Despite infrastructure being the dominant expenditure category of most governments in the developing world (as well of multilateral and bilateral development organisations), we have a very limited understanding of whether and how infrastructure investments affect poverty and development. Two projects focused on India and East Africa will attempt to fill this key gap in our knowledge.
This project aims to expand the existing evidence base around how pedagogical practices affect the development of critical thinking at African higher education institutions in Kenya, Ghana and Botswana.
This project considers cross-age peer tutoring on the teaching of reading in Kenyan primary schools. Research suggests student partnerships in which an upper primary pupil is trained to work with a younger child to conduct structured reading sessions is one of the most powerful methods for raising achievement.
Researchers are examining how and why local peace-building efforts succeed in minimising violence in contexts where there are large new investments, focusing on the remote rural areas of Kenya and Sierra Leone, and its impacts on the poor in marginal rural areas.
This research examines common systemic barriers disabled people encounter when accessing services, and the lack of information and inclusion in national level poverty reduction strategies.
As more people connect to social media in Africa, expectations for real-time information pose new challenges concerning the flow of information related to security. This project explores the role social media plays in documenting and driving security in East and West Africa.
A comparative analysis of the challenges faced by those attempting to document torture and ill-treatment in LICs including the development of a survey technique for the documentation of torture and ill-treatment and policy recommendations.
The project aims to re-think conventional assumptions and offer new insights into the determinants of urban violence, including in particular identifying context-specific circumstances under which everyday urban conflict becomes violent.
Living in rural Africa has long been synonymous with being poor and water insecure - but rapid growth in mobile handset ownership and mobile network coverage could resolve one of its oldest problems: safe and reliable water access.
Focusing on the ‘food crisis’ since 2007, this research examines right-to-food movements and riots over food prices in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Mozambique and addresses the question, How can governments be made more accountable for ensuring access to food?