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Published: 2016

Review and synthesis - ten years of research evidence in health and development: ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research

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The ESRC–DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research was established in 2005 in order to ‘provide a robust conceptual and empirical basis for development and enhance the quality and impact of social science research which contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’. The scheme has provided funding to a range of research projects examining how poverty may be tackled in a broad range of economic and social contexts.

This report describes how studies funded by the Joint Fund have Direct and Indirect implications for health/ health services and how they can help to understand the links and pathways between poverty and health. It is an analysis based on the screening of all available documentation and outputs from 121 research projects funded by the Joint Scheme, and a subset of 69 studies that were identified as health related. The screening and review of documents was supplemented by discussions and interviews with current grant-holders who are only just beginning to produce outputs.

Chapter 2 presents the research methodology in more detail. Chapter 3 presents the contextual background for health development research starting at the new millennium. Chapter 4 presents a detailed analysis of 69 projects which had a health dimension. It uses basic descriptive statistics to highlight key trends across the projects as well contextualizes the observations. Chapter 5 discusses key gaps in the studies and methodologies used and provides suggestions for further research and future. The Appendices contain an annotated bibliography of outputs from all the health related studies. This is meant to be a resource that makes the research outputs of funded projects accessible to a wider audience.

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Sridhar Venkatapuram; Adam Coutts; Pooja Mall

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