We’re proud that our research contributes to the development of policy and directly influences the strategies, practices and priorities of a range of public and private organisations.
For example, our research helped Cadbury convert its range of chocolate bars to Fairtrade. In Bangladesh the UNDP and the Bangladesh government enlisted our support to reform and reorganise the country’s social protection systems. And in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe, our reports on poverty and well-being impacted national policy and budget allocations for reform.
The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact ranking in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'.
Cadbury invests £45 million fair trade cocoa
Research into the sustainability of cocoa production commissioned by Cadbury led it to switch its supply to fair trade cocoa.
Capacity development and policy influence in Zimbabwe
Generating knowledge on poverty and well-being in Zimbabwe to enhance evidence-based policy-making.
Farm scale and viability
An assessment of black economic empowerment in sugar production in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.
National social protection strategies in Bangladesh
Working with policy makers and multilaterals to create effective social safety nets and ladders out of poverty.
Upgrading settlements via women-led action
New forms of knowledge co-production are leading to alternative models of urban development.
Urban youth, poverty and inequality in Tanzania
Promoting young people’s well-being through a greater understanding of their social and economic needs.