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News and Views

Posted: 9th November
Picture shows a group of Ethiopian children against rural landscape
How is it that some children, despite growing up in the face of adversity, are able to fare well, and even thrive later in life? What helps children 'overcome the odds' even when the odds are stacked against them? Gina Crivello, Senior Research Officer at Young Lives, explores these questions.
Posted: 2nd November
Child, Ethiopia
In a blog published by Young Lives (2 November 2017), Paul Dornan, shares his reflections on the Putting Children First conference.
Posted: 20th October
Despite important strides in the fight against poverty over the past two decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. From 23-25 October, policymakers, researchers and NGOs will come together to identify solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa at the Putting Children First conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Posted: 19th October
Motorcycle Taxi

About 20 years ago I had the opportunity to go to war-ravaged Sierra Leone to study the demobilisation and reintegration process of ex-child soldiers.

Posted: 17th October
Media interview being filmed

ESRC is offering a one-day media training course for ESRC-funded researchers to develop skills and increase confidence to engage with the media. 

Posted: 17th October
Three women are discussing developmental testing in India
Applications are open for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s Celebrating Impact Prize. This prize now in its sixth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in interdisciplinary, collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.
Posted: 17th October
Boys taking photos with a mobile phone in Ghana
Talking with unemployed young people in Africa about their efforts to find work is often dispiriting; sometimes it is heart-rending. This is especially true of South Africa, where the apartheid legacy continues to compound youth frustrations. A quest for good (or any) employment features strongly in so many young peoples’ stories. But is the ‘mobile phone’ turning this quest around?
Posted: 12th October
A girl in Malawi balances a water container on her head
"If marriage is not universally similar, why should we seek to regulate it in a universal way?" This is a question that Nicola Ansell, researcher for the ESRC-DFID enabled Averting 'New Variant Famine' in Southern Africa project, addressed at the Putting Children First conference which took place in Ethiopia from 23-25 October 2017.
Posted: 21st September
Two women looking at a laptop undertaking development testing in India
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission in 2021 may depress and delight development wonks in equal measure. Read a list of things to like and be alarmed about the REF from James Georgalakis, Director of the Impact Initiative.
Posted: 20th September
UKFIET Workshop 2
Highlights from the Impact Initiative led workshop at the 2017 UKFIET conference which gave education researchers expert insight into working with journalists and the media.