The Impact Initiative for international development research aims to increase the uptake and impact of research from two research programmes jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID): the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme.

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  • Investigating Domestic Violence Law in Cambodia 

    Brickell, Katherine; Greengrass, Emma (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-09)
    Legislation seeking to address violence against women has grown in recent years – at least 144 countries now have laws on domestic violence (DV). However, many women are still prevented or deterred from accessing justice. ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Water Security 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-09)
    Access to clean water is essential for life but all too often in water management, short-term gains for the few are prioritised above long-term benefits for the many. This selection of ESRC-DFID funded research explores ...
  • Raising Awareness of Environmental Change in the Maldives 

    Arnall, Alex; Kothari, Uma (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-08)
    Island communities in the Maldives are experiencing environmental change on a daily basis due to coastal erosion, the accumulation of waste at sea and on beaches, and the rapid expansion of the built environment. Researchers ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Pensioner Poverty 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-07)
    Longer lives not only deliver social benefits but are also crucial from an economic perspective. If supported, longevity can yield productivity gains in terms of a larger, experienced labour force, as well as in contributions ...
  • Rethinking Impact: Applying the Gender Lens 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-06)
    This booklet profiles the research and impact funded by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership which explicitly focuses on gender inequality, but also projects where the gender dynamics emerged during the course of the work. ...
  • The Delta of Impact: Mapping a Meta-Impact Pathway to Uncover Six Stepping Stones of Research Impact 

    Clark, Louise; Goodier, Sarah (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-06)
    This working paper explores how barriers to impact can be overcome using a unique methodology, devised to be collaborative and conducive, for understanding the many overlapping outcomes that add up to research impact from ...
  • Understanding Displacement and Urbanisation in Somali Cities 

    Bakonyi, Jutta; Chonka, Peter (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-06)
    Somalia has one of the largest populations of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world: an estimated 2.6 million in 2018. Yet little is known about the way displaced people experience flight and resettlement, how ...
  • Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development 

    Georgalakis, James; Rose, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This Issue aims to identify how partnerships focused on the production of policy-engaged research seek to achieve societal impact and explores the challenges in these processes. The collaborations analysed span academia, ...
  • Notes on Contributors 

    Georgalakis, James; Rose, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This is the notes on contributors for IDS Bulletin 50.1, 'Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development'.
  • Foreword 

    Dalton, Diana (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This is the foreword of IDS Bulletin 50.1, 'Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development'.
  • Introduction: Identifying the Qualities of Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development – A New Analytical Framework 

    Georgalakis, James; Rose, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This article sets out a framework for analysing research–policy partnerships for societal change in international development settings. It defines types of change associated with engaging research evidence with policy and ...
  • Rethinking Research Impact through Principles for Fair and Equitable Partnerships 

    Newman, Kate; Bharadwaj, Sowmyaa; Fransman, Jude (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    With renewed investment of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) commitment into research, there is a need to rethink traditional understandings of ‘research impact’. In this article, we argue that impact in ...
  • Pathways to Impact: Insights from Research Partnerships in Uganda and India 

    Hinton, Rachel; Bronwin, Rona; Savage, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This article sets out a perspective from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) on the challenges of achieving research uptake. Two country case studies are presented from India and Uganda, ...
  • Exploring Partnerships between Academia and Disabled Persons’ Organisations: Lessons Learned from Collaborative Research in Africa 

    Kett, Maria; T. Carew, Mark; Asiimwe, John-Bosco; Bwalya, Richard; Gitonga, Anderson; Nyehn, Boakai A.; Olenja, Joyce; Swartz, Leslie; Groce, Nora (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    In this article, we discuss how our academic research on disability and international development in five African countries has benefited hugely from active collaboration with advocates, practitioners, and policymakers, ...
  • Layered and Linking Research Partnerships: Learning from YOUR World Research in Ethiopia and Nepal 

    Johnson, Vicky; Admassu, Anannia; Church, Andrew; Healey, Jill; Mathema, Sujeeta (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This article draws on learning from the YOUR World Research project in Ethiopia and Nepal, which uses the socioecological Change‑scape framework to understand how participants in research need to be understood within a ...
  • Fundamental Challenges in Academic–Government Partnership in Conflict Research in the Pastoral Lowlands of Ethiopia 

    Fekadu Mulugeta, Mercy; Gebresenbet, Fana; Tariku, Yonas; Nettir, Ekal (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    The Ethiopian government continuously calls for policy-relevant research. However, this admission of policy challenges and attempts to fill the gap cannot ignore the political economy and power dynamics in Ethiopia. This ...
  • Regional Research–Policy Partnerships for Health Equity and Inclusive Development: Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges from a Southern African Perspective 

    Yeates, Nicola; Moeti, Themba; Luwabelwa, Mubita (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This article critically reflects on the experience and lessons from a health-focused social policy research project (PRARI) involving a partnership spanning multiple countries across southern Africa and Europe. It asks ...
  • How Did Research Partnerships Contribute to Bangladesh’s Progress in Improving Lives? 

    Chowdhury, Mushtaque (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    The last few decades have seen tremendous progress in improving the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. In almost all sectors of development, Bangladesh has done enviously well. One of the important change ...
  • Glossary: Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development 

    Georgalakis, James; Rose, Pauline (Institute of Development Studies, 2019-06-05)
    This is the glossary of IDS Bulletin 50.1, 'Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development'.
  • Research on Children with Disabilities Influences Education Policy in Pakistan 

    Tofaris, Elizabeth; Bari, Faisal; Malik, Rabea (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2019-05)
    Children who face multiple disadvantages including those related to disability are among those least likely to be learning. Using large-scale household data together with qualitative data from classrooms in rural Pakistan, ...

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