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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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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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John Gaventa

Director of Research

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Danny Burns

Participation Research Cluster Leader

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Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres

Projects

Project

Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City

The Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City project will contribute to our growing understanding of the structures, dynamics and processes through which people who are enduringly displaced succeed or fail to become part of European and Indian cities.

Recent work

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Past Event

Does poverty stop at employment?

This side-event is co-hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA), the Impact Initiative and the Institute of Development Studies and will be an interactive session highlighting the evidence from diverse projects, and connecting it to the experiences of people in the...

13 March 2019

News

Cash transfers and gender equality

IDS researchers attending this year's Commission for the Status of Women highlight limitations of cash transfers in achieving women's empowerment if they are not coupled with access to adequate public services and infrastructure.

11 March 2019

News

Collective action and political voice for women’s empowerment

On Friday 8 March, millions of people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day, paying tribute to women’s achievements in the ongoing fight for equality. Key to realising this year’s campaign  of 'building a gender-balanced world’ is strengthening women’s participation in...

6 March 2019

Past Event

IDS Cities Seminar: Anna French, Deputy Head of DFID India

Anna French (Deputy Head, DFID India) and Harpreet Singh Arora (DFID India Urban Advisor) speak to us about the work Department for International Development (DFID) has undertaken in urban India since the early 1980s, and how this important trajectory of work is being shaped as India takes its...

5 March 2019

Working Paper

Invisible Citizens: Why More Women in Pakistan Do Not Vote

IDS Working Paper 524

Why does a gender gap in voting exist in Pakistan? Our research looks beyond the creation of democratic spaces for women's participation, such as voter registration, to look instead at the constraints that women face in being able to use such spaces. This paper uses qualitative fieldwork...

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Ali Cheema & 3 others

20 February 2019