Development Frontiers - call 2

In October 2016 we will be launching a new funding opportunity within the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research which will fund innovative, strategic and catalytic research that offers new ways to tackle the challenges encountered at the intersections between sustainability, poverty and conflict/fragility in specific geographic contexts. 

Poverty research grants 2014-15 call

The 2014-15 call of the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research focused on three key research areas: pathways in and out of poverty; political and institutional conditions for poverty reduction; and development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The following grants were funded under this call:

  • Insecurity and Uncertainty: Marginalised young people's living rights in fragile and conflict affected situations in Nepal and Ethiopia
  • Poverty Alleviation and Women Refugees in the Middle East: Empowerment through Grassroots Micro-Entrepreneurship?
  • Investigating 'pockets of effectiveness' in developing countries: a new route to building state capacity for development
  • Towards a Relational Approach to Agency for Mapping Pathways Into and Out of Poverty
  • A comparative study of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative poverty eradication interventions in extremely poor areas of Northern Ghana
  • Impact of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective wellbeing and solidarity across generations
  • Improving research infrastructure on social assistance
  • Integrated policies to Reduce Poverty in its Many Dimensions
  • A Behavioural Economic Analysis of Reproductive Health in Burkina Faso and Tanzania
  • Can financial products reduce poverty and vulnerability? Experimental evidence from Benin on the impact of access to saving accounts and microcredit.
  • Women Empowerment, Social Norms and Domestic Violence
  • Choice constraint and the gender dynamics of labour markets in West Bengal
  • Supporting the social mobility of trapped populations in very poor urban areas
  • The Accountability Politics of Reducing Health Inequities: Learning from Brazil and Mozambique.

ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers scoping workshop: the intersection of sustainability, poverty and conflict/fragility

On 7 March 2016 the ESRC and DFID hosted a workshop at The Royal Society in central London to help scope an exciting new £2.5 million research call focused on the intersections between sustainability, poverty and conflict/fragility. Part of ESRC-DFID’s Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, this new call will fund innovative, strategic and catalytic research that offers new ways to tackle the challenges posed by these intersections head-on. 

The Impact Initiative website launch

To maximise the potential for uptake and impact of research from two ESRC-DFID co-funded programmes, including the joint fund, in spring 2015 we appointed the Impact Initiative to support this process. Over the next four years the Initiative - a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and the University of Cambridge’s Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre - will work at a programme/cross-grant level to add value to the successful impact-promoting activities already undertaken by individual research teams. 

The Initiative website was launched in November 2015.


2016 Impact evaluation of the Joint Fund

This impact evaluation, produced for ESRC/DFID by Ecorys and IDS, provides a thorough and insightful assessment of the impact of the Joint Fund on policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders over the ten years since it began.

Evidence synthesis on Joint Fund research

ESRC and DFID set four groups of researchers a challenging task: to look across the more than 100 diverse projects funded through the Joint Fund and synthesise and assess the evidence they had generated on a number of themes: children and young people; gender; health; and research methods. The resulting reports are valuable pieces of research and rich sources of information, which will be of interest to a broad range of audiences.

2014 Joint fund grant holder conference: Research uptake and impact

In September 2014, ESRC and DFID hosted a conference to enable researchers and others linked to the joint fund to share and learn from each other's experience of research uptake and impact. 

2013 Guiding principles on uptake, impact and communication

These principles focus on how to maximise the potential impact of the research on policy and practice at a scheme level and articulate the funders’ expectations for individual awards around research uptake and impact. They also inform other partnership programmes between DFID and ESRC.

2012 Independent evaluation of ESRC-DFID joint fund

In 2011 the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) was commissioned by the ESRC Evaluation Committee to carry out an independent evaluation of the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.

2011 SAT impact review of phase one grants

This report by the Strategic Advisory Team for Impact provided an initial review and analysis of projects awarded during phase one of the joint fund and their impact, based on analysis of documentation produced by grant holders.

The SAT also produced case studies providing an overview of the findings and potential impact of joint fund research:

2008 Independent evaluation of the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund

An independent review of the first phase of the Joint Fund was undertaken by Technopolis in 2008. ESRC and DFID welcomed the publication of this review which recommended the continuation of the programme.