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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

Youth and inter-generational mediation of cultural heritage

For the sake of preservation of heritage under threat, engaging young people is key to sustainability, but we need to think creatively how to bring them on board, argues Mariz Tadros. On the face of it, heritage preservation may conjure images associated with the old - that which has...

11 October 2019

Past Event

India today – the Hindu right

Salil Shetty is a Senior Fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights, Harvard University. He served as Secretary General for Amnesty International from 2010-2018. Before joining Amnesty, he was Director of the UN Millennium Campaign and the Chief Executive for ActionAid. In this talk, Salil...

8 October 2019

Report

Social Protection Topic Guide

Emerging Issues Report 18

This guide provides an overview of social protection concepts, approaches, issues, debates and evidence, and a selection of key references and signposting to further resources. It primarily focuses on longer-term developmental social protection rather than humanitarian responses, and on...

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Becky Carter & 3 others

1 October 2019

News

Researchers express dismay at prize awarded to Narendra Modi

An international group of researchers, led by IDS Professorial Fellow Professor Lyla Mehta have expressed their dismay that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being honoured with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Goalkeepers Global Goals award, in recognition of the sanitation...

26 September 2019

Book

Water for Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice

This book is the first comprehensive effort to bring together Water, Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) in a way that goes beyond the traditional focus on irrigated agriculture. Apart from looking at the role of water and sanitation for human well-being, it proposes alternative and more locally...

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Lyla Mehta & 4 others

19 September 2019

Report

Digital Harassment of Women Leaders: A Review of the Evidence

VAWG Helpdesk Research Report;209

Digital harassment of women leaders can encompass acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggravated, in part or fully, by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, the internet, social media platforms, and email. New forms of...

Erika Fraser

19 September 2019

Opinion

Donor interventions toward public authority in Jordan and Lebanon

The Syrian Crisis has caused the influx of over 900,000 refugees to Lebanon and over 650,000 to Jordan as of June 2019. In Jordan, 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of established refugee camps, while Lebanon adopted a policy against encampment altogether. As such, refugees in both countries...

IMPACT Initiatives

12 September 2019