Global impact of DSPI research

It is of paramount importance to us that our research makes a tangible impact on the everyday lives of people around the globe. 

These case studies, prepared for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, provide a glimpse of the work we undertake and the scale of its impact. 

Cash + Care: Transforming HIV outcomes for adolescents in Africa through social protection 


a group of African children


Lucie Cluver, Frances Gardner, Franziska Meinck, Yulia Shenderovich 

Since 2009, ground-breaking research by the University of Oxford has reduced HIV infection risks and improved health for 2,000,000 adolescents across Southern and Eastern Africa.  

Our research demonstrated that combinations of social welfare, cash transfers and caregiving support could lead to 50-70% reductions in HIV infection risk behaviours, such as transactional sex. 

This has been directly translated into policy and service delivery for adolescents by USAID-President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNICEF, UNAIDS and national governments including South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

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Preventing child abuse globally through research-driven parenting programmes 


Parents and child holding hands


Frances Gardner, Lucie Cluver, Jamie Lachman, Yulia Shenderovich 

Since 2011, DSPI has led a multi-stakeholder effort to develop the world’s first suite of evidence-based, non-commercialised, open-access parenting programmes: Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH).   

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