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Jennifer Constantine - Policy Engagement and Research Consultant


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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.

The RPID Programme aims to provide high-level guidance on key debates in international development policy and on how IDS and its partner organisations can best influence these debates through research and other activittes.

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The Development Studies Learning Partnership was created under the BRICS Initiative in 2011, and enables collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policy-makers.

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IDS and Food Foundation partner with Brazilian researchers to explore mutual learning on food and nutrition security policy, bringing together parliamentarians, civil society and policy actors to discuss best practice.

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Non-IDS publication

From Policy Transfer to Mutual Learning? Political Recognition, Power and Process in the Emerging Landscape of International Development Cooperation

Revista Novos Estudos 107 36.1 (2017)

This paper explores the implications of this for international policy diffusion in the age of "universal" development envisaged by the UN's Agenda 2030. More details

IDS Policy Briefing 123 Front Cover

Towards Mutual Learning with the Rising Powers

IDS Policy Briefing 123 (2016)

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. More details

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Building Mutual Learning between the Rising Powers

IDS Evidence Report 202 (2016)

This Evidence Report provides a summary account of the Mutual Learning research initiative at the Institute of Development Studies, carried out from 2012 to 2014 as part of the Rising Powers in International Development programme. More details

This is the cover to IDS Rapid Reponse Briefing 9, 'Understanding The Rising Powers' Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals'.

Understanding The Rising Powers' Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 9 (2015)

Rising powers such as Brazil, India and China have been criticised for being obstructive in the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. More details

Thematic Expertise:
BRICS and Rising Powers.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development; Rising Powers in International Development.

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