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Where are the biggest gains in aid effectiveness –practically speaking?

Simon Maxwell examines the practical implications of the benefits of measures to improve aid effectiveness at the European level, by analysing the European Commission funded report on the subject by Bigsten, Platteau and Tengstam and an EDCSP commentary by Prizzon and Greenhill.

 

Source: http://international-development.eu/2012/04/30/where-are-the-biggest-gains-in-aid-effectiveness-practically-speaking/

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Extreme Poverty Drops Worldwide

Extreme Poverty Drops Worldwide | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The world has achieved its first Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty in half ahead of the 2015 deadline, a study by the World Bank shows.

 

The bank defines extreme poverty as living on under $1.25 per day, adjusted for purchasing power parity. According to the report, released this week, 1.29 billion people, or 22 percent of the developing world’s population, live below $1.25 a day, down from 52 percent in 1981.

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Promoting evidence-based decision-making in development agencies

This Background Note builds on recent research by the Overseas Development Institute into the dynamics of decision-making in development agencies. Drawing on over 100 semi-structured interviews, in-depth document reviews and surveys completed by over 500 staff, we recommend clear, practical measures to improve the use of research and evaluation for decision-making.

 

Source: http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/details.asp?id=6240&title=evidence-based-decision-making-development-agencies

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Food aid doing harm?

Food aid doing harm? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

A new working paper by researchers including Yale assistant economics professor Nancy Qian has found evidence that American food aid to developing countries may hurt those countries more than it helps.

 

Qian described the unintended consequences as potentially devastating, by spurring conflict between ethnic groups and exacerbating pre-existing strife. The paper also found that the amount of U.S. grain sent abroad depended more on domestic levels of grain production than on the actual need by the recipient countries.

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‘What works’? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy

‘What works’? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Although well established in the natural sciences, systematic reviews are relatively new to the world of international development research. But they are being increasingly promoted by the likes of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and AusAID as an important step in strengthening evidence-informed policy-making amongst aid agencies.

 

However, a new briefing paper by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) suggests that systematic reviews may not be all they’re cracked up to be. Drawing on researchers’ shared experiences of conducting eight systematic reviews into the impacts of a range of development interventions – from cash transfers to school feeding – the paper identifies a number of ways in which this approach may become problematic, suggesting that their use within international development research demands more careful consideration than has perhaps so far been the case...

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Living through Crises: How the food, fuel and financial shocks affect the poor

What did the global food, fuel, and financial crises of 2008-11 mean to people living in the developing world? How did people cope with the crisis and how effective were they at averting major impacts?

 

On Wednesday, I spoke at the launch of a new book, Living Through Crises: How the Food, Fuel and Financial Shocks Affect the Poor, by Rasmus Heltberg, Naomi Hossain and Anna Reva. It’s a joint World Bank and IDS publication, also available for free online. I think it could prove quite influential. (source: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=9711)

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Dependency theory – is it all over now?

Dependency theory – is it all over now? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Despite ideas of exploitation being akin to conspiracy theories in some quarters, there are good reasons not to drop dependency theory from the development lexicon just yet...

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Crops and Carbon: Paying Farmers to Combat Climate Change | Routledge

Crops and Carbon: Paying Farmers to Combat Climate Change | Routledge | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Rich countries are paying poor countries to fight climate change on their behalf - and one way they are doing it is through carbon sinks. These are reservoirs of organic carbon tied up in plants and in the earth, rather than being in the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. A new book by Mike Robbins  looks critically at this mode of climate change mitigation.


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The Dragon in Africa – Emerging Powers and Shifts in Development ...

The Dragon in Africa – Emerging Powers and Shifts in Development ... | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Does the advent of Emerging Powers change the landscape of development aid? A closer look on China’s role as aid donor sheds light onto a recent phenomenon of global interaction.

 

This article briefly reviews the Western approach to development aid, presents a short discussion of recent contributions on the rise of Emerging Powers as donors in the realm of development assistance (with a particular focus on China in Africa) and finally asks for the implications of ongoing shifts in the realm of international development aid.

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Transparency in South-South Cooperation - The First Tranche ...

Transparency in South-South Cooperation - The First Tranche ... | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Transparency would, of course, give the Chávez administration an opportunity to counter its critics. It would also help the research community better understand the rapidly evolving paradigm of South-South development cooperation...

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