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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

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

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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Opinion

Democratising economic power

As the world’s economic elites gather in Davos, I am reflecting on a blog I wrote last year in reaction to the 2019 World Economic Forum focus on “Globalisation 4.0”. Entitled ‘Putting the spotlight on “participation” in economic alternatives’, the blog questioned the Davos model...

20 January 2020

Publication

Developing Disability-Inclusive Higher Education Systems

International Higher Education;100

It has been 25 years since the first issue of International Higher Education was published. By coincidence, it is also 25 years since the Salamanca Statement called on the international community to endorse the approach of inclusive education, including at the tertiary level. The past quarter...

1 January 2020

News

Building successful social enterprises to tackle global challenges

Social enterprises are on the rise and have become a way for both companies and social entrepreneurs to proactively address real world problems by taking matters in to their own hands. In April, IDS alumnus Mamunur Rahman won the 2019 British Council Entrepreneurial Award for his innovation...

12 December 2019

Publication

Finding Support in Family: the Story of Madeline

IDS Case Study

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme on Madeline and her family. The CLM programme in Haiti provides opportunities for women to set up small businesses or other economic activities, become members of savings and lending groups, receive...

19 November 2019

Publication

Starting a New Life: the Story of Jenniflore

IDS Case Study

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) programme – a graduation programme in Haiti – on Jenniflore and her family. Tackling poverty is crucial for improving early childhood development; in Haiti, this presents an enormous challenge as more than half of the...

19 November 2019

Publication

Standing Strong Together: the Story of Fabienne

IDS Case Study

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme on Fabienne and her family. It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. In Haiti, this...

19 November 2019

Publication

Being Apart, Working Together: the Story of Guerlande

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò graduation programme on Guerlande and her family. It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Tackling poverty is...

19 November 2019

Publication

Finding Her Own Way: the Story of Samantha

IDS Case Study

It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Tackling poverty is therefore crucial for improving ECD. In Haiti, this presents an enormous challenge as more than half of the...

19 November 2019

Publication

Juggling Work and Care: the story of Angeline

IDS Case Study

The Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme in Haiti provides opportunities for women to set up small businesses or other economic activities, become members of savings and lending groups, receive training and advice on health and sanitation, and receive materials for improving their homes....

19 November 2019