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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.

People

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Danny Burns

Research Fellow

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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John Gaventa

Director of Research

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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

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Brief

A Gender Approach to the Promotion of Productive Uses of Electricity

IDS Policy Briefing 162

Interventions promoting productive use of electricity (PUE) without gender approaches are more likely to benefit men than women. Men typically own more businesses and operate in a wider range of more productive, electricity‑intensive activities. Gender approaches improve the effectiveness of...

10 July 2019

Impact Story

Building capacity to ensure smart, sustainable and inclusive cities

‘Smart cities’ use new technologies to meet their most pressing urban challenges and become more sustainable. IDS researchers have been investigating how inclusive these solutions really are, with a focus on a large-scale smart cities initiative in India. The Indian government’s Smart...

9 July 2019

Opinion

Exploring how to improve wellbeing for urban refugees and their hosts

Huge numbers of people continue to flee the world’s most intractable conflicts. Many of these refugees are not destined for camps, but are increasingly channelled into urban informal settlements, chiefly in developing countries. With few signs of this abating, IDS has been working to improve...

9 July 2019

News

Civic space and participation critical to meeting Global Goals

IDS researchers will join international partners at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to call for a greater focus on participation and recognising, respecting, promoting and fulfilling human rights for all, as well as tackling the problem of closing...

8 July 2019

Impact Story

Understanding and strengthening women’s roles in politics and work

For more than 40 years, IDS has been forging its well-earned reputation for progressive gender research, knowledge sharing and teaching. That work continues apace today with IDS programmes and researchers continuing to deepen understanding of how to strengthen women’s political and economic...

4 July 2019

Impact Story

Generating new insights on agriculture as a pathway from poverty in Africa

With more than half of Africa’s workers employed in agriculture, the sector offers a valuable pathway out of poverty for the continent.  Agriculture has long been central to IDS’ work, particularly on reducing inequalities, through evidence-based research, policy dialogue, networking and...

4 July 2019

Impact Story

Award for IDS-led action research for peace-building in Myanmar

Amid international responses to conflict, disease or disaster, there is a growing call to pay more heed to local perspectives. Whether this means considering local customs including burial practices during an epidemic such as Ebola or the wellbeing of refugees, the underlying concept is that...

21 June 2019