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How effective are cash transfers in reducing poverty compared to remittances?

How effective are cash transfers in reducing poverty compared to remittances?

Journal articles or issues, March 2015, March 2015
Jessica Hagen-Zanker and Carmen Leon Himmelstine
In the past decade, we have seen growth of both remittance flows and cash tranfer coverage in low-income countries. Using a rigorous, evidence-focused review method, this literature review found eleven relevant studies that directly compare the impacts of cash transfers and remittances on a range of indicators of poverty in low and middle-income countries.
Humanitarian Exchange 63: The Typhoon Haiyan Response

Humanitarian Exchange 63: The Typhoon Haiyan Response

HPN Humanitarian Exchanges, Issue 63, January 2015
This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on lessons from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the worst disaster ever to hit the Philippines. Making landfall on 8 November 2013, the typhoon killed more than 6,000 people and affected more than 14 million. The Exchange looks at issues ranging from DRR to accountability to affected populations.
Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change - 1st draft

Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change - 1st draft

Journal articles or issues, Nature Climate Change 5: 23–26, December 2014
Tanner, T., Lewis, D., Wrathall, D., Bronen, R., Cradock-Henry, N., Huq, S., Lawless, C., Nawrotzki, R., Prasad, V., Rahman, Md. A., Alaniz, R., King, K., McNamara, K., Nadiruzzaman, Md., Henly-Shepard, S. and Thomalla, F.
This perspective piece published in Nature Climate Change argues that resilience can be useful for linking the post 2015 frameworks. However building resilience must put people, their agency and empowerment at the centre of the analysis; be underpinned by human rights; and work with the dynamic processes of social transformations.
Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change

Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change

Journal articles or issues, Nature Climate Change 5: 23–26, December 2014
Tanner, T., Lewis, D., Wrathall, D., Bronen, R., Cradock-Henry, N., Huq, S., Lawless, C., Nawrotzki, R., Prasad, V., Rahman, Md. A., Alaniz, R., King, K., McNamara, K., Nadiruzzaman, Md., Henly-Shepard, S. and Thomalla, F.
This perspective piece published in Nature Climate Change argues that resilience can be useful for linking the post 2015 frameworks. However building resilience must put people, their agency and empowerment at the centre of the analysis; be underpinned by human rights; and work with the dynamic processes of social transformations.
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.'

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