The DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) is a jointly-funded initiative launched in 2011 by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). DEGRP is a £20.9 million programme focused on economic growth and related issues in low income countries (LICs).

The aim of DEGRP is to strengthen evidence-based policymaking that contributes to inclusive and economically sustainable growth and poverty reduction in LICs, through enhanced quality and impact of relevant social science research. Since its inception in 2011, DEGRP has facilitated cutting-edge social science research, with large potential for impact on policy and practice.

Following a soft merge in 2014 with the DFID-ESRC China and Africa research programme and additional budget of £4.5 million, the DEGRP focuses on four themes; agriculture and growth; innovation and productivity growth; financial sector development and growth; and China and Africa.


In addition to building high quality evidence, the programme also aims to ensure that the research is used and has an impact on growth policy in developing countries. The Evidence and Policy Group (EPG) was contracted in September 2012 to support both the programme and its projects to maximise the profile, uptake and impact of DEGRP’s research. Visit the DEGRP website for more information.