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Improving the odds for progress in Nigeria

Improving the odds for progress in Nigeria

Research reports and studies, March 2015
Victoria Chambers and Clare Cummings, with David Booth
This policy brief examines the experience of two public sector reform programmes which have made tangible advances in Nigeria - despite challenging political and socio-economic conditions – by utilising innovative working methods.
Social enterprise landscape in Ghana

Social enterprise landscape in Ghana

Research reports and studies, March 2015
This paper seeks to outline the social enterprise landscape in Ghana. It reviews the enabling environment and the scope of capacity-building activities supporting social enterprise to provide an overview of the profile of existing social enterprises and social innovation activity.
Transforming the lives of girls and young women – Year two country briefings

Transforming the lives of girls and young women – Year two country briefings

Research reports and studies, March 2015
Nicola Jones, Bekele Terefra, Janey Stephenson, Taveeshi Gupta, Paola Pereznieto, Anita Ghimire, Fiona Samuels, Carol Watson, Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, Florence Muhanguzi Kyoheirwe, Elizabteth Presler-Marshall, Tran Thi Van Anh
This set of four country briefings draws on evidence from the year 2 qualitative and participatory field research of the "Transforming the lives of girls and young women" project. They examine how social norms interact and impact on adolescent girls and their ability to achieve their full capabilities.
Does the wage bill affect conflict? Evidence from Palestine

Does the wage bill affect conflict? Evidence from Palestine

Research reports and studies, March 2015
Massimiliano Calì, Sami Miaari and Belal Fallah
This paper revisits the relationship between local economic conditions and political violence in the context of the Israeli Palestinian (I-P) conflict.
Resilience scan 2014: A review of key 2014 literature, debates, social media, blogs and events on resilience

Resilience scan 2014: A review of key 2014 literature, debates, social media, blogs and events on resilience

Research reports and studies, March 2015
Tanner, T., Bahadur, A.V., Simonet, C. and Betts, H
This ‘resilience scan’ summarises the developments during 2014 in thinking and practice in the field of resilience, framed by a set of summaries focused on: 1. Insights from renowned resilience experts; 2. A review of academic literature from 2014; 3. Recommended blogs and twitter feeds; 4. A calendar of key resilience events.
Ghana, the rising star: progress in political voice, health and education

Ghana, the rising star: progress in political voice, health and education

Research reports and studies, March 2015
Ghana has achieved remarkable progress in human development over the past 20 years while undergoing one of the most successful transitions to multi-party democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper explores the factors that have contributed to progress in both the provision of basic services (notably in health and education) and greater political voice for citizens.
Service characteristics and engagement with citizens

Service characteristics and engagement with citizens

Research reports and studies, March 2015
Despite significant progress in a range of public services over the past two decades, in many developing countries the average citizen continues to suffer from gaps in provision and poor performance of even the most basic services. This briefing note aims to provide some practical guidance on how different services can offer differing opportunities and challenges for improving service performance through increased accountability and, especially, citizen engagement.

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