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Vidya Diwakar

  • Equity and Social Policy
Portrait of Vidya Diwakar

Vidya Diwakar is a mixed-methods researcher in the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, with 10 years of experience working in development research at universities and think tanks. Her work focuses on gender-disaggregated drivers of sustained escapes from poverty, and the role of armed conflict in creating poverty traps.

Vidya has authored and reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports on human development, conflict, and poverty dynamics in South and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the MENA region. She has also led various policy-oriented multi-country, multi-year, and multi-partner research projects on poverty dynamics for international organizations and bi-lateral aid agencies.

  1. Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Transformation


  2. A theory of change for joined-up policymaking in low- and middle-income countries

    Working papers

  3. Inclusive, sustainable economic transformation: An analysis of trends and trade-offs

    Working papers

  4. Report: Resilient Generation: supporting young people’s prospects for decent work in the drylands of east and west Africa

    Research reports

  5. Anti-discrimination policies are a step towards anti-racism and inclusivity

  6. Inclusive economic growth in Kenya: the spatial dynamics of poverty

    Research reports

  7. It can’t be done alone: why coordination is vital in responding to education crises

  8. Covid-19 and health: five expert views

  9. Strengthening coordinated education planning and response in crises: synthesis report

    Research reports

  10. Strengthening coordinated education planning and response in crises: Bangladesh case study

    Research reports

  11. From pandemics to poverty: hotspots of vulnerability in times of crisis

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Words into action: engaging children and youth in disaster risk reduction and resilience building


  13. New report highlights international poverty hotspots most at risk from Covid-19

    Press Release

  14. Comment Available: the continued impact of Covid-19

    Press Release

  15. From pandemics to poverty: the implications of coronavirus for the furthest behind

  16. Four reflections on the International day for the Eradication of Poverty

  17. The fourth chronic poverty report: growth

    Research reports

  18. Pathways to sustained poverty reduction: balancing growth from above and below

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Disasters: impact on child poverty and development


  20. Child poverty, disasters and climate change