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Posted: 16th March
Professor Emma Crewe writes about some of the universal considerations around identity, capacity and ethics in research, with reference to her current work in Ethiopia and Bagladesh. Democracy requires scrutiny to improve government, to keep the powerful honest, and to encourage engagement with the public. Research is a form scrutiny.
Posted: 15th March
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Pauline Rose, Professor of International Education at Cambridge University and Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, reflects on analysis of ‘pathways to impact’, highlights some initial insights on impact in policy and practice, and asks, do we need more capacity building in research uptake?
Posted: 14th March
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Hannah Corbett, Communications Manager at the Institute of Development Studies, introduces the conclusions found in the report - New knowledge on Children and Young people: A Synthesis of Evidence - about the issues that resonate across the research projects supported since 2005 by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.
Posted: 14th March
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Andrew Long considers why the opportunity to come together in Pretoria to reflect on the ESRC/DFID partnership and lessons relating to the relationship between research policy and practice over the last 10 years is hugely exciting.
Posted: 11th March
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During the last decade, there was a particular focus of research on the economic and social impact of conflict. Professor Ana María Ibáñez, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, considers the challenges facing conflict and development research in the next ten years.
Posted: 10th March
Standing in a different place: Reflecting on co-investigation and mixed methods research. Professor Gina Porter reflects on understanding what our work means for reality ahead of the ‘Lessons from a Decade’s Research on Poverty: Innovation, Engagement and Impact’ conference from 16-18 March in Pretoria, South Africa.
Posted: 9th March
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Informing policy and practice with rigorous evidence will be at the heart of the upcoming Impact Initiative ‘Lessons from a Decade’s Research on Poverty: Innovation, Engagement and Impact’ conference. Professor Patricia Justino talks about the need to understand what the future holds for development ahead of the Conference where much conversation will centre on a decade of research and its influence on tackling poverty and improving development.
Posted: 1st March
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Call for papers: When does evidence really matter? An Edited Collection from the Impact Initiative and the Institute of Development Studies.
Posted: 15th February
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Ian Scoones is the co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex and joint convener of the IDS-hosted Future Agricultures' Consortium. Here Ian explains through case studies in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia in the Livelihoods after Land Reform project, how we can have impact, but we must be patient. This first appeared on Zimbabweland.
Posted: 2nd February
As the global development community transitions into a new era for development, the ‘Lessons from a Decade’s Research on Poverty: Innovation, Engagement and Impact’ conference from 16-18 March in Pretoria, South Africa highlighted the full breadth of research carried out during the lifetime of the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.