What is the evidence on the impact of research on international development?

by Kirsty Newman, Will Evans, Stefan Dercon et al.
Department for International Development (DFID), July 2014

72 pp. 1.5 MB:
http://www.ukcds.org.uk/sites/default/files/content/resources/What%20is%20the%20e
vidence%20on%20the%20impact%20of%20research%20on%20international%20develop
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Governments of low-income countries and international development donors are increasing their funding for research at least in part on the assumption that research has positive impacts on socio-economic development. This literature review examines the evidence base related to this assumption. It demonstrates that research does make important and significant contributions to socioeconomic development but that some commonly held assumptions about how research leads to change are not backed up by the evidence.

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