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Vidya Diwakar

Deputy Director, Chronic Poverty Advisory Network; Research Fellow, IDS

Vidya Diwakar is a mixed-methods researcher focused on understanding gender-disaggregated drivers of poverty escapes, and the role of armed conflict and fragility in creating poverty traps. She has authored and reviewed a range of reports, book chapters and journal articles, including as Guest Editor of a Special Issue in World Development.

Vidya has fundraised for and led a range of large multi-partner, multi-year policy-oriented research projects on poverty dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia for international organisations and bi-lateral aid agencies.



Breaking the link between ‘polycrisis’ and poverty

This year marks the halfway point— eight years in and eight years out— of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and reduce inequalities. Yet we are a long way off from these commitments, and multiple crises - now known as ‘polycrisis’ – such as conflict, disaster and...

10 March 2023


Charting pathways to zero poverty amidst complex crises

Can progress on poverty eradication be rescued? The World Bank has recently called for course correction but their fiscal recovery-focused blueprint is only part of the solution given the scale of the challenge. Instead, we need to forge a more ambitious transformative pathway to zero poverty...

Andrew Shepherd, Director, Chronic Poverty Advisory Network; Honorary Research Associate, IDS

17 October 2022