About us

Interactions is a platform for research and analysis on women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence, urban health and unpaid care work. Hosted by IDS and co-produced with partners around the world, Interactions provides vital evidence and policy relevant recommendations for the empowerment of women and girls, as well as working with men and boys for gender equality.

This guide is part of the wider Interactions for Gender Justice family, including the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme and Men, Boys and Gender Equality.

Our projects

'Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls' is a collaborative research programme with a number of leading research partners across the globe, led by IDS. The main aim of the research is to examine how to build an enabling environment for the empowerment of women and girls on three gender-justice themes.  

The ‘Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women’s economic empowerment programmes and policies’ project aims to create knowledge about how women’s economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. The project is part of the wider 11-project GrOW programme.

Highlighting the Invisibility of Unpaid Care was a three year project, part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme at IDS. The project was exploring why unpaid care work has merited little attention in development policy and programming.

Engaged excellence

Interactions takes an 'engaged excellence' approach to constructing and mobilising knowledge, and to mutual learning for development. We work with a range of global partners to conduct high quality research and make sure it makes a difference where change needs to happen.

Working with Eldis and BRIDGE

The research team and partners have joined forces with Eldis and BRIDGE to develop the Interactions site.

  • Eldis is a global online information service sharing the best in development, policy, practice and research on international development issues.
  • BRIDGE is a gender and development research and information service, supporting gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts as part of a global network.

IDS OpenDocs

All the outputs from the research presented are being published through OpenDocs, an online repository of development research from IDS.