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for 2015-12

Making Development Work: The Quality of Government Approach

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28 Dec 2015

Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA); Report 2015:07; Authors: Bo Rothstein, Marcus Tannenberg – Details for “Making Development Work: The Quality of Government Approach”

This report aims to summarize the results of research from the Quality of Government approach in terms of its importance for development and aid policy. The authors synthesize the current knowledge on why some countries have developed into prosperous societies while others have not, and put forward conclusions for development policy.

Analytical Model of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Determined

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17 Dec 2015

On 2 December 2015, part of the project team met at the University of Amsterdam to discuss the approach to the secondary data analysis in-depth.

IDS 2015 Review; Key Moments, Top Publications, New Five Year Strategy, Popular Blog Posts

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17 Dec 2015

A look back at the IDS key moments, most popular publications and blogs in 2015 with a highlight on the IDS new five year strategy 2015-20 'Engaged Excellence for Global Development' launched in October 2015 that sets out how IDS will seek to contribute to the transformations that reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build inclusive and secure societies in a changing world.

How Can We Eradicate Hunger by 2030?

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17 Dec 2015

Professor Elisabeth Prügl, Director of the Graduate Institute’s Programme on Gender and Global Change talks about food insecurity through an intersectional perspective.

A team of researchers in Switzerland, Ghana and Cambodia are engaged in the six-year research project DEMETER, which explores how the promotion of gender equality impacts food security.

Tomayto Tomahto: The Research Supply Chain and the Ethics of Knowledge Production

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15 Dec 2015

Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Humanity Journal; Authors: Rebecca Tapscott and Deval Desai – Details for “Tomayto Tomahto: The Research Supply Chain and the Ethics of Knowledge Production”

The article is the first post in a series exploring the changing nature of knowledge production in fragile states. It argues that while development practice has changed, thoughts around qualitative research have not.

Other posts in the series are comments by Lisa Denney and Pilar Domingo, Michael WoolcockMorten Jerven, Alex de Waal, and Holly Porter; and a final, concluding article by Rebecca Tapscott and Deval Desai.

Research Seminar: “Multinationals, local firms and innovation in post-transition and transition economies”

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14 Dec 2015

Research seminar in Budapest, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the EADI Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Development.

Does Foreign Aid Harm Political Institutions?

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08 Dec 2015

UNU-WIDER; Journal of Development Economics; Authors: Sam Jones, Finn Tarp – Details for “Does Foreign Aid Harm Political Institutions?”

The notion that foreign aid harms the institutions of recipient governments remains prevalent. We combine new disaggregated aid data and various metrics of political institutions to re-examine this relationship. Long run cross-section and alternative dynamic panel estimators show a small positive net effect of total aid on political institutions. Distinguishing between types of aid according to their frequency domain and stated objectives, we find that this aggregate net effect is driven primarily by the positive contribution of more stable inflows of ‘governance aid’. We conclude that the data do not support the view that aid has had a systematic negative effect on political institutions.

Food and Livelihoods in a Changing Climate

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05 Dec 2015

Overseas Development Institute (ODI); ODI Working Paper 429; Author: Marigold Norman – Details for “Food and Livelihoods in a Changing Climate”

Climate finance remains a newcomer to the agriculture sector, playing a minor role compared to wider official development assistance. It has grown slowly since 2002 and is poised to play an important role in this sector. This paper sheds light on its growing importance, and considers dedicated multilateral funds.

Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime

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02 Dec 2015

Foundation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI); book; Authors: Scott Barrett, Carlo Carraro and Jaime de Melo – Details for “Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime”

Climate change is an extreme global challenge and is high on the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The essays in this book provide an extensive panorama of the dimensions of this challenge.

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