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The Global Development Institute joins major research project on South-South migration, inequality and development
19 December 2018
A group of leading international migration experts has won backing from the UK government’s science and research funding agency to explore how South-South migration is affecting inequality and development in less developed regions.

Duchess of Sussex & GDI part of roundtable on higher education
7 December 2018
Prof Uma Kothari met with Meghan Markle to discuss how higher education can help build a better world.

GDI alumnus wins prestigious award for his PhD research on family in Colombia
26 November 2018
GDI alumnus and honorary fellow Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia, has been announced as the winner of the Fundacio Antonio Restrepo Barco Award for research on family in Colombia.

The Rt Hon Helen Clark at the Global Development Institute Annual lecture
19 November 2018
Former New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon Helen Clark spoke on “Women – Equality – Power” to a public audience at The University of Manchester.

How do we value development, the environment and conservation? Book out now.
23 October 2018
A new book edited by Sarah Bracking, Aurora Fredrikson, Phil Woodhouse, and Sian Sullivan challenges the dominance of economics as the measure of all value.

GDI alumni advises Nigerian Presidency on Sustainable Development Goals.
1 October 2018
GDI Alumni Bala Yusuf Yunusa has been appointed Technical Advisor to the Office of the Nigerian President on SDGs.

GDI Alumni appointed as President of Colombia's public pension and social security administrator, Colpensiones
28 September 2018
Juan Miguel Villa completed his PhD research on antipoverty transfer programmes in 2015 with us. He then went to work in a research position in Washington DC at the Inter-American Development Bank and is now returning to his native Colombia in a senior position.

NSU Delegation Visits GDI
18 September 2018
A high level delegation from North South University (NSU), Bangladesh visited the Global Development Institute (GDI) on Tuesday 11th September 2018.

GDI welcomes new researchers to the team
7 September 2018
The Global Development Institute is pleased to welcome new researchers to support our growing range of work.

A warm welcome to the Global Development Institute to our incoming students
10 September 2018
You’re joining us at fascinating time for Development Studies.

GDI alumni plays role to shape the peaceful future of South Sudan
4 September 2018
GDI Alumni Rajab Mohandis is a South Sudanese academic who is using his skills and experience to contribute to a peaceful future for this new nation.

Centre for Development Informatics begins new collaborative project on the digital gig economy in South Africa
10 August 2018
There are millions of platform workers globally, doing work outsourced or organised via digital platforms or apps in the gig economy.

New GDI research project asks whether regional value chains undermine decent work, or promote labour standards
4 September 2018
A new research project, led by Professor Stephanie Barrientos will seek to answer this question, by investigating the role of value chains in promoting decent work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change - Book Goes Open Access
25 July 2018
Rising sea levels and worse cyclones forced Bangladeshis to take the lead in combating climate change, at home and internationally. Their story has become open access and can be downloaded for free.

Former Brazilian President visits Global Development Institute.
22 June 2018
The Global Development Institute hosted a visit from the former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff yesterday (Thursday 21 June) as part of a study tour she is undertaking across the UK.

GDI to investigate deindustrialisation in cities in the Global South
31 May 2018
Senior Lecturer at the Global Development Institute Seth Schindler has been awarded an ESRC grant for a new research project looking at deindustrialisation in the South, the first large-scale multi-site comparative research project of its kind.

GDI researcher supports Dutch government to help NGOs work more politically and effectively
11 May 2018
GDI researcher Nicola Banks is working with the Dutch government in shaping research that will help them reorient their funding of NGOs in a way that helps them to think and act more politically.

Alumna wins British Council award
4 May 2018
Two alumnae of the Global Development Institute have been recognised for their work at the Study UK Alumni Awards.

Researchers work to tackle cardiovascular deaths in rural Indonesia
23 April 2018
A researcher from The University of Manchester's Global Development Institute has been part of a team testing an innovative new intervention in Indonesian healthcare, which could improve life expectancy in Indonesia.

