Building impact over time in Zimbabwe

(C)  Kate Holt / AusAID

(C)  Kate Holt / AusAID

Following winning runner up prize for 'Outstanding International Impact', Ian Scoones, Director ESRC STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex discusses the importance of generating impact and how best to sustain it over time. Based on a 15 year study of rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe, the blog explores how to engage with different audiences through a range of channels to generate debate and how to build capacity for critical and engaged research.

The overall study includes funding from DEGRP for the Space, Markets and Employment in Agricultural Development (SMEAD) project, which has enabled the team to expand the research to include additional case study sites in Mvurwi, and continue work in Masvingo. 

The broader SMEAD project aims to build awareness of the relationship between farm and non-farm activities in rural economies in marginalised and impoverished regions of Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.