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Southern Regionalisms, Poverty and Health

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Professor Nicola Yeates (Principal Investigator), Dept of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University


This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council-Department for International Development Poverty Alleviation scheme (Grant award ES/L005336/1).


The growing presence of multilateral regional organisations in diverse public policy fields has been the subject of substantial academic and policy research, but little is known about whether and how such formations are beneficially contributing to the realisation of global and regional goals of poverty reduction. This project investigates, in the context of Southern Africa (Southern African Development Community) and South America (UNASUR), whether and how world-regional organisations' social policies and programmes of action are successfully instituting an embedded pro-poor focus. The project focuses on health policy in relation to access to health care – an issue of persistent concern among low income nations and populations in the territories examined.
We seek to make significant contributions to academic and policy debates about the specific contributions of regional formations in the development and implementation of programmes of poverty reduction, and the role of political and social actors in the two regions concerned in supporting the development of pro-poor health policies. We translate the research findings into health and social development policy arenas in regional contexts internationally, with a particular focus on governmental and non-governmental South-South and North-South development networks.


September 2015 PRARI newsletter

May 2015 PRARI newsletter

December 2014 PRARI newsletter

These and other materials and publications are available from the PRARI project website. A Spanish language version of the PRARI website is also available.


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International Development Research Office
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
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