Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.
A review of the drivers and costs of early marriage, and recommendations for action.
Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector - Final report
This report examines how the private sector is responding to emergencies and explores how for-profit ventures have helped people survive in humanitarian crises.
Journal articles or issues, JSRP Paper 17, August 2014
A Theory of Change approach represents a good space for those in the aid industry to critically reflect on (and then change) their policy and practice; however, this space can be heavily constrained if the correct incentives are not in place for that to happen. We need to be wary of Theories of Change simply becoming another corporate stick to beat people with: the onus is therefore on likeminded donors, implementers and researchers to build a case for a critical, honest and reflective approach, which takes the complexity of social change seriously.'
Development Policy Review, 32(5), August 2014
Articles in this issue of the Development Policy Review explore a wide range of topics, including the impacts of the trade barriers on the dairy trade in the East African Community, a look at how Burkina Faso liberalised its cotton-sector whilst retaining significant state control, a global value chain analysis of China's Cashmere Industry, and a discussion as to why the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs adopted and discarded SGACA within one 4-year policy cycle. A further paper considers the impact of mobile phones on livelihoods in developing countries, and the issue also contains a review essay of Steven Pinker's book 'The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why violence has declined'.
Articles and blogs, August 2014
A memorandum to shape the political agenda for the new leadership in the European Commission and the European Parliament launched on 1st September 2014. The core substantive proposition is that in order to play a strategic role in global transformations, the EU will need to build and deploy its capabilities in different ways than it currently does.
Briefing papers, August 2014
This paper examines post-crisis trends and issues and proposes policy options to support positive outcomes.