Topic Guides are outputs of the DFID CEIL PEAKS programme, designed to contribute to a range of learning resources to support the professional competence of DFID advisors. Academically rigorous, the Guides draw on case studies to inform key issues and policy debates. Professor Frank Ellis compiled the first CEIL PEAKS Topic Guide on Agriculture and Growth. This Guide focuses on key issues such as chronic food insecurity in Africa; climate change and long term agricultural outcomes; and non-farm pathways and rural urban transitions. Issues such as gender and agricultural growth, and promoting growth in post-conflict states are also discussed.
DEV has an international reputation for its research in a range of sectors. Faculty research contributes significantly to academic debate and discussion, publication in peer reviewed and other academic journals, and designing and implementing cutting edge research. It also informs applied work, very often providing evidence for programme design, implementation and management, both at a local level, and also at an organisational, policy and strategic level. Researchers and external associates draw on their expertise of working in a range of developing countries to inform their approach and practice in international consultancy work. They are able to interact with people at a local level, and in positions of seniority; they draw on global expertise to apply lessons learnt to differing contexts; and they are driven by a deep understanding of current development issues, and the importance of addressing inequality and poverty.
DEV has strong links with donors such as, for example, DFID, World Bank, and UN organisations. We actively network with NGOs, other charitable companies, and private companies, to share skills and expertise where relevant, and can provide short term, targeted inputs to programmes throughout the project cycle. DEV is a core partner on five DFID frameworks: The Climate Environment, Livelihoods and Infrastructure (CEIL) Professional Evidence and Knowledge Services (PEAKS); this information hub is providing a range of resources – including technical expertise, learning resources, and evidence-based publications – to DFID advisers and the wider development community. We are also active partners on the Global Evaluation Frameworks Agreement; the Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Services Framework; Social Development in Conflict Affected Environments framework; and Wealth Creation framework, Lot B - Rural Economic Development, Livelihoods, and Natural Resources Management.