News and Views

Posted: 12th October
A girl in Malawi balances a water container on her head
"If marriage is not universally similar, why should we seek to regulate it in a universal way?" This is a question that Nicola Ansell, researcher for the ESRC-DFID enabled Averting 'New Variant Famine' in Southern Africa project, addressed at the Putting Children First conference which took place in Ethiopia from 23-25 October 2017.
Posted: 21st September
Two women looking at a laptop undertaking development testing in India
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission in 2021 may depress and delight development wonks in equal measure. Read a list of things to like and be alarmed about the REF from James Georgalakis, Director of the Impact Initiative.
Posted: 20th September
UKFIET Workshop 2
Highlights from the Impact Initiative led workshop at the 2017 UKFIET conference which gave education researchers expert insight into working with journalists and the media.
Posted: 19th September
DFID-ESRC Raising Learning Outcomes grant holders Nic Spaull and Nompumelelo Mohohlwane give their tips on how to successfully engage the media and provide some reflections on the Impact Initiative led media workshop at the UKFIET 2017 conference.
Posted: 11th August
Reflections from two development professionals, on what good and credible evidence is and what its value is in international development.
Posted: 4th August
Education in Kenya
How can we understand the social – as well as technical – processes involved in translating research into action? Reflections on 'engaging the middle' and the challenges of building trust for research impact.
Posted: 2nd August

A recent Health and Accountability workshop attracted between 80-90 participants from donors, multilateral agencies, national and global civil society, and research institutions over three days.

Posted: 27th July
Women workers making garments in Vietnam
Will women benefit from the rapid automation and digitisation that is set to change the world of work as we know it? This briefing explores the impact of automation on women and work in developing countries.
Posted: 25th July
Super Synthesis
David Coleman, Senior Education Advisor at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, discusses 'Super Synthesis' - a new user-friendly tool which aims to enable decision makers – national governments, development partners and involved stakeholders – to easily assess possible interventions by the level of impact on participation and student learning outcomes, and the likely associated costs.
Posted: 24th July
Dr Elena Schmidt, Director of Strategic Programme Innovations and Developments, Evidence and Research at international development organisation Sightsavers, discusses the benefits of collaborations in developing and implementing effective and high-quality education programmes.