

Honorary Associate

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Richard Jolly

Research Associate

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Raphael Kaplinsky

Emeritus Fellow

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Philip Mader

Research Fellow

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Lizbeth Navas-Aleman

Honorary Associate

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Ana Pueyo

Research Fellow

Martin Gardner

Project Support Officer

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Giel Ton

Research Fellow

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Dirk Willenbockel

Research Fellow

Projects

Project

Linking Participation and Economic Advancement

In this project, IDS will draw upon and expand its rich experience at the forefront of thinking about participation in development, and our emerging work at the intersection of participation and markets. We will co-create along with the Economic Advancement Program (EAP) at the Open Society...

Project

Accountability for Health Equity Programme

Since the publication of the 2004 World Development Report a range of different attempts have been made to make the design, prioritisation and delivery of health services more accountable to different stakeholders. However, complex politics and power dynamics can limit or skew people's abilities...

Project

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

Project

Policy Instruments and Public-Private Collaborations

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...

Recent work

Journal

Youth Employment and the Private Sector in Africa

Published by IDS

Globally, governments, development agencies, and inter-governmental institutions have invested heavily in skills-building interventions seeking to enhance the employability of youths. However, policy actors are becoming more aware of the shortcomings of skills-building interventions, and...

28 November 2018

News

Tackle underemployment AND unemployment in Africa argues IDS Bulletin

As 12 million young people enter the African labour force each year, there are only 3 million new jobs for them (pdf). The major challenge is not just about creating enough jobs for them, but on creating ‘decent’ jobs, argues the new IDS bulletin. https://youtu.be/Lb-xvl7DUhg The...

28 November 2018

Opinion

Time to share the costs of participation in impact investing

Earlier blogs in this series have addressed how the long-term success and sustainability of impact investing can be strengthened though increased participation and voice of investee enterprises, their employers, suppliers and consumers. However, these groups face costs that constrain their...

9 October 2018