Rapid Response

This part of the programme will focus on monitoring emerging issues and crises in real time, whilst strategising about appropriate responses. This project will produce rapid and timely briefings and policy options in relation to topical and emerging issues.

Innovation in the use of ICTs is at the centre of an on-going real-time monitoring revolution. The challenge Rapid Response addresses is how to harness this potential to inform both immediate response and longer-term policy processes relating to health and nutrition, civil violence and service provision.

The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

Drawing on the experience and expertise of IDS staff, alumni and partners, RRBs will provide research-informed perspectives, opinions and commentary from around the world on hot topics and crises, and the potential implications of these events for development policy, practice and outcomes.

Convened by Jon Gregson

Project details

start date
1 March 2013
end date
1 March 2016


Recent work


Can Digital Jobs Solve Africa’s Unemployment Crisis?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing;13

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, a figure projected to double by 2045. As young people look to enter the workforce in Africa many are likely to face unemployment or underemployment, suffering from unsafe, insecure, part-time, poorly...

2 February 2016


Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

IDS Rapid Response Briefing;12

Some people do not want to use condoms – because they want to conceive or they perceive that they are a barrier to intimacy. New medication to prevent HIV, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), could provide protection where condoms are not used.

29 January 2016


Tackling Gun Violence in India

IDS Rapid Response Briefing;11

Gun-related violence has far-reaching adverse impacts on all levels of society. In addition to murder and injury, gun violence can exacerbate cycles of highly localised urban poverty, inequality and vulnerability.

29 October 2015


Understanding Insurgent Margins in Kenya, Nigeria and Mali

IDS Rapid Response Briefing;10

In recent years, violent insurgency has gripped the margins of Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. Militant Islamist groups have attacked civilian populations, state security personnel and political-administrative officials, spreading insecurity across large areas and exploiting the mistrust between...

15 April 2015