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Posted: 20-10-2017
Despite important strides in the fight against poverty over the past two decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. From 23-25 October, policymakers, researchers and NGOs will come together to identify solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa at the Putting Children First conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Posted: 19-10-2017
Motorcycle Taxi

About 20 years ago I had the opportunity to go to war-ravaged Sierra Leone to study the demobilisation and reintegration process of ex-child soldiers.

Posted: 17-10-2017
Media interview being filmed

ESRC is offering a one-day media training course for ESRC-funded researchers to develop skills and increase confidence to engage with the media. 

Posted: 17-10-2017
Three women are discussing developmental testing in India
Applications are open for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s Celebrating Impact Prize. This prize now in its sixth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates.
Posted: 17-10-2017
Boys taking photos with a mobile phone in Ghana
Talking with unemployed young people in Africa about their efforts to find work is often dispiriting; sometimes it is heart-rending. This is especially true of South Africa, where the apartheid legacy continues to compound youth frustrations. A quest for good (or any) employment features strongly in so many young peoples’ stories. But is the ‘mobile phone’ turning this quest around?
Posted: 12-10-2017
A girl in Malawi balances a water container on her head

"If marriage is not universally similar, why should we seek to regulate it in a universal way?"

Posted: 21-09-2017
Two women looking at a laptop undertaking development testing in India
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission in 2021 may depress and delight development wonks in equal measure. Read a list of things to like and be alarmed about the REF from James Georgalakis, Director of the Impact Initiative.
Posted: 20-09-2017
UKFIET Workshop 2
Highlights from the Impact Initiative led workshop at the 2017 UKFIET conference which gave education researchers expert insight into working with journalists and the media.
Posted: 19-09-2017
DFID-ESRC Raising Learning Outcomes grant holders Nic Spaull and Nompumelelo Mohohlwane give their tips on how to successfully engage the media and provide some reflections on the Impact Initiative led media workshop at the UKFIET 2017 conference.
Posted: 11-08-2017
Reflections from two development professionals, on what good and credible evidence is and what its value is in international development.

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