Issues specific to urban and rural contexts, including migration, environment, economics, food systems, and property rights.
News: From period poverty to oil in Kenya – showcasing research at the Festival of Social Science
The Impact Initiative is excited to announce that it will be hosting two events as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, 7-9 November 2018.
Principal Investigator: Mark Pelling. Lead Organisation: Kings College London.
 
Co-Investigator: Bruce D Malamud (Kings College London); Blessing Meru (frican Population and Health Research Center, APHRC); Adriana Elizabeth Allen;  (University College Lonodon); Cassidy Anne Johnson (University College London): Susan Marion Parnell (University of Bristol); Mtafu A.Z.
Blog: Including migrant perspectives in urban planning
“This is a first test of the idea that new migrants are critical in planning and building new cities. If new populations are invisible, the cities will not work for them, nor they for the shared vision of the city.”
Aftermath of the fire at Sat'tola slum at Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Urbanisation is the defining feature of global population distribution. Until at least 2050, city growth will be concentrated in developing countries and most of that growth will come from migration from rural areas. Many poor, rural migrants will end up in the poorest neighbourhoods of these cities.

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.
This research seeks to generate robust, urgently needed evidence to address the critical knowledge gaps in order to inform policy debates and thinking on the further development of the Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme in Kenya.

Principal Investigator: Patrick James Nolen. Lead Organistion: University of Essex

Co-investigators: Isaac Osei-Akoto (University of Ghana) and Edoardo Masset (Institute of Development Studies)

Global poverty looks radically different in the 21st century as climate-related events, political-religious conflicts and economic growth-inequality nexuses add to persistent forms of social exclusion based on gender, race, and class.

The research responds to the unprecedented emergence of global environmental norms intended to reconcile natural resource management with poverty alleviation. Prominent examples of such norms are the social safeguards included in global conventions and the human rights-based rulings of international courts.

Community management of handpumps has been the accepted mode of thinking for rural water supply over three decades in Africa. The paradigm underpins the hundreds of millions of US dollars invested each year to reduce institutional and operational water risks.

A school in India
This innovative project examines the causes of low educational outcomes in schools in India where many children fail to achieve basic literacy and numeracy levels, while dropout rates, affecting girls more than boys, are very high. A starting point of this research is that bilingualism and multilingualism have revealed cognitive advantages and good learning skills in children raised in western societies. Multilingualism is the norm in India.

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