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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Latest publications: Journal articles or issues

Institutionalising community policing in Timor-Leste: police development in Asia's youngest country

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 12 March 2014
Todd Wassel
As part of ODI’s Securing Communities project, which aims to understand different models of community policing around the world, this case study examines the development of community policing policy and practice in Timor-Leste. As with the Securing Communities project more broadly, the focus is on the diversity of objectives, approaches and methods of community policing, the ‘messy politics’ of its development and what this means for those who aim to support this policing model. This case study examines some key features of community policing policy development and practice in Timor-Leste.

Challenges in humanitarian information management and exchange: evidence from Haiti

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 13 January 2014
Disasters Volume 38 supplement 1
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.

Development Policy Review: November 2013

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 1 November 2013
Development Policy Review Vol. 31, iss. 6
Various authors
​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.

Development Policy Review Theme Issue. Social protection and climate change: emerging issues for research, policy and practice

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 1 November 2013
Development Policy Review Vol. 31, issue supplement S2
Various authors
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.

Funds for peace? Examining the transformative potential of social funds

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 26 September 2013
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.

Development Policy Review: September 2013

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 1 September 2013
Development Policy Review Vol. 31, iss. 5
Various authors
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.

Rethinking trade preferences for sub-Saharan Africa: how can trade in tasks be the potential lifeline?

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 12 August 2013
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

The affordability of social protection in the light of international spending commitments

Publication - Journal articles or issues - 12 August 2013
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.