How can research best contribute to a new global agenda for international development? SIID has just published the results of a global consultative exercise called ID100, which sought to identify 100 key questions for development policy and research. These 100 questions, published in an open access working paper with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), were gathered and selected via a broad participatory consultative exercise involving more than 700 people from 34 countries.
They include a combination of long-standing problems as well as new challenges emerging from recent socio-political and environmental changes. Well-established concerns about the rights of women, and of vulnerable groups such as poor workers, small-scale farmers, people with disabilities, children and ethnic minorities feature alongside emerging issues, including the role of business in protecting human rights, and information and communication technologies as tools for empowerment and the value of art in development.
With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) fast approaching at the end of 2015, and a new post-2015 development agenda emerging, the timely paper shows how research can respond to the new international framework for international development worldwide.
The paper was coordinated by Dr Lorenza Fontana, Dr Johan Oldekop, Ms Nicole Roughton and Professor Jean Grugel and published by the Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID) at the University of Sheffield, an interdisciplinary research institute committed to generating new approaches to research and methods in development; and by United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), a research institute within the UN system.