Donor Issues

Another resource curse?: the impact of remittances on political participation

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Authors: Dionne, K.Y., Inman, K.L. & Montinola, G.R.
Publication date: 2014 In: Afrobarometer, Working Paper No 145

International remittances have grown dramatically over the past few decades. This article focuses on the political impact of remittances, and in particular, its effect on political participation.

The authors provide the first cross-country, individual-level analysis on remittances’ effect on political participation. Their work shows that remittances may not necessarily demobilize citizens, as previous work on Mexico suggests. 

IDS Annual Report 2014: Transforming development

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Author: IDS
Publication date: 2014

This year's theme, ‘Transforming Development’ reflects both the upheaval in the development landscape, and the changes IDS is making to refresh its vision and ways of working in internationally turbulent times.

The IDS Annual Report 2014:

Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative

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Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative  was set up in 2012 as a core component of the HIV prevention strategy that is being funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Its over-arching mission is to help to improve the communication of knowledge in order to bring about a stronger response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. To achieve this, KMCC is bringing together both Uganda-grown and international experts in HIV/AIDS, knowledge management, and communications to work with different partners in Uganda.

Bridging and Bonding: Improving the Links Between Transparency and Accountability Actors

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Authors: Wanjiku Kelbert, A.
Publication date: 2014

The first Learning and Inspiration Event hosted by Making All Voices Count brought together people with different kinds of expertise to think collaboratively about how technology can be used to enhance citizen engagement and improve government responsiveness. 

A review of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research

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Author: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2014

This is a rapid desk based study to identify an overview of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research. The review was undertaken using both peer reviewed and grey literature from the major development agencies (both multilateral and national), national and international research institutes and think tanks, and regional and subregional research organisations.

“Why don’t they want our help?” Exploring the relationship between community and development worker

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In this IDS blog post, Jody Aked reflects upon the misplaced assumption that communities are always receptive and eager to engage when development practitioners or researchers offer something they think the community will benefit from. To avoid a frustrating outcome, she suggests an alternative approach, including three ways on how to start a positive relationship with a community. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

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Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

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Author: Zyck, S.A. 
Publication date: 2014

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. 

This report explores how the UN proactively employed the good offices of the secretary-general to open an impartial space for dialogue where none had previously been considered possible

Antipoverty transfers and inclusive growth in Brazil

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Authors: Barrientos, A.; Debowicz, D. & Woolard, I.
Publication date: 2014

The paper examines the growth of antipoverty transfers in Brazil and their role in securing inclusive growth. This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the role of antipoverty transfers in securing inclusive growth. It examines their design, implementation, outcomes, and sustainability. It also sketches their potential relevance to African countries and zooms in on South-South cooperation. 

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

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Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions.