Cash Transfers Rigorous Literature Review

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2015-12-18 00:00
Assessing and synthesising evidence on cash transfer programmes, including the impact of variations in cash transfer design and implementation.
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Starting strong: from SDG ambition to action

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2015-09-25 00:00
​September marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Join us for a debate on the first steps needed to prioritise efforts to move beyond the status quo and the launch of a new flagship report outlining projections for each of the SDGs
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Understanding economic transformation in Africa

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-09-23 00:00
This event organised by ODI’s Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) programme will discuss where we are going wrong and what should we be doing differently if we want to properly understand the prospects of economic transformation in low income countries.
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Strengthening maternal and child health in Asia

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2015-09-18 00:00
ODI, CARE International UK and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are hosting an event to highlight learnings from the CARE-GSK corporate partnership in Asia.
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Knowledge for climate action: a manifesto for change

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-09-17 00:00

At a time of information abundance, the role of climate knowledge brokers has become integral to spurring climate action.

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How cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-09-15 00:00
This event will seek to chart out a path for scaling up humanitarian cash transfers in the future, launching a new report by a high level panel of experts.
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Driving change in challenging contexts

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-09-14 00:00
​This one-day conference will explore how genuine institutional change can take place in fragile and conflict-affected states and how it can be supported.
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Thinking about the politics of inclusive development: towards a relational approach

Eldis News - Sat, 2015-08-29 09:34

This paper indicates that a range of conceptual approaches have recently emerged within international development literature that seek to capture the specific ways in which politics shapes development. The paper critically assesses whether these approaches can underpin research into how developmental forms of state capacity and elite commitment emerge and can be sustained.

The document suggests that these new approaches offer powerful insights into certain elements of the puzzle, particularly through a focus on the relational basis of elite behaviour and institutional performance. However, these approaches are also subject to serious limitations. In this respect, more critical forms of political theory are required in order to investigate how the politics of development is shaped by popular as well as elite forms of agency, transnational as well as national factors, and in dynamic as well as more structural ways.

As a result, the author proposes an initial conceptual framework that can be operationalised and tested within a programme of primary research. The framework includes a wide range of variables and processes that can be tracked in order to test which offers the greatest traction on the outcomes to be explained, but without over-specifying the precise relationships and mechanisms at play. Consequently, the author clarifies that this form of theory-testing and -refinement can be achieved most persuasively through comparative case study research.

 

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State capacity and inclusive development: new challenges and directions

Eldis News - Thu, 2015-08-27 21:27

States shape development. This paper takes stock of recent advancements in the literature on state capacity and connects them to the study of inclusive development.

The paper argued that state capacity is best approached as a multi-dimensional concept that can be disaggregated into three interrelated dimensions: the external embeddedness with non-state actors, the organisational competence of state agencies and their territorial reach. Consequently, the document argues that the established focus on geography, external pressures and capitalist development needs to be complemented with close attention to elite politics, ruling coalitions and domestic conflict when identifying key determinants of state capacity.

On the other hand, the author highlights that the capacity of states to promote inclusive development is shaped by historical patterns of state formation itself, in particular the institutional and political legacies left behind by European overseas colonialism. Yet, contemporary state transformations linked to neoliberal globalisation, democratisation and power shifts in the international order have major implications for the capacities of states to promote inclusive development.

In the final analysis, the paper recommends scholars to work backwards from “success cases” and identify specific configurations of the three components of state capacity underpinning the ability to promote inclusive development in order to unpack the interactions among them.

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Gabon: protecting vital forests, and communities

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:00
Anne-Marie Ndong Obiang has a machete attached to her belt, which she assures us is “for cutting off poachers’ fingers”. In her spotless forest-green camouflage uniform she does not appear to be joking.
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Rwanda: Eucalyptus Trees Under Threat From Strange Disease

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:00
André Mugemangango's eucalyptus shamba of about one hectare has been infested with strange insects for the past few years. The resident of Ruli Sector in Gakenke District worries that his source of income
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Washington state wildfires pose added threat for tribes

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:00
The worst wildfire season in Washington state history could be particularly devastating to the people who have lived here between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains since long before the region
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Korea Forest Service adds to urban greenery

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:00
By cities, the area of urban living forest per capita stood at only 4.35 square meters for Seoul, 5.29 square meters for Gyeonggi Province and 5.95 square meters for Incheon. This is far lower than London’s
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E-payment module launched to collect fund for increasing green cover

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:00
NEW DELHI: Government on Thursday launched an e-payment module to accept compensatory amount for diversion of forest land in the country. It will cut delays and bring transparency in the system which is
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Grow plants if you want to curb urban heat: Nasa

India Environment Portal - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:00
The presence of vegetation in urban areas - along the roads, in the parks and in your neighbourhood - can limit city heat effect to a great extent, says a Nasa study. Using multiple satellites' observations,
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IUFRO at the XIV World Forestry Congress

IUFRO News - Thu, 2015-08-27 07:53

The XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and hosted by the Republic of South Africa, will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them.

Here is a comprehensive list of events organized or co-organized by IUFRO between 4 and 11 September 2015 at the World Forestry Congress: 
http://www.iufro.org/events/other-major-events/wfc-2015/

And, at the IUFRO exhibition stand F9/F10 you will have an opportunity to learn more about IUFRO and get to know GFIS, our Global Forest Information Service (gfis.net).

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Are your impact evaluations missing this important first step?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:00
How and when can impact evaluations be helpful? These five points will save development professionals time, energy and money
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Three tips to present research to governments

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:00
Advising governments can be difficult: it means speaking some inconvenient truths.
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The EU’s phoney war on people smugglers is costing desperate lives

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:00
Allowing vulnerable people to drown in the Mediterranean or asphyxiate in lorries is an affront to European values
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IISD Refreshes Its Visual Identity

IISD - Wed, 2015-08-26 13:52
In the 25 years since IISD was established our mission to promote human development and environmental sustainability has become more urgent. History-making strides have been made to lift billions out of poverty, yet the burden that we place on our natural environment is less sustainable than ever.

It was with that broad canvas as a back-drop that IISD renewed its strategic plan last year. The result places a tighter focus on six core priorities that meet the critical need for applied sustainability solutions.  



Underpinning our strategy is a belief that communicating both the vital importance of developing sustainably, as well as the work that IISD is doing in support of that objective, is essential to its success. IISD was a global leader in the use of innovative communication when it was founded, including as an early adopter of Web-based communications. But the communication landscape is moving at speed. So must we.

A new IISD visual identity, released over the...
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