Official Development Assistance (ODA) update

Please refer to ODA review for the latest information on ODA.

Since 2005, the ESRC has committed approximately £40 million to development research, leveraging an additional £160 million from DFID (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other funders, including other UK Research Councils. ESRC-FCDO funded research has been commissioned across three programmes: The Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation, the Growth Research Programme, and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Programme.

Our ESRC-FCDO joint schemes have funded world-class research on a broad range of topics to enhance the quality and impact of social science, and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A key feature of these initiatives has been that they are open to research organisations from anywhere in the world as bid leaders. Over 250 research projects have been funded under the partnership since 2005.

A report produced by an Expert Advisory Group in 2014 (PDF, 970Kb) outlined challenges and future priorities in international development research. In order to meet those challenges we maintained and developed our outstanding working relationship with FCDO and sought out new partnerships and collaborations. This has allowed us to continue to deliver research which has far-ranging and diverse impacts on the research community, on policymakers and practitioners, and on the lives of poor people in some of the world’s least developed countries.

Follow the links below for more information on the three programmes.