The work of parliament and parliamentarians is changing within most nations: they grow stronger as many countries develop better structures and processes but weaker in the sense that many citizens become more disillusioned with their political leaders. An engaged democracy is essential for the most overarching social and economic development goals and especially those concerned with poverty reduction and challenging inequalities.
Researchers measure the gender impact of poverty alleviation interventions in rural India and Bangladesh, including how impact has been mediated where cultural attitudes affect women's work and the affect of interventions.
The project explores the serious implications of the misappropriation of oil revenues for Nigeria's political institutions; and their capacity to both redistribute resources for poverty reduction and to deliver security in regions of the country affected by violence, political settlements and organized crime dynamics.
This project builds upon earlier research into the potential role of charity and philanthropy to support development, using Colombo as a case study.
This study utilizes household survey data from four African and Asian countries to examine in depth, and on a comparable basis, the evolving nature of female labour supply in low income countries over the past two to three decades, and to analyse the links with poverty reduction.
The role of the urban informal economy in poverty-reduction and peace-building in five post-conflict cities with different experiences: institutional struggles for state control, economic conflict over control of resources, social/political control and emergent governance.
An investigation into the nature and extent of school effectiveness in China, using innovative quantitative methodology and the local application of new evaluation methods to educational policy and practice in rural and urban secondary schools.