Our work helps to make a real difference

Staff from the School of International Development work with governments and NGOs all over the world. Here are a few examples of how our work helps makes a difference.

Our work with governments

Over the past 2 years Declan Conway  and Peter Lloyd-Sherlock have been seconded part-time to DFID as a Senior Research Fellows. Activities have included presentations at DFID Advisers' retreats on Climate and Environment,  participating in research proposal planning and management meetings and preparing background papers used by DFID Policy and Research Division to guide research programme design. 

Since 2008 Frank Ellis has been a member of the Expert Panel on Social Protection for the Australian government's overseas aid programme, Australian Aid (AusAid). Achievements of this panel have included a review of Australian aid policy towards social transfers in Pacific island states, proposed policy changes to Australian aid policy on social transfers in Asia and Pacific and the catalysing of AusAid decision to engage in social protection initiatives in Africa.

Who else uses our work?

The ReDirect project (Reconciling Biodiversity and Development through Direct Payments for Conservation), led by Adrian Martin, has led to the establishment of payment for eco-system services (PES) on the Rwandan policy agenda.

Vasudha Chhotray undertook a one-year intensive study on the long term trajectories of vulnerability and recovery in Orissa since the 1999 supercyclone, funded by the UNDP. The project findings were disseminated in 2 workshops which involved several senior government officials from the Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA) and the Departments of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, the District Emergency Officers from the project's selected districts, representatives from 20 international NGOs working in Orissa in livelihoods and disaster preparedness, and the DFID regional representative.

Advising International organisations

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock was recently seconded to the WHO's Ageing and Lifecourse Programme as lead planner for a new WHO Programme on Primary Healthcare for Older People. His work on this programme will initiate a range of WHO activities that will continue over the coming years.

Since 2003, Pieter Serneels' research on human resources for health has become increasingly mainstreamed in both World Bank and World Health Organisation (WHO) policy, supported by his role as an informal advisor to The World Bank.

Since 2008, Janet Seeley has been seconded as head of the social science research programme for the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS. Janet has been actively engaged in research on HIV and AIDS since the late 1980s, including four years with MRC in Uganda 1989-1993 as Senior Social Anthropologist, and led the establishment of a social science research in the Unit.

DEV research is regularly cited by international policy institutions including:

  • UN General Assembly and the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights
  • International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • UNIFEM
  • UNESCO
  • WTO, UNEP, DFID