IDS Bulletin

Exploring Research-Policy Partnerships in International Development

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IDS Bulletin: 50.1

Editors: Georgalakis, J. and Rose, P.
Publisher: IDS
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This special issue of the IDS Bulletin aims to identify how partnerships focused on the production of policy-engaged research seek to achieve societal impact and explores the challenges in these processes. The collaborations analysed span academia, civil society and government, from the grassroots to the national and global levels. By locating these examples within the broader debates on interactions between researchers and research users designed to strengthen evidence informed decision making, this publication offers concepts and practices to inform those funding, designing and undertaking development research.
 
The featured case studies are explored through the perspectives of both researchers and their partners in civil society and policy. They are predominantly taken from a diverse portfolio of research projects funded through the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) Strategic Partnership. A collaboration with the Impact Initiative, this IDS Bulletin is essential reading for all those in research organisations, development agencies and donors committed to the better use of evidence and learning for development.
 
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  • Foreword
    Diana Dalton, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Focus projects: 

This research examines common systemic barriers disabled people encounter when accessing services, and the lack of information and inclusion in national level poverty reduction strategies.
A new set of initiatives, called graduation programmes, target poor households with asset transfers and income support for a fixed period. The objective is to graduate poor households out of poverty and support their resilience so they do not fall back into poverty.

Principal Investigator: Mushtaque Chowdhury. Lead Organisation: BRAC Centre

Co-investigators: Asheek Mohammad Shimul; Ferdous Jahan; Martin Greeley

The overall aim of the research is to generate new knowledge about how marginalised youth perceive, navigate, negotiate and respond to uncertainty in impoverished fragile and conflict affected communities in Ethiopia and Nepal.
Pupils attending deaf school in Sri Lanka
The research delivers an in-depth understanding of the problems that teachers face supporting students from diverse backgrounds, the teaching practices they adopt, and the kinds of support they need to help all children fulfill their learning potential.
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The project uses Collaborative Participatory Action Research methods and seeks to contribute new analytical evidence to debate and policy about the role and effectiveness of regional formations in health-poverty reduction programmes in the Global South.

Principal Investigator: Mercy Fekadu Mulugeta. Lead Organisation: Institute for Peace and Security Studies

Co-investigators: Kidane Kiros Bitsue; Jennifer Elizabeth Hodbod; Edward Geoffrey Jedediah Stevenson; Fana Gebresenbet Erda; Emma Jayne Tebbs

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What political and institutional conditions are associated with effective poverty reduction and development in Liberia post-conflict, and what can domestic and external actors do to promote them?