Three PhD scholarships for FutureDAMS Research Centre
18 April 2018
The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute is pleased to announce three PhD studentships to fund doctoral research on priority issues related to its FutureDAMS Research Centre

Research network at the Global Development Institute investigates the resurgence of national planning for development
17 April 2018
In the last 10 years, the number of countries with a national development plan has almost doubled. In 2006, about 60 countries had a national development plan. By 2016, the number of plans grew to 116 and now includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Theatre production supported by University researchers up for award
13 April 2018
A play on migration produced by a theatre group and researchers from The University of Manchester is up for a PR award for Best Use of Creativity.

Development studies alumna appointed to historic Foreign Office position
13 April 2018
An alumna of the Global Development Institute has been appointed the first black female high commissioner.

6 Fully Funded Master’s Scholarships Announced for African Students
15 March 2018
The Global Development Institute Merit Awards provide 6 full scholarships for academically excellent professionals studying a GDI campus-based master’s course commencing in September 2018. The scholarship covers the tuition fees, living expenses, flights to the UK and visas.

How aid can be done better
14 February 2018
Pablo Yanguas has written a provocative book which looks at the truth behind aid and the reality of ‘taking sides’ in aid.

Tony Shorrocks joins Global Development Institute GDI as Honorary Professor
6 February 2018
British economist, Tony Shorrocks, has been made an Honorary Professor at the Global Development Institute (GDI) in acknowledgement of his contribution to researching inequality.

Celebrating 60 Years of Development Studies at The University of Manchester
24 January 2018
Over the course of 2018, the Global Development Institute will be celebrating 60 years of Development Studies at The University of Manchester.

Dr Oliver Bakewell joins the Global Development Institute
5 January 2018
His work focuses on the intersections between migration and mobility and processes of development and change, with an empirical focus on migration within Africa.

Joanne Jordan’s climate change documentary wins prestigious award
15 November 2017
The documentary based on a GDI academic’s research about disadvantaged people in Bangladesh dealing with climate change has won a highly-respected Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Award.

GDI to host the Development Studies Association annual conference in June 2017
9 November 2017
The Global Development Institute has been selected to host the annual Development Studies Association (DSA) conference, which will focus on global inequalities.

Bina Agarwal establishes new book prize
7 November 2017
The prize is named after her parents, Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal

Dr Amani Abou-Zeid wins outstanding alumni achievement award
9 October 2017
H.E. Dr Armani Abou-Zeid, who completed her PhD at the Global Development Institute in 2000 has been presented with an Outstanding Alumni Achievement award by the University.

Faculty of Humanities launches Manchester Migration Month
9 October 2017
Manchester Migration Month - a series of events, activities and features that explore migration's relationship with inequality, social justice, belonging and Brexit - runs from 9 October to 4 November.

Education, geography and development studies shine in new Times Higher Education World University Rankings
5 October 2017
The University of Manchester ranked 68th worldwide in first-ever education list, and 34th for social sciences - which incorporates geography and development studies.

Dr Joanne Jordan nominated for Research in Film Awards
25 September 2017
Dr Jordan has been short-listed for the International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices.

Professor Bina Agarwal wins prestigious Balzan Prize
22 August 2017
Professor Agarwal was recognised in the gender studies category for her “heroic” work studying women’s contributions to agriculture in India.

Open Access: What Works for Africa’s Poorest?
22 August 2017
The edited volume is available as a free download through the Open Access scheme.

Manchester researchers win £7.5 million to ensure the next generation of dams promote sustainable development
20 July 2017
An international consortium of researchers led by The University of Manchester will spend 4 years working to improve the economic, social and environmental impact of dams, after it was awarded £7.5m by Research Councils UK, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Bina Agarwal awarded the Order of Agricultural Merit by France
4 July 2017
In a ceremony at the French embassy in Delhi, Professor Bina Agarwal was awarded Order of Agricultural Merit (Ordre du Mérite Agricole).

Bina Agarwal awarded Agropolis Fondation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize
5 June 2017
The award reflects her “Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development”.

Double success at the Making a Difference Awards
12 May 2017
Dr Joanne Jordan and Hamza Arsbi both received awards for their work.

What Works for Africa’s Poorest?
20 March 2017
Three GDI researchers, Professor David Hulme, Dr David Lawson and Dr Lawrence Ado-Kofie, have edited a volume studying why policies and programmes work to reduce poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa – and why sometimes they don’t.

