Over the last 60 years impact has been at the core of what we do and 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.
We carry out interdisciplinary research and collaborate with partner organisations, experts and academics in the Global South. We’ve helped countries to redesign their social protection systems, improved supply chains for women farmers and assisted community groups to improve access to basic services and housing. Our groundbreaking research was ranked first for impact in the last Research Excellence Framework.
Our impact work takes many forms and we work with a wide variety of partners. Our researchers are supported by our Communications and Impact team, as well as colleagues from across The University of Manchester.
ESID has worked with governments to enable them to use a research-based understanding of what drives the commitments of political elites and of governments' capacity to deliver development.
Gindo Tampubolon created SMARThealth which helped identify Indonesians at high cardiovascular risk. The programme is now available to 3 million residents in Malang.
Nicola Banks has worked with the Dutch government to expand their understanding of NGO funding and establish a new funding framework, which has improve the capacity of Dutch and Southern NGOs.
Stephanie Barrientos' work enhancing the wellbeing of women workers has directly impacted the gender equality strategies of Nike, M&S and Mondelez/Cadbury.
Diana Mitlin has worked extensively with social movements and activist groups, helping to produce academic research which can provide useful knowledge for social movements.
Bina Agarwal’s research led an international organisation and several NGOs to introduce group farming in India and Nepal.
Rory Horner, David Hulme and colleagues have led new understandings of global development for the 21st century.
SAFI highlighted farmer-led irrigation and worked with governments to support smallholder irrigation
Our research centres create networks across sectors and have fostered changes to approaches and policies. The centres bring together academic institutions, civil society groups, NGOs and governments to look at new ways of approaching development.
Our researchers have made sustained contributions to the field of development studies. Over the past few years, we have hosted five major international conferences, provided two Development Studies Association Presidents and a European Association of Development Research Vice-President, as well as eight full journal editorships.
Many of our researchers have made hugely impacted development discourse. Uma Kothari’s research on race in development has formed an important cornerstone in the increasing discussions about decolonising development and new ways of undertaking development research and practice. Richard Heeks' has set out the case for a shift from ICT4D to digital development as ICTs become the platform that mediates development rather than just the tools to enable particular aspects of development.
Joseph Hanlon, Armando Barrientos and David Hulme's ‘Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the Global South' helped summarise the evidence of the benefits of cash transfers and alongside Armando Barrientos' research helped encourage greater use of social assistance programmes across the Global South.
Our researchers continue to take on the most pressing issues and have responded to Covid-19 extensively examining the ongoing responses and impacts it is having across the world.
- Antipoverty cash transfers in the global South
- Cadbury invests £45 million in sourcing fair trade cocoa
- Capacity development and policy influence in Zimbabwe
- Farm scale and viability
- Food security in Africa: Crop choice, gender and children
- Growing up on the streets
- Improving NGO practice and accountability
- National social protection strategies in Bangladesh
- The Lived Experience of Climate Change: A Story of One Piece of Land in Dhaka
- Truce? Imperial War Museum challenges visitors on the complexities of peace-making
- Upgrading informal settlements via women-led community action
- Urban youth, poverty and inequality in Tanzania
- What works for grassroots-led-development?