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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  • The Power of Partnerships: How to Maximise the Impact of Research for Development 

    Georgalakis, James (Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2020-03)
    A new report from the Impact Initiative explores some key qualities that may go towards determining the success of research-policy partnerships and those seeking to influence them. Produced in partnership with: UK Research ...
  • Reforming Higher Education Teaching Practices in Africa 

    Tofaris, Elizabeth; McCowan, Tristan; Schendel, Rebecca (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2020-03)
    Critical thinking – the process of questioning and learning with an open mind – is considered one of the most important outcomes of a contemporary university education, a crucial skill for graduate participation in the ...
  • Ending the Financial Entrapment of Street Vendors in Colombia 

    Benson, Vivienne; Martínez Quintero, Lina Maria (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2020-02)
    In the global South, the informal economy provides over 50 per cent of urban employment. In Cali, Colombia, the absence of government intervention and financial programmes means that illegal moneylenders are used by workers ...
  • Randomized Control Trials and Qualitative Assessments: What Do They Tell Us About the Immediate and Long-Term Assessments of Productive Safety Nets for Women in Extreme Poverty in West Bengal? 

    Kabeer, Naila; Datta, Sanchari (London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of International Development, 2020-01)
    This paper is intended to show the strengths, weaknesses and potential complementarities of different methodological approaches to impact assessment. It reports on the approach and findings reported by a randomized control ...
  • Women's Access to Market Opportunities in South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa: Barriers, Opportunities and Policy Challenges 

    Kabeer, Naila; Deshpande, Ashwini; Assaad, Ragui (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Department of International Development, 2019)
    This report builds on the contributions to a workshop organised by the International Department and the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) in collaboration with Ashoka University ...
  • How Higher Education Research Using the Capability Approach Illuminates Possibilities for the Transformation of Individuals and Society in South Africa 

    McLean, Monica (African Minds, 2018)
    The capability approach offers a normative framework for thinking how higher education can support human well-being and fulfilment. This chapter explores how higher education research using the capability approach illuminates ...
  • Capability-promoting Policies: Enhancing Individual and Social Development 

    Otto, Hans-Uwe; Walker, Melanie; Ziegler, Holger (Policy Press and Bristol University Press, 2017-11-08)
    How can unjust societies be overcome with a better distribution of opportunities to flourish? How can human development be revitalised in countries where social welfare is being questioned? In short, how can human development ...
  • Providing Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Nepal 

    Benson, Vivienne; Lovett, Jon; Shrestha, Krishna; Pariyar, Bishnu (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-12)
    Inadequate energy supply continues to hinder social and economic development in Nepal. Despite a wealth of renewable energy potential – particularly with hydropower but also solar and biomass – sustainability and access ...
  • Raising Learning Outcomes in Diverse Indian Contexts 

    De, Anuradha (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2019-12)
    This policy brief shows that improving learning outcomes in diverse Indian contexts requires a rethinking of educational strategies. While improvements in physical access to schools are welcome, improving learning outcomes ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Women and Conflict 

    The Impact Initiative (Institute of Development Studies and The Impact Initiative, 2019-12)
    Conflict affects women and men differently, and it can alter women’s economic and political roles in society. However, changes in women’s economic and political status and roles during times of conflict do not necessarily ...
  • ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Gender and Education 

    The Impact Initiative (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2019-11)
    This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research provides valuable evidence on strategies to ensure commitments to eliminate gender disparities in education are met. Beyond ensuring that every child – both girls and boys – is ...
  • Improving Literacy Through Indigenous Languages in South Africa 

    Tofaris, Elizabeth; Wills, Gabrielle (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge and The Impact Initiative, 2019-11)
    To better understand early grade reading in African languages, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, the University of South Africa and Funda Wande, together ...
  • 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, ...

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