Escaping from poverty depends on the rules governing access to vital resources. Rural societies are a historically determined mix of varied and sometimes competing "formal" and "informal" institutions.The focus of this research is to investigate whether a "clash of institutions" is a factor determining poverty in developing countries, with a specific focus on land, labour, seeds and rural credit.
This research will inform understanding of the correlation that between the barriers of disability, and multidimensional poverty It must be recognised that in settings where everyone is poor, where few people access wage labour, where school attendance is paltry, healthcare access is limited and social protection is almost non-existent then disabled people are not necessarily very different from their neighbours.
Exploration of causal theories of conflict participation and empirical research on post-conflict development by measuring subjective and objective empowerment and disempowerment in context.
As more people connect to social media in Africa, expectations for real-time information pose new challenges concerning the flow of information related to security. This project explores the role social media plays in documenting and driving security in East and West Africa.
This study aims to understand the impact that motorbike navigable track/trail construction from farmstead to village/road/market has on lifting smallholder farmers out of poverty by reducing costs to produce for markets.
How has state building-oriented research sponsored by DFID influenced and interacted with UK governmental policies targeting fragile, post-conflict environments? Field research was conducted in three country case studies: Afghanistan, Nepal and Sierra Leone.
To help strengthen the evidence base on child protection, this ethically approved research will test the effectiveness of community-designed interventions for linking community child protection mechanisms with government-led health and social welfare aspects of the national child protection system. In each of Moyamba and Bombali Districts of Sierra Leone, comparisons will be made over two years between two similar, rural chiefdoms, one of which is an intervention condition and the other a comparison condition.