Tag poverty

Jane Carter, August 2017 0

Eucalyptus oil as a source of hope

with Sandip Poudel The drive to meet Saraswati Bachhar (pictured) and her family takes us along many kilometres of rutted dirt track road, surrounded on either side by coppiced, Forest Department plantations of Eucalyptus. In some places, harvested poles are stacked ready for transport; the smell of Eucalyptus leaves blows in through the windows of

Zenebe Uraguchi, April 2017 3

How can inclusive agricultural extension services perform better for smallholder and poor farmers?

Madhab Chandra Das & Zenebe Uraguchi The contribution of agriculture to the economy of Bangladesh is declining, but its role in poverty reduction – for income and employment generation – is still significant. Key services, mainly provided by public agricultural extension agencies, however, are either lacking or underperforming, failing to meet the demands of predominantly

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

Jane Carter, July 2016 0

Should we, do we, work in urban areas?

Last week was a particularly intense one for many of us: it was “Shareweek”, the get-together between senior country programme staff and thematic, geographical and fund-raising staff in Head Office. Wider organisational sharing is also promoted through live social reporting. We only hold this event every second year, so the time is precious, and internal

Jane Carter, November 2015 0

Targeting inequality

A recently published multi-country study by researchers at ODI gives numbers to what we know intuitively from working directly with disadvantaged communities: that one form of disadvantage is strongly linked to another. It can nevertheless be useful to have macro level figures that prove this – guiding and justifying the targeting of interventions. In quest

Jane Carter, May 2015 0

Are women-headed households disadvantaged?

A little while back,  I wrote about an exchange sparked by an academic paper, and here is another one. In this case it is a paper by three German development economists, including Professor Stephan Klasen, published in World Development. Titled “A Feminization of Vulnerability? Female Headship, Poverty and Vulnerability in Thailand and Vietnam” it provides