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Assessing the broad societal impacts of research: the case of the NCCR North-South Programme

Assessing the broad societal impacts of research: the case of the NCCR North-South Programme

Journal articles or issues, November 2014
Claudia Michel, Simon Hearn, Gabriela Wuelser and Thomas Breu
Researchers, programme designs, and donor strategies are increasingly questioning the impact of research on society. However, when assessing research impact, economic benefits still receive the most focus, with social and environmental benefits often overlooked. This paper draws on the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South programme to assess some of the societal impacts of research.
Transformative adaptation in Africa’s agriculture

Transformative adaptation in Africa’s agriculture

Journal articles or issues, October 2014
Natasha Grist participated in an Expert Panel Group meeting of the African Progress Panel in Geneva, on October 31st. Chaired by Kofi Annan, the meeting was the first formal step in preparations for next year’s flagship report, the Africa Progress Report, which will analyse climate change issues for Africa and recommend policies to help Africa meet its needs for energy, growth, and agriculture.
Development Policy Review: November 2014

Development Policy Review: November 2014

Development Policy Review, 32(6), October 2014
Various
Articles in this issue of the Development Policy Review explore a wide range of topics, including land tenure reform in Southern Africa, the efficacy of trade facilitation, fisheries trade and social development along the Philippine-Malaysia Maritime Border zone, the impact of Uruguayan tax reform, and lessons to be learnt from microfinance projects in Latin America.
Group inequality and intersectionality

Group inequality and intersectionality

Journal articles or issues, 24, September 2014
Emma Samman, Jose Manuel Roche
Emma Samman guest edits this edition of Maitreyee, discussing a data revolution to match the ambition of 'leaving no one behind'
Six key findings on the use of Theories of Change in international development

Six key findings on the use of Theories of Change in international development

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: September 2014

Development Policy Review: September 2014

Development Policy Review, 32(5), August 2014
Various
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'.
Development Policy Review Theme Issue: tackling sub-Saharan Africa’s urban service delivery crisis

Development Policy Review Theme Issue: tackling sub-Saharan Africa’s urban service delivery crisis

Development Policy Review, Vol. 32, issue supplement S1, July 2014
Various authors
50% of Africa’s population will live in 2030, but a critical lack of access to public services (water, electricity, refuse collection and transport) may define the continent’s development. This supplementary issue of Development Policy Review highlights the key role that decentralisation and partisan politics play in service provision and the need for donors to recognise and address conflicts between local and national authorities. Drawing on data-rich case studies from Senegal, Uganda and South Africa, the issue is guest edited by Danielle Resnick and has been produced in coordination with UNU-Wider.
Development Policy Review: July 2014

Development Policy Review: July 2014

Development Policy Review, 32(4), July 2014
Various
Articles in this issue of the Development Policy Review explore a wide range of topics, including coffee certification schemes in India and Nicaragua, education reform in Guinea, governance and economic transformation in Taiwan, labour-contracting relationships in South Korea, and the growth of India's IT service sector.
Overcoming the state/non-state divide: an end user approach to security and justice reform

Overcoming the state/non-state divide: an end user approach to security and justice reform

Journal articles or issues, vol.21, issue 2, June 2014
​Despite the widely accepted recognition that fragile and conflict-affected countries are characterized by plural security and justice orders, donor-led security and justice programmes continue to engage overwhelmingly with state actors on the basis of liberal peacebuilding models that internalize Weberian understandings of the state. This paper argues that in order to meaningfully engage with the multitudinous ways in which people access security and justice, external reformers need to develop a comprehensive understanding of this complexity. This article is available to subscribers of International Peacekeeping, or on a pay-per-view basis via Taylor and Francis.

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