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Jane Carter, January 2017 0

Focusing on the most vulnerable in Madagascar

Madagascar is a country of rich biodiversity and stunning natural beauty, but also of deeply entrenched poverty, especially in remote rural areas where basic services are often poorly accessible. Indeed, in some of the areas in which we work, such as those covered under the Münsingen programme, nearly everyone can be classified as poor. Using

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Jane Carter, December 2016 0

The power of numbers: Women in local governance in Bangladesh

Given the low level of women’s representation in local, regional and national governments, quotas are used in many countries to boost numbers. And the number that has come to be most widely chosen seems to be 30%, or 33% – seen as the “critical mass” needed to sensitise public opinion to the acceptability – indeed

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Zenebe Uraguchi, December 2016 2

We left ten years ago and business is still thriving!

C.K. Rao, Joy Elamon & Zenebe Uraguchi It is rare to go back after sometime and review if a project’s work did really contribute to meaningful and durable impacts. Often implementers and donors say that they do not have the time and financial resources to do post-project reflections. In this blog post, we share the

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Jane Carter, December 2016 0

Valuing women – and child care – in Albania

The 16 days of Activism on ending violence against women is now over, but that does not mean that the topic should fade from public discourse for another year. Recently I was in Albania, contributing to the planning of the next phase of the RisiAlbania project (Risi for short). Risi works to promote youth employment,

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Zenebe Uraguchi, November 2016 0

M&E is not your Enemy

Kai Schrader & Zenebe Uraguchi M&E specialists quickly dive into discussions on best methodologies and indicators, without fully clarifying intended users of evaluations and the practical use of expected findings. This was no different at the workshop of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deval: https://www.deval.org/en/) on “Evaluation of difficult-to-measure effects” in Bonn (6th and

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