Areas of Expertise


Development Analytics is committed to promoting the dissemination of knowledge relating to development issues. A selection of our research is linked below. This includes policy reports presented for clients, academic reports undertaken with our partners and papers written for our own Development Analytics Research Paper Series.


About 1.2 billion people worldwide live under less than 1.25 USD per day, ad this coincides to about 17 percent of the world’s population. Multidimensional measures of poverty may indicate even higher levels of the world’s population facing different kinds of deprivation. The global poor define extreme poverty as a lack of food, a lack of access to infrastructure, being in poor health, being illiterate, and being without a voice. These deprivations, together, put people at a severe disadvantage and, therefore, constitute the multiple dimensions of poverty. Priority actions for poverty eradication include providing access to sustainable livelihoods and equal opportunities for those with lesser means and providing access to basic services such as education, health, and basic infrastructure. Development Analytics focuses on both the measurement of poverty and inequality as well as the evaluations of poverty alleviation and social protection programs under this work program.  The measurement of multidimensional poverty, measurement of inequality of opportunities, the link between poverty and access to basic social services and the targeting, effectiveness, and impact of social protection programs are key components of research projects we have carried out in this field. 

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Youth unemployment and the inability of young people to enter the labour market is a persistent problem of global development. According to ILO estimates, 13 percent of young people globally are unemployed, following a rapid increase in youth unemployment during the global crisis 2007-2010. The skills that young people build during their studies, life-long learning opportunities for young adults (as well as older groups) and linkages between formal and vocational schooling and the labour market prove to be important policy levers for making sure young people are integrated into the labour force and contribute economically and socially to society. Skills development is a primary means of enabling young people to make a smooth transition to work. We focus on the measurement of policies that aim to integrate young women and men in the labour market, including relevant and quality skills training provision of, labour market information, career guidance and employment services and entrepreneurship training and services for youth. 


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The early years of life are crucial not only for individual health and physical development but also for cognitive and social-emotional development. Events in the first few years of life are formative and play a vital role in building human capital, breaking the cycle of poverty, promoting economic productivity, and eliminating social disparities and inequities. Provision of quality and affordable childcare is important not only for the well-being and development of children but also in terms of its impact on female labour force participation and hence directly on women’s empowerment and household welfare. At Development Analytics we approach early childhood care and education policies both from the point of view of children's early development and welfare as well as women’s economic participation in the labour force.  We focus both on developing models of affordable and quality care, as well as measuring the availability, quality and prices for care in our fieldwork. 


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Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. Failure to fully unleash women’s productive potential meanwhile represents a major missed opportunity with significant consequences for individuals, families, and economies. At Development Analytics, we focus on barriers to women’s social, economic participation in society and develop techniques to measure women’s empowerment for field-based programs. 

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Investing in health care policies that improve the delivery, efficiency, and financing of services and that improve equitable distribution of services to the poor can be an important tool in the fight against poverty. At Development Analytics we focus on topics related to the financing and delivery of healthcare access to care and quality of care and health equity. We also specialize in the measurement of maternal and child health care indicators, and focus our attention on delivery of particularly primary health care to children and mothers, while also focusing on topics such as nutrition of mothers and children - as this links to our work on early childhood development. 

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About 70% of the world poor live in rural areas. Rural people are not only isolated from economic opportunities. They also tend to have less access to social services such as health, sanitation, and education; for example, it is estimated that around 1 billion rural households in developing countries lack access to safe water supplies.  Because it is the case that in rural areas a) the poor are small farmers and b) agriculture acts as the engine of growth, investing in agriculture has long been seen as a means of simultaneously addressing both growth and equity issues. Development Analytics focuses on agriculture and rural development in its work program through the lens of impact evaluations in agricultural extension programs and integrated development programs in rural areas.  Rural livelihoods are central to the food security of countries and making sure that basic services are provided at reasonable cost in remote areas, to make sure rural poor also can have access to equal services and opportunities is important for future sustainability of the world’s rural as well as urban populations. 


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Due to multiple crisis and conflicts worldwide, global population of forcibly displaced people increased substantially in the last decade. 42.7 million people were forcibly displaced in 2007, reaching 68.5 million in 2017. 25.4 million of the forcibly displaced are refugees. Durable solutions are necessary for the protection of refugees and improving their wellbeing. Additionally actions regarding child specific outcomes like education are important since 52 percent of the refugees are children. Effective solutions require collaborative efforts from multiple partners including international organizations, donors and host countries.  Development Analytics focuses on forced migration and refugees in its work programme specializing in mixed methods evaluations for the assessment of the projects providing support for refugees.   


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