Health, education, protection, livelihoods, and livelihoods of children and young people in developing and fragile contexts.

Investigating the role of sport, cultural and educational programmes in sustainable development among young people in low-income countries, tackling poverty, conflict in fragile states, environmental sustainability, and gender inequality.
Schoolchildren from Thamel, Kathmandu
Principal Investigator: Robin Shields. Lead Organisation: University of Bath
 
Co-investigators: Stephen Carney; Swati Banerjee; Hugh Lauder; Andres Sandoval Hernandez; Ganesh Bahadur Singh; P.K. Shajahan
 
The project will investigate how the accountability of schools differs according the school management model and whether accountability is linked to differences in learning outcomes.
Outdoor classes in Afghanistan

Principal Investigator: Jean-Francois Trani. Lead Organisation: Washington University in St Louis

Co-investgators: Sheretta Butler-Barnes; Nidhi Singal; Atika Pasha; Juanita Vasquez-Escallon; Parul Bakhshi; Peter Hovmand; Aminulhaq Mayel; Farah Said; Sanjeev Kumar Rai; Muhammad Tahir Waqar

Students at the Cestos High School, Liberia.
Principal Investigator: Justin Sandefur. Lead Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action
 
Liberia's public education system is moribund. The civil war of 1999-2003 and the Ebola epidemic of 2014 have left the Ministry of Education with little capacity to run a national school system.
Indian children at school near Bodh Gaya
This project focuses on learning outcomes for 'disadvantaged learners' in India: children of primary school age who are disadvantaged by a range of structural inequalities, which are often cross-cutting, such as gender, location, caste, and class.
Blog: Research impact - make it, don’t fake it
Kelly Shephard, Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy at IDS, presents a new series of impact stories, produced by the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative, which examine a range of challenges that occurred during the research process, the different approaches taken, and how barriers in achieving impact were overcome. Ultimately, the stories demonstrate how research funded through the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership is improving the lives of people around the world in positive ways.

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