World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development

The WDR 2014 argues that risk management can be a powerful instrument for development—not only by building people’s resilience and thus reducing the effects of adverse events but also by allowing them to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. This presentation at the UK launch of the report clarifies the importance, objectives and components of risk management, and what these imply for all societal levels, ranging from the individual to the international community.

Empowering smallholder farmers in markets: Experiences with farmer-led research for advocacy

Authors: Ton, G. & Proctor, F.
Publication date: 2013

The Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets programme (ESFIM) creates a space for learning-by-doing on institutional modalities to bridge the gap between the research community and national farmer organisations on issues relating to smallholder market access.

This book describes the dynamics in eleven countries that were included in the programme between 2008 and 2013. Chapter 11 focuses on ESFIM’s impact on capacities for evidence-based advocacy.

The World Bank: A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality -Theory and Practice : Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software

Authors: James, F. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2013

This World Bank publication is an introduction to the theory and practice of measuring poverty and inequality, as well as a user's guide for analyzing income or consumption distribution for any standard household dataset using the World Bank's ADePT software.

ODI: Eradicating global poverty: a noble goal, but how do we measure it?

In the context of the widespread support for a continued poverty focus after 2015 and the persistent challenges of measuring extreme poverty, ODI has asked several experts to make proposals as to how to measure poverty in a post-2015 agreement.

This second ODI working paper shares their contributions, which show some consensus but also several areas of contention.

ODI Old age, disability and mental health: data issues for a post-2015 framework

Authors: Samman, E. & Rodriguez-Takeuchi, L.K.

Publication Date: 2013

Inequalities associated with old age, disability and mental health issues did not feature in the MDGs. This ODI Background Note argues that these inequalities should be considered salient sources of group-based difference.

Making Sense of 'Evidence'. Notes on the Discursive Politics of Research and Pro-Poor Policy Making.

Author(s): du Toit, A.

Publication Date: 2012 

This PLAAS paper explores some of the assumptions underlying ‘evidence based’ approaches to poverty reduction impact assessment. It takes a critical stance on Evidence-Based Policy and stresses that approaches to policy change need to focus on how evidence is used in the politically loaded and ideologically compelling ‘policy narratives’ that contest rival policy frameworks. A South African case study is included.

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Markets, Institutions and Technology: missing links in livelihoods analysis

Authors: A. Dorward, N. Poole, J. Morrison, J. Kydd, I. Urey
Publication Date: 2003 (Development Policy Review)

This article focuses on an important gap in much of the conceptualisation and application of 'livelihood approaches'- a lack of emphasis on markets and their roles in livelihood development and poverty reduction.