Emma was in South Africa recently with our Ethiopian colleague Nega Wubie to speak at the Impact Initiative conference on ‘Research as Political Scrutiny’. She took some time out from the conference to talk about our research on the central role of politics in shaping poverty reduction policies and programmes in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. You can also read her conference blog on ‘The Politics of Doing Research on Politics in Africa’ at the conference.

The Impact Initiative for international development research aims to increase the uptake and impact of research from two research programmes jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) one of which is the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research which is funding our project. The Initiative aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and policy engagement and ensure the research outputs of project’s like ours are effectively communicated and shared.