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Jennifer Constantine

Policy Engagement and Research Consultant

Jennifer Constantine is an independent research consultant affiliated to the Institute of Development Studies, where she works with the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development as a policy engagement and network development specialist.

Her research focuses on multidirectional policy learning and knowledge politics, exploring the rapid rise of countries such as the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in the changing politics of global development; examining what are the opportunities for mutual learning, and the implications for traditional and emerging development donors. Other research includes the transfer/diffusion of health and social development policy; South-South Cooperation and Triangular Development Cooperation.

Jennifer is a member of the DFID-funded Rising Powers in International Development programme (est. 2012); coordinator of the Future International Cooperation Policy Network Secretariat; and co-convenor of the IDS-Sussex Brazil Group. Before joining the RPID programme/CRPD, Jennifer worked on the IDS BRICS Initiative (2011-2012) and the IDS Development Studies Learning Partnership (2012-2014).

Jennifer is a Brazilian-British national of Armenian and British origin. She did her undergraduate degree at King’s College London and the Masters in Development Studies at IDS, University of Sussex (2010-2011). She was based in Mozambique from 2006-2010, working for the European Commission and subsequently for the UN World Food Programme. She has carried out a number of consultancies in international development for governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector in Europe, Latin America, and Southern Africa.

Jennifer is the IDS Alumni Ambassador for the UK.

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Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development

The Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development is at the forefront of research and practical analysis that helps connect governments, donors, civil society, and academia to explore new way to address global development challenges.


Rising Powers in International Development Programme

The Rising Powers in International Development programme is developing an evidence-base around the role of rising powers (including the BRICS countries) in development and will be producing practical policy guidance on effective approaches for engaging with them.




Towards Mutual Learning with the Rising Powers

IDS Policy Briefing 123

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.

1 September 2016

Jennifer Constantine’s recent work