Local Economic Development

The Integration Initiative: Three Year Evaluation Report

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Authors: Mt. Auburn Associates, Inc for Living Cities
Publication date: 2014

In January 2010, Living Cities launched The Integration Initiative (TII) to support “bold, promising approaches that have the potential to transform the lives of low-income people and the communities in which they live.”

Balancing state and community participation in development partnership projects: emerging evidence from Indian SDPS in Nepal

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Authors: Chaturvedi, S., ; Kumar, S. & Mendiratta, S.
Publication date: 2013, RIS discussion paper 183

In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact and potential of the development programmes known as Small Development Projects (SDPs), introduced by India as part of its development cooperation portfolio in Nepal.

Grameen Foundation: Community Knowledge Worker Uganda Program

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The Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative was launched by Grameen Foundation and its partners in Uganda in 2009 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, it serves more than 300,000 farmers in remote communities through a network of more than 1,100 peer advisors.

The initiative combines mobile technology and human networks to help smallholder farmers get accurate, timely information to improve their businesses and livelihoods.

Niches for Social Enterprises: How hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in Kenya and Vietnam

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Authors: Darko, E. & Avis, W. (ODI)
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, the authors reflect when social enterprises can best offer solutions to intractable social problems, based on ODI reviews. 

Gender-Equitable Public Investment: How Time-Use Surveys Can Help

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Author: Fontana, M.
Publication date: 2014

Macroeconomic policy often fails to recognise the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work on women, and as a result reinforces both gender and income inequalities.

By providing detailed information on how this burden is unequally distributed across gender, class, ethnicity and other socioeconomic characteristics, time-use data can help in guiding more equitable allocations of public resources and promoting government budget priorities that recognise the importance of unpaid work, both for the economy and for human wellbeing.

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:

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. 

Politically smart, locally led development

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Authors: Booth, D. & Unsworth, S. 
Publication date: 2014

This paper is a contribution to ongoing debate about the need for donor agencies to think and work more politically. It presents seven cases of aid-funded interventions that show how donors have been able to facilitate developmental change ‘despite the odds’.

Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resources-based livelihoods

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Authors: Wiggins, S. & Keats, S.
Publication date: 2014

For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders.

Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

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Author: Lijfering, S.
Publication date: 2014

This article looks at how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice by zooming in on Kenya. Late 2013 the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society.

Based on some field visits, the author investigates whether the emerging Kenyan middle class is even interested in development cooperation and whether they would be willing to contribute.