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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Women carrying cartons of oil, IDP camp, Uganda
Women carrying cartons of oil, IDP camp, Uganda

Women carrying cartons of oil to the distribution site at Oromi IDP camp, Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 18 May 2007. WFP is to maintain the 40 percent ration for 1.28 million displaced in northern Uganda its food supplies are normalized.
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Credit: Manoocher Deghati
Source: IRIN

DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme

September 2012 to August 2016
Louise Shaxson (Programme Manager)
Dirk Willem te Velde (Research Leader and Theme Leader - Innovation and Finance), Steve Wiggins (Theme Leader - Agriculture), Cecilia Oppenheim (Programme Coordinator), Caroline Cassidy (Communications Manager)

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) seeks to generate high quality evidence on economic growth in low income countries (LICs).

The first call for proposals focused on three core areas:

·        Financial sector development and growth;

·        Agriculture and growth;

·        Raising productivity and innovation.

ODI is delighted to have been contracted by ESRC to establish the Evidence and Policy Group for the programme, from 2012 to 2016, to help get research into use. It will ensure DEGRP research is effectively synthesised for policy makers, communicated, and used to influence policy and practice on economic growth in LICs

The Evidence and Policy Group is led by Dr Dirk Willem te Velde and Louise Shaxson, and draws on expertise from three ODI programmes: International Economic Development Growth (IEDG), Agricultural Development and Policy, and Research and Policy in Development (RAPID).

ESRC also intends to appoint a Research Strategy Group, by September 2013 for the programme. This will be staffed by leading academic experts to: provide strong leadership of DEGRP’s research direction; frame research calls; and ensure DEGRP delivers high-quality research on key questions of economic growth in developing countries. If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Dan Korbel at ESRC . Until the Research Strategy Group is established, the Evidence and Policy Group at ODI will remain the primary point of contact for the Programme and for DEGRP-funded researchers seeking advice on communications, policy engagement and impact. Please contact the Evidence and Policy Group at degrp@odi.org.uk.

When appointed, the Research Strategy Group will work closely with the Evidence and Policy Group to ensure that DEGRP achieves its aspirations in terms of academic, economic and policy impacts.

For full details on DEGRP and the programme's research, visit the DEGRP Website.


Research and Policy in Development
International Economic Development Group
Agricultural Development and Policy
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) (ESRC-DFID)
Worker in factory, India
Worker in factory, India

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Credit: Ray Witlin
Source: World Bank

Call launch: DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme

Event - Public event - 28 February 2013 12:00 - 15:00 (GMT+00)

A special lunchtime seminar to launch the Second Call for research for a new programme on economic growth in low income countries

Justin Lin
Justin Lin

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How do developing economies grow?

Event - Public event - 17 December 2012 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+00)

Justin Yifu Lin, the first non-Western chief economist of the World Bank and architect of China’s economic reform, is someone we should listen to when he offers his ideas on economic growth. In his book THE QUEST FOR PROSPERITY: How Developing Economies Can Take Off, Lin focuses on what developing nations can do to help themselves, without the need of international assistance or influence, drawing on a lifetime’s worth of research in international economics, from China to the World Bank.