News and Views

Posted: 21st March
This week at the National Youth Seminar, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, researchers, NGOs and young people will highlight the need to consider youth justice and rehabilitation, street connectedness and disability in the new policy.
Posted: 15th March
Lessons for the disabled
Despite legislation and commitments to ensure equitable access to education, evidence from Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia shows that school attendance of disabled youth is very poor. In Ethiopia, stories bring to life the barriers preventing young disabled people from reaching their full potential.
Posted: 15th March
Central Addis Ababa
Many disabled people experience social isolation, and struggle to participate in society. Many people with disabilities feel marginalised, with evidence from Kenya and Liberia highlighting lower voting-participation, and struggles to find sustainable employment, particularly in towns and cities.
Posted: 7th February
Does Life Stop When You're Having Your Period? Campaign message
Emily Wilson Smith, Mandu Reid and Catherine Dolan discuss menstruation and links with sustainable economic growth, period poverty across the globe, stigmatisation and education in the New Statesman (7 February 2019).
Posted: 6th February
RLO Workshop illustration 1
Producing innovative, rigorous, and policy-relevant research on how to raise learning outcomes globally is the key ambition of the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems (RLO) Research Programme. We know that the evidence base in education is expanding - but is this research having an impact on student learning and practices? How do we know? And do relationships have a role in increasing research impact and helping promote ‘what works’ in education?
Posted: 29th January
Schoolchildren in Zimbabwe

Laura Savage, Deputy Team Lead DFID Education Research Team, highlights the context for a new booklet providing an over

Posted: 23rd January
Malaria medication
A critical challenge for developing country health systems is to craft policy that gives individuals with curable diseases like malaria and pneumonia access to potentially life-saving medical care, while avoiding that patients consume unnecessary medical treatment or get treated for the wrong illness.
Posted: 16th January
Media interview being filmed


ESRC is offering a one-day media training course for ESRC-funded researchers to develop skills and increase confidence to engage with the media. 

Posted: 14th January
Photograph shows a group of women who are Internally Displaced People (IDPs) exchanging vouchers for charcoal with traders. This is an Oxfam initiative. The traders can redeem vouchers for cash.
ESRC-DFID grant-holder, Ben Campbell, highlights how energy resilience narratives are providing culturally nuanced information on poor peoples' energy needs, vulnerabilities and precarities.
Posted: 8th January
Conference Director, Dr Vicky Johnson outlines her key learnings from the Power of Partnership: Research to Alleviate Poverty event hosted by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership which took place in Delhi in December 2018.