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U.S. Agency for International Development Launches Global Development Lab

4 Apr 2014 by Melissa Victor

On April 3rd, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah unveiled the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab will foster science-and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030. The Lab and its 32 inaugural Cornerstone Partners will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change. …

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Measuring Impact isn’t for Everyone

4 Apr 2014 by Melissa Victor

Collecting data to demonstrate your organization’s impact is great to do when you should, wasteful when you should not.  By Mary Kay Gugerty and Dean Karlan Many organizations claim to implement programs and policies that benefit the world’s poor without evidence of impact beyond anecdotes. As an example, microcredit organizations touted their programs as a …

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Qualitative Research in the Graduation Pilots in Honduras and Peru

31 Mar 2014 by Melissa Victor

Qualitative research presented by Catherine Timura, Consultant, Innovations for Poverty Action, at the Graduation Forum, Latin America and the Caribbean Policymaker Learning Exchange, Dec 4-6, 2013. Qualitative Research in the Graduation Pilots in Honduras and Peru

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Capital, Skills and The Economic Lives of the Poor: Recent Evidence from Field Experiments

24 Mar 2014 by Melissa Victor

by Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman Poor women throughout the developing world are typically engaged in low-return, irregular and insecure wage jobs or sluggish microenterprises, which yield low and unstable earnings. Poor women also typically have very low levels of physical and human capital. Taken together, these observations have led the design of many antipoverty programs based on the assumption that lack of capital …

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Are Refugees an Economic Burden or Benefit?

21 Mar 2014 by Melissa Victor

Roger Zetter The notion of the ‘refugee burden’ has become firmly rooted in the policy vocabulary of governments and humanitarian actors. Understandably, governments emphasise the negative impacts and costs but these, although undeniable and well documented, are only part of the picture. Thirty years ago ICARA 1 (International Conference on Assistance to Refugees in Africa, …

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The Road to Zero: The Chronic Poverty Report Launch 2014

14 Mar 2014 by Melissa Victor

The Road to Zero: The Chronic Poverty Report Launch 2014, March 13th, 2014. There has been much talk in the post-2015 discussions about ‘getting to zero’ by 2030 – eradicating extreme poverty for the first time in human history. The MDGs have been part of an unprecedented global effort to halve the number of people living …

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Bandhan Monthly Bulletin

12 Mar 2014 by Melissa Victor

For more update on Bandhan programs: Bandhan February Bulletin

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Tilman Ehrbeck, CGAP CEO in Huffington Post: “When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny into Their Own Hands”

6 Mar 2014 by Aude de Montesquiou

Tilman Ehrbeck, CGAP CEO in Huffington Post: “When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny into Their Own Hands”

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Ending Poverty for Everyone: Disability Inclusion in Trickle Up Development Programs

3 Mar 2014 by Melissa Victor

Trickle Up works hard to include people with disabilities in their programs. Given that they focus on working with people living with ultrapoverty, this commitment makes sense. People with disabilities are over-represented among the poorest in the world, and under-represented among development projects worldwide (AusAID estimates that only 3-4% receive any kind of assistance from …

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Reaching the Poorest Global Learning Event 2014 in Paris, February 19-21

26 Feb 2014 by Aude de Montesquiou

Over100 leading policymakers, practitioners, and development experts will be gathering for the Reaching the Poorest Global Learning Event 2014

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