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How we make a difference in the world

Our research explores the challenges that face rising economic powers, such as Brazil, China and India, as well as other middle-income developing countries. These countries have experienced rapid economic growth and social and political change. Our approach is based on understanding that such middle-income developing countries confront different challenges and questions to those faced by the world's very poorest countries. 

In emerging countries, foreign aid is often irrelevant in comparison to domestic resources. Many have experienced sustained growth and now have expanded middle, yet insecure, classes. However, these same countries are often home to substantial poverty alongside the new wealth. The majority of the world's poor live in countries officially categorised by the World Bank as 'middle income'. 

Social change has been driven by rapid integration of national economies into global markets over the past 30 years. Global trade and investment have created substantial opportunities for economic growth, but not everyone has benefited. 

Our research examines these problems in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on Asia and Latin America. These two regions are vastly different, but both present a challenge to the historical global dominance of Europe and the USA. They offer an opportunity to reinterpret the meaning of 'international development'. 

Key partners in building impact

  • International civil society, especially developmental multilateral organisations and the United Nations family; 
  • national government departments and agencies, including those from overseas governments;
  • the European Union and its component agencies; and
  • international non-governmental organisations and charities.

Staff associate positions

Our staff hold associate positions at various universities and have links with universities in East and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the USA. 

These include:

The Catholic University, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile); The Catholic University (Ecuador); The Chinese Agricultural University, Wuhan University (China); Cornell University, George Mason University, Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh University of California, Notre Dame (USA); Ewha Womans' University, Korea University (Korea); Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil); Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); Padjadjaran University (Indonesia); Universidad Católica del Peru (Peru); University Indonesia (Indonesia) 

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