News and Views

Posted: 06-03-2017
Vietnamese school children
Knowledge and evidence for policy and practice matters in any context. But critical scrutiny of the evidence to policy process is particularly important in development contexts, where knowledge is often produced or brokered by external actors.
Posted: 06-03-2017
In a so-called 'post-truth' world, where experts are viewed with increasing suspicion, how do academics, practitioners and donors work together to ensure evidence informs policies and practices that have a transformative impact on people’s lives and contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty?
Posted: 03-03-2017
New Wipunu Water Source
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa. Growing demand for groundwater is putting pressure on the resource while researchers struggle to accurately estimate the future supply. But a team from Oxford University says that low-cost mobile sensors attached to pumps could solve the problem.
Posted: 03-03-2017
The UK’s long standing partnership with Bangladesh’s research and development community has been absolutely critical to the country’s remarkable progress over the last forty years.
Posted: 02-03-2017
Young women learn computer skills
In connection with the upcoming inaugural Digital Development Summit 2017, this blog by Nanjira Sambuli is the third is a series exploring the future of work in an increasingly digital world. Drawing on findings from the Women's Rights Online initiative, Sambuli highlights the ‘analogue’ factors that may create or undermine a viable future of technology and work for women in developing countries.
Posted: 01-03-2017
A two-day workshop hosted by DFID, ESRC and the Impact Initiative for Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research (RLO) grant holders provided a welcome opportunity for researchers to meet, build networks, explore opportunities for scientific collaboration and share approaches and obstacles when considering pathways to impact.
Posted: 27-02-2017
In a high-level meeting this week hosted by the Impact Initiative and the Institute of Development Studies, over 20 ESRC-DFID funded researchers as well as leading experts from the Bangladesh region have come together to share learning about what works in aid and development.
Posted: 22-02-2017
In the world of big data, evolving research into education policy and practice is a highly political, contested and complex space. Deciding when, how, where and with whom to share big data surely lies at the heart of the reason why we collect it in the first place. If research intends to create change and impact real lives, who deserves to hear the results most, and to be included centrally, and not peripherally, in its dissemination?
Posted: 20-02-2017
Spirits in the Digital World
Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future of work in a digital age matters for development actors, and what we need to be thinking and doing differently.
Posted: 19-12-2016
On 18 November, the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and the Impact Initiative hosted a ‘Child Poverty Research Day’ to discuss current evidence, knowledge gaps and ways forward for research helping to reduce child poverty. Despite massive poverty reduction in the past decades, child poverty remains an issue requiring urgent action. The day was filled with sharing of research findings as well discussions of knowledge gaps and ideas for ways forward on how research, policy and practice can come together towards seeking a solution for ending child poverty.