News and Views

Posted: 1st May
A child at school in Sierra Leone, with a globe showing Africa.
With a new President and the promise of a new era in South African democracy, there may be an opportunity to rebuild trust, accountability and capacity across the country. A new ESRC/DfID-funded study on ‘Accountability, trust and capacity to improve learning outcomes’ led by researchers at University College London aims to do just that.
Posted: 30th April
Pre-Global Disability Summit Workshop
Hosted by the Impact Initiative and the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge, a two-day ‘Pre-Global Disability Summit Workshop’ held in Cambridge on 26th-27th April brought together 35 individuals from key bi- and multi-lateral agencies, INGOs and Disabled People’s Organisations to work to help inform discussions at the Summit and to create a collective and sustainable agenda to keep disability a high priority in international discussions.
Posted: 25th April
These community health volunteers test a child for malaria. This test was negative, but a positive test would have resulted in immediate treatment and provision of necessary anti-malarial drugs.
According to the latest World Malaria Report, recent progress against malaria stalled between 2015 and 2016, while aid from the international community is on the decline. In such an environment, it is critical to ensure that precious resources – particularly antimalarial medications – are appropriately targeted to the patients who truly need them. In recognition of World Malaria Day, we would therefore like to call attention to the problem of overtreatment – the use of antimalarials by malaria negative patients.
Posted: 24th April
School girls.
On the Global Partnership for Education blog (18 April 2018), Elizabeth Tofaris discusses the findings and impact of research into the role that menstruation has in keeping adolescent girls out of school.
Posted: 19th April
School girls in Ethiopia
Catherine Dolan, Julie Hennegan and Gabby Edlin discuss the challenges faced by women and girls without access to sanitary products, or a safe place to use them. Published on Project Syndicate on 17 April 2018.
Posted: 18th April
Photograph of two young women who belong to a youth campaigning group which campaigns for child rights (including why early marriage is harmful) in Zambia

In this talk Nicola Ansell (Professor of Human Geography at Brunel University London) questions whether child marriage campaigns take account of the contexts, or the complexity, of young women's lives. She argues that calls for a universal age limit of 18 for marriage are missing the point.

Posted: 12th April

The Open University and coordinating team, commissioned by Research Councils UK (RCUK), is leading a study on Understanding and Improving ‘Fair and Equitable Research Partnerships’ in Response to Global Challenges, and currentl

Posted: 27th March
James Georgalakis on provocative questions, how to frame research evidence for different audiences, and key messages on improving women's life choices drawn from ESRC-DFID research.
Posted: 15th March
Logo and slider from the IDS Institutional Repository - IDS Open Docs.
A key aspect of the Impact Initiative’s work is to ensure that research reaches the right people to help inform decision making. In a strand of our work that we call “legacy services”, we identify outputs - including reports, papers and briefings - and publish them in an open access repository. Kelly Shephard (IDS) explains the benefits of storing documents in an open access repository.
Posted: 8th March
Photo of man on a wheelchair tricycle in Africa
A three-year project, enabled by ESRC-DFID, has been exploring how people with disabilities fare in the face of international development efforts. Key findings from the research will be presented at a two-day conference in London from 12 to 13th March. Grant holders, Professor Nora Groce and Dr Maria Kett blog about their hopes that this event will identify key entry points for governments, donors, policymakers and other stakeholder to reduce the risk of a widening gap between disabled and non-disabled people.

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