Inequalities and Poverty

Our work understands how inclusive economies 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 through the work and explores how novel market-based solutions can work for the poorest and most marginalised based on caste, gender, ethnicity and disability.  It continues to revitalise debates on agriculture as a key pathway out of poverty and towards inclusion in current times, particularly for young people. Our work is focused on identifying what opportunities in agriculture 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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John Gaventa

Director of Research

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Danny Burns

Participation Research Cluster Leader

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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres

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

Masculinities and Transition

Over 2018, Jerker Edström at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is leading a team of experts, contracted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to undertake a focused assignment on ‘Masculinities and Transition: Enduring Privilege?’, with a focus on Egypt,...

Project

Scaling-Up Early Child Development Interventions in Rwanda

This project aims to establish a long-term partnership between the IDS, Save the Children UK (SCUK) and Save the Children International Rwanda (SCI-R) to analyse, evaluate and scale-up (in partnership with the Government of Rwanda) a unique holistic programme (First Steps) that supports families...

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Opinion

Reflections on evaluating integrated rural development

The latest IDS Bulletin ‘The Millennium Villages: Lessons on Evaluating Integrated Rural Development' brings together a series of reflections on integrated development and how best to know whether it works and why. It certainly doesn’t provide all the answers; rather it’s meant to...

14 November 2018

News

IDS research collaboration on peacebuilding in Myanmar wins award

IDS, in partnership with Adapt Peacebuilding and Myanmar’s Relief Action Network for IDP’s and Refugees (RANIR), has won a United States Government award for its participatory action research work in Kachin, a highly conflict-affected region of northern Myanmar. Winning case, Seeing in...

26 October 2018

Opinion

Ways forward for rural sanitation in Africa

The CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS has had a busy year! We have hosted and facilitated two regional rural sanitation workshops in Africa. The first held in Tanzania brought together sanitation experts from eight countries across East and Southern Africa, the second in Senegal brought together those...

22 October 2018

News

Statement on the impact evaluation of Millennium Villages Project

An independent impact evaluation of a Millennium Villages Project (MVP) covering 35 villages in Northern Ghana was led by Itad in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Participatory Development Associates Ghana (PDA Ghana).  The Millennium Villages in Northern...

14 October 2018