This country briefing draws on research from in-depth qualitative work undertaken in 2013 in Ha Giang province, northern Viet Nam, on what drives the shifting and persisting norms surrounding marriage practices within the Hmong community. The briefing concludes with a short reflection on the policy and programming implications for the Government of Viet Nam and its development partners, given the growing recognition that progress towards the MDGs must be measured not just in terms of national averages but in terms of meaningful change for all social groups.
Throughout most of 2012 Mali was in a state of deep crisis, with nearly 600,000 civilians displaced by August 2012. One of the most active responses to the crisis was from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). This paper examines the underlying causes of the crisis, explores the role played by ECOWAS and the AU in addressing the crises in Mali and reflects on the current humanitarian situation.
This paper addresses the role of the private sector in humanitarian action in Indonesia and broad patters of engagement between the humanitarian and the private sectors. In analysing these issues, the paper identifies the barriers to, and opportunities for, more systematic engagement between humanitarian actors and the private sector, and puts forward practical measures to make collaboration more consistent and successful.
Is the response to climate change an issue beyond politics, to be guided only by science and technical considerations? This paper looks at three climate interventions in Aceh, East Africa and Darfur to examine the role of political analysis in climate change aid.
This story of changes examines in detail the relative influence that research-based evidence had at critical junctures in the passage of the new Village Law in Indonesia.