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The University of Birmingham (UoB) and Sightsavers International invited researchers and academics from leading institutions working in the areas of early childhood development and education (ECDE) and special educational needs and disability (SEND), educational psychology, applied anthropology, and epidemiology in Malawi, the UK and the USA to co-design and conduct an innovative three-year study.
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Donors and international organizations involved in dispersing foreign aid now routinely employ contracts with service providers, in international health service development and delivery. The research aims to understand the nature of the impact these actors have in global health development objectives.
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This research evaluated the addition of gender-specific elements within existing contract farming operations in Malawi and Tanzania. It assessed whether gender-specific clauses increase the benefits smallholders and firms accrue from the relationship.
Social cash transfer
Youth poverty is important, not least because of its implications for the future, yet rural youth poverty in particular has received little attention from researchers or policy makers. The recent innovation in policy responses to poverty in sub-Saharan Africa has been social cash transfer (SCT) schemes.

Despite infrastructure being the dominant expenditure category of most governments in the developing world (as well of multilateral and bilateral development organisations), we have a very limited understanding of whether and how infrastructure investments affect poverty and development. Two projects focused on India and East Africa will attempt to fill this key gap in our knowledge.

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The research spans low-income, aid-dependent states that are landlocked (Malawi, Zambia), Island economies (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea), and also transition economies (China, India) and addresses the salary gap that exists between aid workers working for different agencies.
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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.
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This project will examine the impacts of the AIDS pandemic on the livelihoods of young people in rural Malawi and Lesotho. Several southern African countries with exceptionally high HIV prevalence have also experienced recurrent food crises in recent years – a situation that has been (somewhat controversially) labelled 'New Variant Famine'.

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There is continued and growing demand for high quality evidence of the impact of development activities. This project, in collaboration with three NGOs, aims to have impact on methodological debates.
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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