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Major research partnerships

The UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease

This is a research partnership of social and medical scientists based in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, The Netherlands, Malaysia, South Africa, the UK and the US. The partnership was established in 2006 with funding from the British Academy awarded to Dr Ama de-Graft Aikins (LSE Health, University of Ghana) and Dr Daniel Arhinful (University of Ghana).It aims to develop interdisciplinary models for chronic disease research, intervention and policy, to address the public health challenges for Africans both in Africa and in Europe.

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Health Inc.

The Health Inc. project was launched in May 2011 to research socially inclusive health service financing in Ghana, Senegal and India. The three-year project is funded through the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7) and is a joint collaboration between the London School of Economics, LSE Health (the coordinating partner), the  Institute of Tropical Medicine|  in Antwerp,  Tata Institute of Social Science  |in Mumbai,  Institute of Public Health|  in Bangalore,  Research Centre on Social Policies| in Senegal and the  Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research|  in Ghana.

Health Inc. puts forward the hypothesis that social exclusion is an important cause of the limited success of recent health financing reforms in low and middle income countries. Fieldwork (household surveys and semi-structured interviews) will be conducted in Ghana, Senegal and India to investigate this issue and analyse the extent to which different types of health financing arrangements overcome social exclusion and help increase social inclusion through the empowerment of socially marginalised groups.  

International Growth Centre

The International Growth Centre| (IGC) offers independent advice on economic growth to governments of developing countries. Based at LSE and in partnership with Oxford University, the IGC is initiated and funded by DFID. IGC has active country programmes in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India (Central and Bihar), Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Rwanda and supports over seventy individual research projects on issues of governance, human capital, agriculture, infrastructure, trade, firm capability, state capacity, macroeconomics and political economy. 

The Justice and Security Research Programme  (JSRP)

The Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) is an international consortium funded for six years by the UK Department for International Development. The consortium is developing a research programme which foregrounds the end-user perspective and will seek to examine why justice and security remain such challenging aspects of everyday life in conflict-affected situations. The JSRP plans to undertake research in Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and DRCongo, as well as former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. For more information email:  intdev.jsrp@lse.ac.uk| 

See The Justice and Security Research Programme|  (JSRP)

Law in Africa

The Law department, with the support of LSE's Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change and the Environment, is currently engaged in a three-year Law in Africa project. This will look at the impact of climate change on human rights and how Africa is central to issues of climate justice.

Policing by Consent and the Rule of Law in Democratic South Africa

Why do people cooperate with legal authorities? What role does institutional legitimacy and procedural justice play in shaping compliance with the law? Drawing upon the 2010 sweep of the South African Social Attitudes Survey, Jonathan Jackson & Ben Bradford of LSE's Methodology Institute with Benjamin Roberts of the Human Sciences Resources Council in South Africa test Tom Tyler's procedural justice model of policing within the extraordinarily diverse South African context.

See Policing by Consent and the Rule of Law in Democratic South Africa

Centre for Research into Economics and Finance in Southern Africa (CREFSA)

CREFSA was established in 1990 as an initiative of the Commonwealth Heads of Government to examine the reintegration of South Africa into the international economy as one part of the economic transformation that would follow the end of apartheid.

The Centre developed into a leading source of independent research on the composition and management of cross-border capital flows in the South African economy and on policy frameworks to support the sharing of gains from economic integration in Southern Africa.

In 2005, CREFSA launched a long-term programme of research on economic and financial sector policy in South Africa in collaboration with the National Treasury of South Africa, currently funded by the National Treasury to the end of 2012.

The core themes of research evolving under this programme are: capital flows and the macro-prudential policy framework; financial sector regulation and responses to the international crisis; promoting savings; and tax reform, savings and capital flows.

See Centre for Research into Economics and Finance in Southern Africa (CREFSA)