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Global Development and poverty research

Underpinning a significant part of the work of the Foundation are the inter-related issues of poverty and global development.

The Foundation has made a significant contribution to the creation of world-class research into global poverty through its gift to set up, and the ongoing support for the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) at the University of Manchester, one of the world’s largest cross-disciplinary centres for poverty research.

The BWPI has now been merged with the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) to create the Global Development Institute (GDI). The Foundation has also helped fund the creation of  Brooks Doctoral College at the GDI – the first of its kind to focus on postgraduate research of international development.

It provides opportunities for up to 100 early career researchers and bolsters the University’s commitment to addressing global inequalities and making a difference to the lives of people living in poverty.

The Foundation has also funded two large international conferences in partnership with the University of Manchester – The Johannesburg Global Poverty Summit and the Capturing the Gains Summit, co-funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).