Research for policy and practice

ESRC-DFID research for policy and practice: women's life choices

Photo: © Nyani Quarmyne/Panos.

A collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research which identifies critical elements to address if women’s and girls’ lives are to change for the better. Explores mobility constraints; barriers to healthcare; and the significance of education systems in enhancing economic opportunities and career choices.

Focus projects: 

Results from this research changed education policy and practice, particularly in Ghana; and transport policy and practice, shown through the inclusion of children in the Tanzania Draft National Transport Policy Framework.
Mother and baby, Ghana photo by directrelief on flickr
The aim of this project is to quantify the spatial links between poverty and poor utilisation of maternal health services in Ghana. This project builds on previous work in a range of African countries which showed that individual and community characteristics alone do not go far towards explaining service use at childbirth, especially in West African countries

Although there have been major advances in school enrolment in the past two decades, the outcomes of education are often poor, especially among girls, young people from indigenous groups and ethnic minorities, those of lower socio-economic status and in remote rural areas. The World Bank and other globally influential agencies have recently been promoting the view that this is partly due to the limited aspirations of such children and their parents.

A colorized scanning electron micrograph of Mycobaterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause TB.
Tuberculosis services were modified in response to the findings from Nepal, Yemen and Ethiopia to promote equitable and increased access to health services for under-served populations, with particular focus on impacts on women.