SOAS University of London

Centre for Development Policy and Research

CDPR Completed Research

AUGUR: Europe and the World in 2030 (2009-2012)

CDPR was successful in 2009 in securing research funding of € 544,000 from the European Commission through participating in a joint bid with six other European partners. CDPR focuses on organising the participation of four research institutes in Brazil, China, India and South Africa. As part of this project CDPR successfully organised the training of researchers from SOAS and partner institutes on a new global macroeconomic model in Thailand in May 2010 and in India in November 2010. Final outputs from this research project can be obtained at The A.U.G.U.R Project website.  

Sri Lanka Peace-building Project

Development Studies researchers and CDPR completed a research project entitled “Consolidating Peace: Options for International Assistance in Post-war Sri Lanka” in 2011. This multi-donor funded project was led by Dr. Jonathan Goodhand of the Development Studies department.

Macroeconomic and Social Policies in the Middle East
UNDP Arab States

CDPR completed research on macroeconomic and social policies in the Mashreq region, with a special focus on Egypt. Commissioned by the regional UNDP office, this research formed an important contribution to the UNDP's Arab Development Challenges Report 2011.

Non-Traditional Sources of Development Finance for Ethiopia
UNDP Ethiopia

CDPR researchers helped the Ethiopian government to identify potential non-traditional sources of development finance and to suggest policy interventions needed to free up fiscal space.

Inclusive Growth in the Asia-Pacific Region
Asian Development Bank

CDPR has assisted the ADB in operationalising the monitoring of its contribution to inclusive Growth in Asia and the Pacific. Based on an inclusive-growth index, the project has assessed the development strategies of several Asia-Pacific countries.

Moving Beyond the MDGs

CDPR was invited by UNCTAD to undertake research on ‘Moving beyond the MDG Agenda’. The output from this research formed a background paper for the special session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board in June 2010.

The IMF’s Crisis Response in Low Income Countries
Heinrich-Böll Foundation/ EURODAD/ Third World Network

CDPR researchers critically assessed the IMF’s engagement and policy advice in low-income countries in response to the global economic crisis. Funded by a consortium of NGOs, the research produced an important advocacy paper for use in critical dialogue with the IMF. Read the full report here or consult Has the IMF Abandoned Neoliberalism?, Development Viewpoint No. 51 (pdf; 113kb) .

Inequality and Child Survival
Save the Children UK

CDPR completed a consultancy with the Save the Children United Kingdom on documenting within-country inequalities in Under Five Mortality Rates in developing countries. This work was an input into SCUK’s Child Survival Policy Report, 2009. Development Viewpoint No. 40 summarises part of this work: Targeting Inequalities in Child Mortality, Development Viewpoint No. 40 (pdf; 136kb)

Urban Poverty in Uzbekistan
UNDP Uzbekistan

CDPR led a UNDP-supported consultancy team to Uzbekistan (including experts on housing reform and municipal governance) and partnered with local researchers to produce a Policy Brief for the Government on ‘Addressing Growing Urban Poverty in the Context of the Economic Crisis’. To read more about Uzbekistan’s development process, please consult Development Viewpoint No.44: The Puzzling Success of Uzbekistan's Heterodox Development, Development Viewpoint No. 44 (pdf; 136kb)

Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2011-2020
UNDP Vietnam

CDPR won a UNDP bid for research on the relative competitiveness of Vietnam’s state-owned and private enterprises and worked with researchers at the University of Manchester on the final report, which will be an input into Vietnam’s next Socio-Economic Development Strategy.