This project examines a key assumption which underlies one of the main approaches to poverty reduction currently advocated and practised by many international development agencies.
Enormous energies and resources are devoted to institutional reform in order to improve the investment climate and thus promote economic growth. The assumption is that institutional reform comes first and investment follows.
The reproductive dimensions of rapidly increasing rural-urban migration and its linkages with changes in wellbeing have been rather poorly understood. However serious concerns are emerging with respect to the impact of migration on marriage, child-bearing and child-rearing strategies. These are significant for maternal and child health, for parenting and child development, and because they will profoundly shape the gendered outcomes of new opportunities.