News and Views

Posted: 3rd February
Pathway to the Sea
The surprise announcement by UKRI that they will be removing the Pathways to Impact from their grant applications has sent the UK research community into a spin. Very few academics are going to miss writing impact pathways statements. They were seen by many as a tick box exercise and the opportunity to promote a deeper reflection on how to engage with non-academic partners and users was all too often squandered.
Posted: 27th January
APPG Girls' Education
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Global Education event: ‘Heralding the decade of leaving no girl behind’ (supported by the Global Partnership for Education, the Impact Initiative and RESULTS UK) met in the House of Commons to share progress and discuss what still needs to be done in order to move beyond the numbers of girls in school towards gender equality.
Posted: 13th January
Delhi SCAFFOLD event
On Monday 9th December, researchers from the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme (RLO) alongside policymakers, development practitioners and civil society, met in Delhi to present evidence and explore pathways to improving learning outcomes in different Indian contexts. In this blog, organisers Anuradha De and Meera Samson of CORD India, present the key takeaways from the event.
Posted: 3rd January
Community health in Nepal - women sitting and talking

The Unequal Voices project, enabled by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, has produced vibrant policy engagements from the local to the global level, an

Posted: 11th December
Photo: Community Eye Health/Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
The global community has established a shared and widely accepted vision on the importance and significance of global goals, such as the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, the contextual significance of achieving these goals and objectives varies depending on the context.
Posted: 12th November
School children in India
On Monday 9th December seven ESRC-DFID funded projects from the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme will meet alongside policymakers, development practitioners & civil society in Delhi to present evidence & explore pathways to improving learning outcomes in different Indian contexts.
Posted: 7th November
Children in Danchira Village, Ghana.
Despite important strides in the fight against poverty in the last few decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in Africa.
Posted: 25th October
ESRC and DFID are launching a Follow-on Fund call for their Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research programme. The invitation-only call is open to PIs who have held a grant funded as part of the Joint Fund programme. The call closes on 3 December 2019.
Posted: 21st October
Halla Bol event
In this blog, Dr. Ricardo Sabates (Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, University of Cambridge) describes his experience of attending a community 'Halla Bol' event led by Indian NGO Pratham. He explores whether these types of community-based initiatives can strengthen systems of accountability between schools and communities, with the ultimate aim of improving foundational learning outcomes for children.