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

Inclusive trade

Trade links: New rules for a new world

In this seminar, James Bacchus explains how to bring the WTO into the twenty-first century, exploring the ways it can be utilized to combat future pandemics and climate change and advance sustainable development, all while continuing to foster free trade. The book will be discussed by Emily...

16 June 2022

Upcoming Event

Evidencing participatory child rights work

The Rejuvenate project is delighted to invite you to our next virtual dialogue. This time we’ll be discussing evidencing participatory child rights work. There are many of us who believe that we should push for the participation of children and youth, simply because it’s their right to be...

18 May 2022


Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summary No.26

K4D Helpdesk Report

This is the 26th monthly Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme's Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summary to signpost the latest relevant evidence and discourse on humanitarian action. It is the result of one day of work per month and is not intended to be a...

16 May 2022


What Covid-19 responses in urban India can teach us about community engagement

65 million Indians reside in urban slums. These densely populated informal settlements, which house 22% of India’s population, were deeply affected by the first and second Covid-19 waves. With no security blanket and inadequate health infrastructure, urban slum residents were left to fend for...

Swati Mishra
Prerana Somani

12 May 2022