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Our Research Areas


Our expertise is focused in highly regulated sectors addressing most of the world’s largest ongoing challenges. Our solutions leverage the best of our work across private industry, non-profits, and all levels of government. Tapping into the collective knowledge of IDER’ diverse researcher, we focus our activities on the following sectors:



Three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depend largely on farming. Identifying ways to increase the efficiency and productivity of farmers is crucial to ensuring food security, increasing farmer income, and alleviating poverty. IDER’s research focuses on identifying the drivers of low adoption of technologies and investigates a wide range of approaches that aim to increase the efficiency and productivity of small and medium scale farmers.


Low school attendance, absent or undertrained teachers, and underperforming schools are on-going impediments to educational attainment for poor children around the world. Even when children attend school, they are often still unable to read, write, and do basic maths. Our research rigorously evaluates programs that aim to improve educational outcomes and child school attendance.

Public Health Programs

Public Health Programs

Lack of income, inadequate health services, and poor infrastructure contribute to poor global health. Our studies generates evidence on effective ways to improve access to quality health services and products, and ensure efficient utilization by people. 

Social Protection

Social protection programs have broad mandates to stabilize incomes for the poor, build livelihoods, and protect households from shocks. We are ever ready to collaborate with governments and organizations working in this sector to move households out of extreme poverty by creating economic opportunities for the poor. IDER has a growing body of research on identifying and scaling up effective solutions, including cash transfers, public works, etc.

Financial Inclusion

Low-income households need effective financial tools to help manage and grow their finances. Yet many of the financial services they can access are costly, unsafe, or not well-suited to their needs. We are prepared to partner with service providers, governments, and researchers to design and rigorously test financial services and programs that aim to help households better manage their finances.

Small and Medium Enterprise

Limited access to finance, low levels of human capital, and inefficient markets often constrain businesses in developing countries from growing and creating jobs. Despite countless programs aimed at addressing these barriers to growth, little evidence exists on how to unlock the potential of the SME sector. Our research works seek to discover and promote effective solutions for entrepreneurship and SME growth.

Small and Medium Enterprise


Our works supports policy-relevant studies that contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. We undertake studies that seeks to answer questions related to water resources, marine ecosystems, conservation schemes, air pollution, climate change adaption and mitigation and the effect of social interventions in environmental contexts. IDER conduct studies that generate various types of policy-relevant and useful evidence on how to achieve environmental sustainability, and support populations to be resilient to the impacts of climate change that cannot be avoided.


Core to sustainable developments are Inclusive, sustainable, transparent and accountable government institutions. Focusing on low- and middle-income countries, we are eager to generate evidence in areas such as corruption, transparency and accountability in natural resource governance. We also support the generation and use of evidence on interventions to curb corruption, judicial and civil service reform, land reform, public sector management, conflict prevention and peace building, decentralized governance and public service delivery.


IDER is passionate to undertake impact evaluations for humanitarian programs that provide rigorous evidence to improve the quality of life of people living in fragile and conflict-affected zones. Our impact evaluations studies examine important questions related to nutrition; food security; resilience; water, sanitation and hygiene; and multi-sectoral humanitarian programming. We expect that our studies answer priority questions on effective and efficient ways to deliver humanitarian programming to improve recovery and build resilience of vulnerable and crises-affected populations.


Our works on infrastructure support policy-relevant studies that contribute towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. We are prepared to conduct studies that answer questions related to the effects of infrastructural development on poverty, irrigation schemes, willingness to pay for services, transit systems, railroads and labour markets.



We are prepared to collaborate with government agencies, development partners, NGOs and other organizations that are working on livelihood programmes, to generate rigorous evidence for policymaking decisions. IDER conducts impact evaluations, quality assuring selected evaluations on livelihood interventions and synthesizing and mapping the available evidence on the effectiveness and efficiency of group-based livelihoods interventions.


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