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Inequalities and Poverty

IDS works with global partners to generate new knowledge and evidence to identify the underlying causes of inequalities and poverty in all their dimensions and the progressive policies and practices that can help bring about transformative change.

Eradicating extreme poverty remains one of the world’s most pressing challenges, and addressing it requires the rising economic, social and political inequalities that harm people in rich and poor countries alike to be tackled.

IDS has also played a prominent part in promoting an approach that puts power at the heart of development analysis and contributed to strengthening understanding of the relationship between power, gender, sexual rights and poverty.

We continue to provide new analysis on inequalities and poverty trends, particularly in relation to the expansion of digital technologies and their impact on the lives of the poorest and most marginalised, and the growth of global cities and what this means for both urban and rural livelihoods, social relations and sustainability. Moreover, we work with governments, civil society, businesses and many others to help ensure this analysis shapes policies and programmes such as social protection and cash transfers to reduce poverty and vulnerability and strengthen livelihoods including agriculture.

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Danny Burns

Professorial Research Fellow

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

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Patricia Justino

Professorial Fellow

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Upcoming Event

Book Launch: The Routledge Handbook of Smuggling

We are thrilled to officially launch the 'Routledge Handbook of Smuggling' with an introduction by its editors, some of its authors, and a discussion of key issues in the contemporary study of smuggling. Confirmed speakers so far Max Gallien, Research Fellow, Institute of Development...

3 May 2022

Upcoming Event

Creative praxis and working with children and young people

As part of the Rejuvenate project, we are hosting a series of grounded dialogues. We’ve just confirmed the date for our third dialogue in February, which will reflect on the use of creative praxis to further rights and participation for children and young people. Confirmed...

23 February 2022

Upcoming Event

Support Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response and recovery: call for proposals

Please join us for the launch of Covid-19 Learning, Evidence and Research Programme for Bangladesh (CLEAR) and hear about our call for proposals. CLEAR is a two-and-half year research programme led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in partnership with the BRAC Institute of...

3 February 2022

Opinion

Education, conflict and stability in South Sudan

Education as a fundamental human right is one of the key principles underpinning the Education 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 4. There is increasing research on the ways education can exacerbate conflict and contribute to peace. The IDS-led Knowledge, Evidence and Learning...

24 January 2022

Past Event

What are the priorities for realising SDG 6.2 in Ghana?

How are we doing on SDG-6 to ensure safely managed sanitation for all in Ghana? Where is progress being made, and how is this being achieved? What challenges remain? How can we accelerate efforts and reach those most in need? This webinar brings together academics, policy actors and...

20 January 2022