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Asking people what they think: Using perceptions data to monitor the post-2015 agenda

Authors: Rodríguez Takeuchi,L. & Hine, S. with Chávez, C.
Publication date: 2015

The call for a ‘data revolution’ has spurred debate around the inclusion of new data and indicators to measure progress towards development goals. Indicators of perceptions – based on asking people what matters to them most and their opinions of change – could help to stimulate public debate and hold policy-makers accountable.

Aid and the Islamic State

Author: Svoboda, E. & Redvers, L.
Publication date: 2014

The IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief is a new product designed for aid workers, policy makers and donors to address a gap in current analysis of humanitarian research and action.

This pilot examines the flows of international aid into parts of Iraq controlled by militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Women’s participation in green growth – a potential fully realised?

Author: von Hagen, M. & Willems, J.
Publication date: 2012

This study analyses opportunities and challenges for women’s participation in green growth in developing countries. The purpose of the study is threefold: 

  • to shed more light on the gender dimension of green growth, especially in the context of private sector development and thus fill a knowledge gap in the green growth discourse
  • to validate women’s contributions to green growth and sustainable private sector development
  • to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality

Youth participation in governance and monitoring of the post-2015 framework

Author: Davis, A., de la Harpe Bergh, G. & Lundy, A.
Publication date: 2014

This paper argues that young people, the majority of whom live in developing countries, should be included as key stakeholders in the post-2015 agenda - not only within the goals and targets of the framework, but also in post-2015 monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

Authors: Jackson, A.
Publication date: 2014

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

Engaging communities: evaluating social accountability in school feeding programmes

Authors: Johnson, C. & Janoch, E.
Publication date: 2011

This policy brief addresses the question of how implementers of Home Grown School Feeding systems can create and operationalize feedback systems between communities, governments and external partners to ensure Home Grown School Feeding Programmes are meeting communities’ needs.

Maximising the benefits of data and extractive industries for the poor

Authors: Awolowo, A. & O’Keefe, E. (for DFID)
Publication date: 2013

More and more data around extractives is becoming available. Data made public, in the right format, can be used by citizens to hold governments and companies to account and drive improved development outcomes from mineral resource exploitation.