This short article is part of a themed debate speaking to the importance of evaluation and replication of evaluations as a tool to improve the quality of development policy and programmes and explain intended and unintended consequences.
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This study focuses on the material assistance people in five Port-au-Prince camps reported receiving, noting the perceived differences in the benefit of assistance received from formal aid agencies and from ‘informal’ sources such as cash transfers from family members.
Nezih Altay and Melissa Labonte
This study analyses challenges to information flow in the coordination of aid following the Haiti earthquake and the implications for effective humanitarian response. It concludes by offering possible paths for overcoming such challenges, and for restoring the value and utility of humanitarian information management and exchange in humanitarian relief settings.
Articles in this issue of the Development Policy Review explore a wide range of topics, including the political context of climate-adaptation policy in sub-Saharan Africa; a discussion of implications for Malawian citizens below the poverty line; budgetary participation in Botswana; coherence in Sweden's global development policies; implications of climate-change adaptation on land acquisition and population relocations; and an analysis of the effects of country concentration on aid effectiveness.
Articles in this special issue of the Development Policy Review explore the links between social protection and climate change. Drawing upon empirical field research from India and Bangladesh, and secondary data analysis from Ethiopia, this issue presents new findings that highlight the opportunities and challenges of using social protection to build inter-generational resilience to climate change and identifies ways in which climate change can be incorporated into development policy and practice.
Social funds and large-scale community driven development (CDD) programmes are a popular policy instrument in post-conflict situations. This is partly because they are seen to alleviate pressure on governments to deliver development and reconstruction outcomes by transferring resources and responsibilities to community actors. However, part of their popularity can also be explained by claims that social funds and CDD programmes have the (transformative) potential to generate impacts beyond meeting basic needs, such as creating more peaceful societies at the local level and promoting trust in government. This practice note assesses the performance of 13 programmes against a set of impact indicators.
Articles in this issue of the Development Policy Review explore a wide range of topics, including the intricacies of domestic supply chains in Colombia; an analysis of recent reforms of the social-protection system in Uruguay; the impacts of debt relief on Nigeria’s economy; fertiliser subsidies and social cash transfers in Malawi; fair geographical indicators for coffee; and a discussion of sub-Saharan African cotton policies.
Articles in this special issue of the Development Policy Review explore the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives. A number of topics are discussed in depth, including transparency and accountability initiatives in service delivery, in the budget process and within the governance of natural resources, as well as ways in which transparency and accountability can be improved in the future.
This article looks at how different approaches towards making use of trade preferences have resulted in divergent industrial structures and firm-level technological capability indicators. For the full table of contents, or to subscribe or submit an article visit http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/dpr
In this article, Jessica Hagen Zanker and Anna McCord analyse social protection affordability by comparing target spending levels with actual government expenditure in five African countries. They find that meeting any of the sectoral targets in full would require either sectoral trade-offs, or significant increases in donor or government expenditure.