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Posted: 15-08-2016
Grain in hands, Neil Palmer (CIAT) licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Terrorist attacks and a related rash of populist political uprisings in this hot and hungry El Nino season of mid-2016 pushed at least one event off the headlines it should rightly have occupied. This was the passage of the United States Government’s ‘Global Food Security Act of 2016’, signed by President Obama in July. Naomi Hossein, a Research Fellow in the Power and Popular Politics Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, explores the global politics of food provision.
Posted: 08-08-2016
Medical samples, Simon Davis/DFID, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
New evidence from ten years of ESRC-DFID funded research studies can inform future policies to help meet Sustainable Development Goal three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages, writes Karine Gatellier, Convenor in Health and Nutrition at the Institute of Development Studies.
Posted: 22-06-2016
credit: flickr / sayamindu
Eight new grants have been awarded funding through the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes programme. The 2015 call focused on the theme of challenging contexts and the grantees will be welcomed into the Impact Initiative later in 2016.
Posted: 17-05-2016
In this short film conference participants share their highlights, reflections and learnings from the three day Impact Initiative conference ‘Lessons from a Decade’s Research on Poverty: Innovations, Engagement and Impact’, held on 16 – 18 March 2016, in Pretoria, South Africa.
Posted: 04-05-2016
What are the key ingredients involved in successfully influencing change through research? At the recent ESRC-DFID Impact Conference, Elaine Mercer asked researchers, practitioners, and funders to share their best piece of advice from their own experience. These ten interviews capture top tips for researchers on turning research into impact.
Posted: 04-05-2016
James Georgalakis, Director of Communications and Impact at the Institute of Development Studies and Director of the Impact Initiative, discusses turning academic research into action and placing more importance on networking than prizes.
Posted: 28-04-2016
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The ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce the third funding call under the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme. The deadline for proposals is: 16.00 UK time 26 July 2016.
Posted: 06-04-2016
Professor Dr. Ulrike Andrea Zeshan from the University of Central Lancashire introduced discussions on ethics, collaboration and institutional culture in cross-sectoral projects to conference attendees in Pretoria through a game. More lessons from a decade’s research on poverty - innovation, engagement and impact.
Posted: 04-04-2016
Lessons from a Decade's Research conference 2016
Morten Koch Anderson, a researcher at Dignity, the Danish Institute Against Torture, follows up his participation at the Impact Initiative Pretoria conference, writing about the capacity for change that may be achieved through research collaboration and exchange of knowledge and training, regardless of national boundaries and attachments.
Posted: 31-03-2016
Dr Joanes Atela, Senior Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and a researcher in the STEPS Centre Global Consortium, considers how ESRC-DFID research can be best refocused to achieve positive and sustainable impact.