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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Brief

How Should Uganda’s National Youth Policy Be Redesigned?

IDS Policy Briefing 161

In Uganda 25.5 per cent of the young population are either unemployed or underemployed. The agricultural sector is the country’s economic backbone with capacity to provide jobs for young people. Uganda’s National Youth Policy (NYP) launched in 2001 to support young people in developing...

17 December 2018

News

Disability project led by IDS scholarship graduate wins Google Impact prize

Project Enable Africa has won 'The Google Impact Challenge Nigeria' prize in recognition of its work to promote the access of persons with disabilities and their caregivers to information and communication technologies (ICTs) skills and opportunities. The winning project is led by Project...

10 December 2018

Opinion

Pro-life or pro-choice? Pro-rights

With the recent passing of an abortion bill in the state of Ohio’s House of Representatives, and the imposition of the Global Gag Rule in 2017 which stopped funding for services providing abortion advice and care overseas, the US is undermining women’s rights both at home and abroad. Debates...

5 December 2018

Opinion

Tackling online gender-based violence

Technologies such as mobile phones can exacerbate and magnify acts of violence against women and girls, and lead to a silencing of women’s voices online. To address this issue we must hold social media companies to account. Online gender-based violence (GBV) takes many forms including...

3 December 2018

Brief

Stimulating Agribusiness Entrepreneurship to Solve Youth Unemployment in Kenya

IDS Policy Briefing 158

More than one million Kenyan youth enter the labour market every year, yet many young people struggle to find jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors. Currently, the transition rate from secondary to further education is very low and means many young people are leaving school with only...

1 December 2018

Opinion

A network of young African scholars for sustainable development

Addressing Africa’s sustainable development challenges, including job creation for the continent’s burgeoning youth population, means preparing young African professionals for future roles as development leaders and change agents. Launching today is the IDS Bulletin on “Youth Employment...

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Seife Ayele & 3 others

28 November 2018