Waste reuse and recycling has become increasingly important to livelihoods, particularly in the Global South. As environmental concerns and awareness of the financial benefits of waste rise, there is growing contestation over who will be allowed to benefit from waste.

This pilot project provides English-language teaching for members of the deaf community in India including young people in high poverty contexts, and drafts a model of language-teaching interventions. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration including sign linguistics and technologists.
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The age structure of the population in developing countries implies that more than half the population is aged less than 24. How these young people can be given access to an education which enables them to find jobs is an important policy issue.
Abandoned mining machinery
The rate of sectoral transformation from rural agrarian to urbanised mining economies requires time for policymakers to appreciate the developmental processes underway. This study focuses on economic, social and cultural changes associated with rapid and/or erratic rates of urban growth by mining expansion in Angola, Ghana and Tanzania.
Young man with mobile phone in Ghana
This project explores how the rapid expansion of mobile phone usage is impacting on young lives and examines how policy makers can support the positive aspects of change. Mixed-method, participatory, child-centred studies will be conducted across Ghana, Malawi and South Africa.
 Ugandan man on a bike, Cilia Schubert, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
This three-year project will investigate interventions for widening participation in one public university and one private university in Ghana and Tanzania. Taking widening participation as a focus, the aim is to interrogate what universities are doing in relation to poverty reduction.
Mother and baby, Ghana photo by directrelief on flickr
The aim of this project is to quantify the spatial links between poverty and poor utilisation of maternal health services in Ghana. This project builds on previous work in a range of African countries which showed that individual and community characteristics alone do not go far towards explaining service use at childbirth, especially in West African countries

It is proposed to evaluate how access to micro-finance and processes of formalisation can impact on poverty by investigating two policies in Ghana and Tanzania. The first is the expansion of micro-credit services into randomly selected communities by several partner NGOs. The second is the implications of a process of formalising business structures currently underway in Tanzania.

Today’s world fisheries crisis can be seen as one incidence of the increasing scarcity of natural resources experienced globally as a result of population growth, globalisation and increased consumption per capita, among other factors. In the case of fisheries, this situation is exacerbated by the increasing numbers of people who rely on fishing to maintain their livelihood and the use of more powerful and more efficient fishing equipment.

Results from this research changed education policy and practice, particularly in Ghana; and transport policy and practice, shown through the inclusion of children in the Tanzania Draft National Transport Policy Framework.

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