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News and Views

Posted: 7th November
Children in Danchira Village, Ghana.
Despite important strides in the fight against poverty in the last few decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in Africa.
Posted: 25th October
ESRC and DFID are launching a Follow-on Fund call for their Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research programme. The invitation-only call is open to PIs who have held a grant funded as part of the Joint Fund programme. The call closes on 3 December 2019.
Posted: 21st October
Halla Bol event
In this blog, Dr. Ricardo Sabates (Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, University of Cambridge) describes his experience of attending a community 'Halla Bol' event led by Indian NGO Pratham. He explores whether these types of community-based initiatives can strengthen systems of accountability between schools and communities, with the ultimate aim of improving foundational learning outcomes for children.
Posted: 17th October
Child peeking in to a classroom, Nairobi.
Growing up in poverty has long-lasting adverse consequences for children and the societies that they live in. As the world marks the international day for the eradication of poverty it’s worth trying to identify answers and evidence in the fight against child poverty.
Posted: 1st October
Picture shows a farmer and his wife with their store of maize crops - they have 7 children and 5 grandchildren. The maize is a drought tolerant variety.

Today marks International Day of Older Persons on which we celebrate the huge contribution that a large – and growing – demographic group makes to our societies across the globe.

Posted: 25th September
Photograph of participants attending the Impact Initiative workshop at UKFIET in 2019

The Impact Initiative for International Development Research led a practical workshop at the 2019 UKFIET conference to give delegates a better understanding of the needs, processes and requirements

Posted: 24th September
Class Photo - Marasi Primary School Students (Kenya)
Colin Bangay, Senior Education Adviser, DFID-Sierra Leone, considers whether researchers and policymakers can do more to ensure the other’s perspectives are taken on board.
Posted: 23rd September
Dragons' Den Sign Up Sheet
Using a the format of the Dragons' Den TV show to develop an innovative session where research teams were asked to to connect with at least one other project to form a pitch.
Posted: 23rd September
Protecting migrants in the city panel, Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019

Now in its 12th year the Hargeysa International Book Fair, hosted in the Somaliland city of Hargeisa in July 2019. provides an opportunity for the de facto independent Republic of Somaliland to showcase cultural, literary and journalistic talent and develop an international profile.

Posted: 22nd August
Photograph of a keyboard with publish button at top
Publication is key to communicating new ideas and research findings. However, many scholars and students find the publication process challenging.