Our research

Fair and equitable research partnerships

We are members of the Rethinking Research Collaborative, an informal international network of organisations which encourages inclusive, responsive collaborations to produce useful and accessible international development research. The Collaborative undertook a study of research partnerships, funded by UKRI and published in 2018, which introduces eight principles for fair and equitable research partnerships. Two subsequent journal articles build on the themes identified in the study.

Promoting fair and equitable research partnerships to respond to global challenges (Report, Rethinking Research Collaborative, 2018)

Rethinking research impact through principles for fair and equitable partnerships (Article, IDS Bulletin; Kate Newman, Sowmyaa Bharadwaj and Jude Fransman, 2019)

Rethinking research partnerships: evidence and the politics of participation in research partnerships for international development (Article, Journal of International Development; Jude Fransman and Kate Newman, 2019)

Gender and tax in Africa

REL and Christian Aid Nigeria collaborated in this study, part of the Gender and Tax in Africa research programme of the the International Centre for Tax and Development at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, with support from the Gates Foundation.

Hidden inequalities: tax challenges of market women in Enugu and Kaduna states, Nigeria (Working Paper, International Centre for Tax and Development; Imaobong Akpan and Kas Sempere, 2019)

Commissioned studies

Governance programming impact assessment

As we were laying the foundations for the Centre for Excellence in Research, Evidence and Learning, we commissioned a multi-country impact assessment of Christian Aid’s governance programming. We wanted to gather insights and learning on our programming approaches, and to generate evidence of impact using creative methods. The findings were published as reports and videos.

Stand strong: women and politics, Kailahun, Sierra Leone (Report, Siobhan Warrington and Jane Martin, 2016)

Final report of a learning assessment of the health governance programme, Kenya (Report, Fiona Talcott and Abena Afari, 2015)

Accountable governance: assessment of impact and learning in Bangladesh (Report, Fiona Talcott and Vera Scholz, 2015)

El Salvador: building community capacity (Video documentary (9:58), Robert Stern and Rupert Widdicombe, 2015)

Claiming spaces: culture and power in Guatemala (Video documentary (9:31), Robert Stern and Rupert Widdicombe, 2015)

Review of participatory vulnerability capacity assessments

Christian Aid commissioned this learning review to learn from the Programme Partnership Arrangement programme how participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments (PVCAs) had helped communities source funding and services from the state, private sector, donors and NGOs.

What is helping communities mobilise resources? (Learning review, Kas Sempere, 2017)



Investing aid money in research for impact: what's needed? (Kate Newman, 2019)

Applying eight principles for fair and inclusive research partnerships (Jude Fransman, Rachel Hayman and Kate Newman, 2018)

Who produces development knowledge? (Kate Newman, 2018)

Getting to grips with the politics of research collaboration (Karen Brock, 2018)

Considerations for integrating research into programme design (Kate Bingley, 2018)