Inclusive Economies

Our work explores what characterises inclusive economies and how these can be achieved, particularly in a world where new technologies, rural to urban migration, and growing youth populations are disrupting and putting new pressures on people’s lives and livelihoods.

Our research looks at the impacts of business and markets on development and inequality and explores the potential for novel market-based solutions to work for the poorest and most marginalised based on gender, ethnicity and disability.  It explores alternatives that enable workers, consumers and communities to have a real voice.

It continues to revitalise debates on agriculture as a key pathway out of poverty and towards inclusion, particularly for young people. Our work is focused on identifying what opportunities exist in a period of agricultural commercialisation and rural transformation and how far different groups are able to access them.  It also understands how new technologies such as drones or blockchains pose risks, but can also be harnessed to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people.  In a rapidly urbanising world where cities have become focal points for economic growth, jobs and innovation but also for poverty, inequality, vulnerability and conflict, our work explores what this means for both urban and rural people, and the opportunities and challenges they face in living safe and fulfilling lives.

People

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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

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Philip Mader

Research Fellow

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Richard Jolly

Research Associate

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Ana Pueyo

Research Fellow

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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

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Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Research Fellow

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Giel Ton

Research Fellow

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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

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John Thompson

Research Fellow

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Jim Sumberg

Research Fellow

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Seife Ayele

Research Fellow

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Peter O’Flynn

Research Officer

Programmes and centres

Programme

Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme

Understanding the links between sexuality, gender plurality and poverty and producing practical options for activists and policymakers for strengthening legal protection of LGBTIQ people and sexuality rights.

Centre

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.

Projects

Project

Malala Fund ‘Full Force’ report research

Research for the Malala Fund ‘Full Force’ report: In the face of rapid technological change, how do we provide girls in low and middle-income countries with the digital skills, attitudes and abilities to thrive in the future labour market?

Project

Towards A More Gender-Inclusive Open Source Community

New research from the IDS Digital and Technology Cluster carried out for the Digital Impact Alliance explores the experiences of women working in open source communities that create software for the humanitarian and international development sectors. For over two decades, free and...

Project

CDC Longitudinal Development Impact Study

The CDC Group plc is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) wholly owned by the UK government. Its mission is to support the growth of businesses and infrastructure development throughout Africa and South Asia in order to create jobs and make a difference to people’s lives in some of the...

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News

Disability project led by IDS scholarship graduate wins Google Impact prize

Project Enable Africa has won 'The Google Impact Challenge Nigeria' prize in recognition of its work to promote the access of persons with disabilities and their caregivers to information and communication technologies (ICTs) skills and opportunities. The winning project is led by Project...

10 December 2018

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

Hunger-free world needs prosperous farmers

Ending hunger and securing food for all is one of the crucial United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But food security entails sustainable and sufficient production, equitable distribution and efficient consumption of nutritious food. This implies that a flourishing agriculture...

30 October 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