Economic Change

A World to Gain

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A new agenda for aid, trade and investment.

The document attached is the official translation of the policy note 'Wat de wereld verdient', as presented to the Dutch parliament by Minister for International Trade and Development Cooperation Liliane Ploumen on the fifth of April 2013.

Climate Finance and Public Finance Management

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Author: Neil Bird

Publication date: June 2015

Much attention has been directed at the international commitments to assist developing countries respond to climate change. This is reflected in the debate over the commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: at the UNFCCC negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries committed to jointly mobilise $100 billion climate finance per year by 2020, from public, private and alternative sources, to address the needs of developing countries.

Women as Entrepreneurs: The impact of having an independent income on women's empowerment

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Authors: Haneef, C. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) investigated the impact women’s entrepreneurship has on empowerment and the effects this has on the wider community. The objective of the research was to understand specifically the relationship women ‘having an independent income’ (one of CLP’s empowerment indicators) had with CLP’s other nine empowerment indicators.

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

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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.

ODI-ECDPM: Regional Aid for Trade effectiveness and corridors

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Authors: Byiers, B. & Lui, D. (for ODI & ECDPM)
Publication Date: 2013

This study by ODI and ECDPM discusses the opportunities and challenges of improving the effectiveness of Aid for Trade (AfT) through a regional approach and focusing on Africa.

The World Bank Handbook on Economic Analysis of Investment Operations

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Authors: Belli, P. et alii. (for the Operational Core Services Network Learning and Leadership Center of The World Bank)

Publication date: 1998

The goals of this Handbook by The World Bank are (a) to provide staff with analytical tools that are solidly grounded in economic theory, yet practical and simple to use, and (b) to make the approach to the economic evaluation of projects more transparent. 

Wageningen lustrum book: Food for all

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Wageningen University celebrates its 95th Dies Natalis in 2013. To mark the occasion the theme Food for All: Sustainable nutrition security is selected. This book provides an overview of the theme, followed by a number of illustrations from our research. As the theme is very wide and so many scientists contribute to it, a selection has been made that broadly covers the types of research conducted at Wageningen UR in this domain. A short indication of the education activities is given as well. At the end Rector Magnificus Martin Kropff gives an outlook on future approaches.

The quiet revolution in staple food value chains. Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger

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This book, as its title denotes, documents the quiet revolution in staple food value chains now changing the face of Asia. It provides a systematic and rigorous review of the structural transformation pathways of these food chains and the catalytic roles that governments, the private sector, civil society, and international development institutions can play in the process. While not intended as a policy analysis for food security, the study provides critical guideposts for assessing and addressing all segments of the food chains that unnecessarily contribute to higher retail food prices.

Participatory Market Chain Approach

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Authors: Thomas Bernet, André Devaux, Oscar Ortiz and Graham Thiele 
Publication Date: January 2005 (BeraterInnen News)

The Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) is a new participatory R&D method involving the different actors of market chains. It seeks to generate group innovations based on a well-led and well-structured participatory process that gradually stimulates interest,