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Zambia’s informal timber trade

In a new video, Zambian loggers share how they’ve benefitted from informal logging and reflect on the challenge of protecting the forest while safeguarding livelihoods.

Zambia’s cotton at a crossroads

DEGRP researchers interview cotton farmers and cotton industry officials for their views on what can be done to resolve the issue of side-trading in the Zambian cotton sector.

The effect of social ties on smallholder agriculture

Researchers from a DEGRP agriculture project on agricultural innovation have recently collaborated with the N2Africa initiative to create a documentary and website sharing their experiences of engaging in participatory research with a farming community near Lake Kivu,...

Agricultural Supply Chains, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers from a DEGRP-funded project on agricultural supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa have just released a book based on their research findings: Agricultural supply chains, growth and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Part of Springer’s Advances in African...

Building economic opportunities for a better future

On 28 and 29 October 2016, DEGRP, the Overseas Development Institute and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) co-hosted a conference in Nairobi, Kenya exploring how to boost inclusive economic growth in low-income countries. Over 100 researchers,...

Chinese national oil companies in Africa

DEGRP-funded researchers based at the Open University have released a set of short video clips about their research into Chinese oil companies in Africa. Featuring interviews with researchers and members of the project’s international advisory network, the...

DEGRP research findings in Tanzanian government plan

Research findings from a DEGRP innovation project have been included verbatim in the Tanzanian government’s new five-year development plan, released in June. Led by Maureen Mackintosh at the Open University, the project studied the supply chains of essential...

Policy essays: China-Africa: a maturing relationship?

The latest set of DEGRP policy essays explores the implications of changing China-Africa relations for African economic growth and development. Based on discussions at a China-Africa event co-hosted by ODI and the South African Institute for International Affairs...

Achieving Financial Stability and Growth in Africa

DEGRP-funded researchers investigating financial regulation in low-income countries have just released their latest book, Achieving Financial Stability and Growth in Africa. The newest addition to Routledge’s Critical Studies in Finance and Stability series, the...

Stakeholder engagement in Uganda: From findings to recommendations

Arriving at policy recommendations from research findings is no simple task, and ensuring those recommendations are relevant is more complicated still. DEGRP agriculture researchers exploring agricultural investment decisions in Uganda were well aware of this when...

Local health and industrialisation in Africa

In collaboration with Palgrave Macmillan, researchers from a DEGRP-funded project on Industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for inclusive growth have released their project’s flagship publication: ‘Making Medicines in...

China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change & resilience

DEGRP, ODI, and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) recently hosted a one day workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa to explore key issues influencing Sino-African relations. Held at the same time as the second summit of the Forum on...

Diffusion of innovation in Low-Income Countries

  On 2 November 2015, DEGRP and the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD, University of Oxford) co-hosted a high-level conference on the diffusion of innovation in Low-Income Countries (LICs). Held at ODI’s offices in London, the conference...

Shaping economic transformation in Tanzania – Policy essays

Inspired by a high-level conference co-hosted by DEGRP and REPOA in Tanzania earlier this year, the latest set of DEGRP policy essays looks at the challenges of and potential solutions for economic transformation and growth in Tanzania. Featuring contributions from...

DEGRP project in UKCDS top 20 impact case studies

Research from a DEGRP-funded innovation project on industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for inclusive growth has made it into UKCDS’ top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to global development. Submitted to the...

China’s engagement in Africa – expert interviews

DEGRP has just launched a set of video interviews with researchers from our newest research theme – China-Africa. Filmed as part of a workshop in London in July, the interviews offer insights from leading global experts on the current state of China-Africa relations,...

Improving productivity in developing countries

On 8 – 9 July 2015 the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) conducted its first summer conference, ‘Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to...

New China-Africa research

Africa has seen unprecedented growth in the last decade, with China’s engagement in sub-Saharan Africa playing a part in this. Following the launch of the DEGRP China-Africa research stream, five projects have been selected to examine this development impact and...

Building impact over time in Zimbabwe

Ian Scoones, Director of the ESRC STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, recently wrote a blog discussing the importance of generating impact and how best to sustain it over time. Based on a 15 year study of rural livelihoods in...

Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs

DEGRP-funded researcher Ian Scoones has written two blogs focusing on new agricultural entrepreneurs:‘Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs I: pig production’ and ‘Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs II: Poultry’. Based on findings from the Space,...

The politics of irrigation in Tanzania

In Tanzania, lack of clarity over who should regulate and control water access causes competition between farmers, urban dwellers and foreign investment. A new article published in the Guardian by DEGRP-funded agriculture researchers draws on DEGRP research to set out...

Gender imbalance in Bangladesh’s Garment Sector

DEGRP-funded researchers based at the International Growth Centre have just released a policy brief summarising new evidence from a study into management practices and productivity in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry. Key findings so far include the...

Shaping Tanzanian transformation

This February, ODI and Tanzanian thinktank REPOA co-hosted a high-level workshop in Dar es Salaam, with the aim of discussing challenges and solutions for economic transformation in the country. The event brought together several DEGRP-funded projects, as well as the...

The rural economy in Zimbabwe

Land reform has radically transformed the rural economy in Zimbabwe. DEGRP-funded Researchers from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at South Africa’s University of the Western Cape have just launched a new series of films that explore the...

Why is innovation so critical for development?

  What do we mean by innovation? How can governments encourage innovators, and how can this help with development? A new video from Oxford University’s Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) explores these questions, featuring comments from...