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.


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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

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

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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

Programmes and centres


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To the Hands of the Poor: Water and Trees

To the Hands of the Poor explores how poor people can gain more from rural India's vast and often underestimated potential from groundwater and from growing trees. Starting with the livelihoods and priorities of the poor themselves, the authors use empirical evidence and practical political...

1 January 1989

Journal Article

Adjusting Education to Economic Crisis


Over the last two decades the winds have become more persistently chilling for many developing countries whose economies have fallen into the throes of profound and unprecedented economic crises.

1 January 1989

Journal Article

Redistribution with Sloth—Britain’s problem?

IDS Bulletin 48.1A

SUMMARY Many if not most analyses of Britain's economic difficulties suggest that slow growth is at the heart of the problem—and an acceleration of growth the obvious cure. Past experience in Britain and in the Third World casts doubts on this. The eradication of unemployment poverty and...

1 December 1977


Towards Long-Term Cooperation

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3

In assessing the criteria for deciding when aid should be granted - or refused - to countries where government policies contradict the economic and social prerequisites of development, Dudley Seers is right to stress the importance of two principles, which are too often ignored: 1) Aid for...

1 March 1972


Who uses Aid for what?

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3

Except for making the rather uninteresting observation that the developed countries sometimes, or often, use what they call 'aid' as an instrument of foreign policy, aid agencies tend to turn a blind eye to the political dimensions of their activities. There are several reasons why this should...

1 March 1972


From what types of government should poor countries accept what types of Aid?

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3

Two broad approaches are possible in commenting upon Dudley Seers's paper. One can accept the terms of his argument and discuss his facts, his logic and his conclusions; or one can reject the basis of his position, dispute his underlying assumptions and pose a different set of questions.

1 March 1972