A gendered understanding of poverty is crucial for exploring its differing impacts and this analysis provides valuable insights in a number of key areas. This evidence is a synthesis from 122 research grants awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research since 2005.
The insights could have particular relevance as governments focus on working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include commitments on gender equality across the board.
Gender is one of four areas that the ESRC and DFID tasked four groups of researchers to look at, across the diverse projects funded through the Joint Fund. The resulting reports - children and young people; gender; with those on health; and research methods to follow - will be valuable pieces of research and rich sources of information which we all hope will be of interest to a broad range of audiences. They highlight the specific achievements and contributions of Joint Fund research - to knowledge about development issues, to methods and approaches to researching these, and to supporting social and economic impact.
The ESRA also point to spaces where more research would be valuable, issuing challenges both to researchers and funders to consider how they continue to drive, as well as respond to, evolving development agendas and changing global circumstances. A series of summaries to capture these findings and their implications for policymakers as well as for researchers also accompany the main reports, produced by the Impact Initiative.
New knowledge on the gendered nature of poverty and wellbeing adds a crucial element in the understanding of the impact of poverty, and this analysis provides valuable insights in a number of key areas. This evidence is a synthesis from 122 research grants awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research since 2005.
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Summary of the review and synthesis
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The Evidence Synthesis Research Awards (ESRA): a response from ESRC and DFID, 2016
Blog: Gender Equality and Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Jenny Edwards, Programme Officer at the Institute of Development Studies, sets the findings in context.
Other Joint Fund Evidence Synthesis Research Awards (ESRA)
The report - New knowledge on children and young people – a Synthesis of Evidence from the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research authored by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), assesses the contribution of the Joint Fund scheme’s research since 2005 to the body of knowledge around CYP issues and ways in which their life chances can be improved.
A review of all the funded projects was undertaken as evidence related to health requires looking for both proximate (such as access to clean water and medical services) as well as distal pathways (such as education and social protection systems), beyond just clinical or public health interventions. 69 of 121 (57%) funded research studies examined or produced evidence which have a direct or indirect relevance and impact on health/health services.
Research methods Evidence Synthesis Research Award
Camfield, L., Duvendack, M., Monteith, W., School of International Development, University of East Anglia, 2016
The analysis is based on a thematic analysis across all of the grants, and of the impact pathways in the 15 impact reports completed 12 months after the end of the project. This guide is intended to help researchers in their choice of research method not as a definitive resource, but a practical summary of lessons learned from the methodologies that have been used across 122 research projects funded by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research over the period 2005 to 2014.