Global Development Institute alumna elected to African Union
13 January 2017
Dr Amani Abou-Zeid will serve as the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.

The Global Development Institute celebrates its first birthday
13 January 2017
Over 100 journal articles, £5 million in funding, public engagement and research impact in year one.

Three new lecturers join the GDI
13 January 2017
The three will take up their posts in January 2017

Open Access: The Politics of Inclusive Development
5 January 2017
The book is available for free through the open access scheme.

GDI academics awarded over £350,000 to lead three strategic networks
5 January 2017
The networks will see the academics collaborating with partners to produce innovative and ground-breaking research.

Jaco Renken appointed lecturer for information and communication technology for development
5 January 2017
His new role continues the Institute’s commitment to ITC4D.

Global Development Institute academics part of consortium awarded £5 million by DFID India
10 November 2016
Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth in India

How Bangladesh is confronting climate change head on
3 November 2016
David Hulme from The University of Manchester has co-authored a new book, which demonstrates how Bangladeshis are confronting climate change head on by playing key roles in international agreements and dealing with the environmental damage caused by cyclones and floods.

The Lived Experience of Climate Change shortlisted for national public engagement award
31 October 2016
Dr Joanne Jordan’s project highlighted the day to day impacts of climate change in Dhaka.

Research by Professor Stephanie Barrientos guides new strategy on women’s empowerment in cocoa communities
1 November 2016
Mondelēz International has published a new and expanded strategy for promoting women’s empowerment in cocoa supply chains, which draws heavily on GDI research.

Two GDI researchers awarded ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund grants.
25 October 2016
Both Mathilde Maitrot and Fortunate Machingura both carried out their PhD’s at the Institute.

“I came to this University a refugee and I went home a revolutionary” says new Honorary doctor Winnie Byanyima
20 October 2016
The University of Manchester awarded an honorary degree to the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, as part of its Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday 19 October.

Effective States research centre receives major funding boost
11 October 2016
We are delighted to announce that DFID has awarded The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) an additional £3.1 million to extend our pioneering research until 2019. This brings the total award of funding for ESID to £9.3 million over nine years.

Bina Agarwal elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, Italy
8 August 2016
She is the second woman and the second Indian to be elected to this prestigious body.

Should Rich Nations Help the Poor?
17 June 2016
GDI Executive Director, Professor David Hulme, has written a short and accessible analysis of why and how rich nations should help poor people and poorer countries.

Justine Greening leads debate on economic empowerment
7 June 2016
The Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening spoke about the economic empowerment of women at the Global Development Institute (GDI) today (19 May).

Tanja Bastia awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship
15 June 2016
She will continue her work on ageing and migration.

Nicola Banks wins Making a Difference Award
15 June 2016
The award recognised her motorbike taxi savings and employment scheme.

Dr Subhasish Dey wins Teaching Award
15 June 2016
The annual award is presented by The University of Manchester Students’ Union.

Diana Mitlin becomes managing director of the Global Development Institute
24 June 2016
Uma Kothari will step down after her three year term.

Bina Agarwal conferred the Order of Agricultural Merit by France
20 April 2016
Professor Agarwal recently released ‘Gender Challenges’ a three volume compendium of selected papers.

Three new lecturers appointed at the Global Development Institute
12 April 2016
Tomas Frederiksen, Tom Lavers and Rory Horner will be in post by 1 September 2016.

Global Development Institute academics awarded over £1 million in funding
24 March 2016
The grants will help carry out three new research projects.

Winnie Byanyima launches our new institute
19 February 2016
The Global Development Institute officially launched on February 17 with a key note speech on inequality, delivered by Oxfam Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.

World’s first doctoral college for international development opens at The University of Manchester
16 November 2015
The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College will sit within the new Global Development Institute. It is the first UK doctoral college to be funded by philanthropy

Manchester amongst the world’s best for Development Studies
5 May 2015
The University of Manchester has been ranked in the top three in the world for Development Studies in the latest QS World University rankings.

Thinking through the Global Goals
7 September 2015
The official adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marks a distinct shift in the international agenda.

New statistics on inequality demand action
21 October 2015
Professor David Hulme questions when there will be a system change that stems rising global inequality.