DEGRP researcher launches new book as programme ends

September 28, 2021

DEGRP grant holder Dan Brockington (Co-Director of the Sheffield Institute for International Development) launched yesterday the book Prosperity in Africa: insights into wealth, assets, and poverty from longitudinal studies in Tanzania, which he co-edited with Christine Noe (University of Dar es Salaam).

The book presents the most comprehensive collection of longitudinal studies for any single African country, including a diverse set of case studies that provide a fresh way of thinking about, and measuring, change in rural areas. It is available to buy and available to download under Open Access here. Read a thread on Twitter from Dan Brockington about the bookr here. The launch of the book coincides with the close of the DEGRP programme, which comes to an official end on 30 September.


Joint statement from FCDO, ESRC and the EPG team at ODI

As DEGRP comes to an end, the Growth Research Team at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Evidence and Policy Group (EPG) at ODI would like to thank all DEGRP researchers for the contribution that their research has made to the global evidence base on economic growth over the past 10 years. The programme has produced no fewer than 315 journal articles in high-quality journals as well as numerous other types of outputs to communicate the research findings. To date, there have been at least 89 examples of outcomes among various development actors such as multi-laterals, donors, national governments, think tanks and the private sector – with some significant real-world impacts on poverty reduction for various groups of people in low-income countries.

The DEGRP, as part of the wider ESRC-FCDO strategic partnership, has added to the knowledge-base of research in economic development and growth whilst complementing research undertaken within the other joint ESRC-FCDO programmes. As a whole, these have contributed to the shaping of other UKRI-wide programmes such as the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund. While DEGRP is ending, the importance of the research funded will live on as we are still seeing projects, and spin-off projects, continue to influence thinking, policies and practices across a range of countries and sectors. Economic development and growth will continue to be important topics, especially in the context of the pandemic recovery.

The EPG team at ODI highlight the enormous privilege it has been to work with all DEGRP researchers, helping develop new research partnerships and strengthen existing ones across the African continent and in Asia. We welcome continued engagement with DEGRP researchers and collaborations beyond programme closure.