Thursday, 23 February 2017

All that research for NOTHING?

A very accessible video by 3ie starts with evidence from a recent study by the World Bank. It has found that a third of the research report published by the World Bank on its website have never been downloaded by anyone and 87% never referred to in any subsequent research. This is extremely wasteful. Remember, our tax money pays for such research.

So the big problem is maybe not that too few research reports and evaluations are published - the big problem is that people don't use them, because they don't look for such evidence, or they find the reports too hard to understand. The latter can be dealt with by writing in a more accessible style. Finding time to think and explore may be more complicated.

Monday, 20 February 2017

New Resource on Women, Land and Corruption

Transparency International has just published a guide which is the fruit of a three-year process I have had the privilege to support with my facilitation and writing. 

The guide builds on the experience of Transparency chapters in Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe, who have recognised that they can work more effectively on land and corruption issues if they involve more women and take into account the needs and interests of women and men. It is called Gender-Responsive Work on Land and Corruption: A Practical Guide; if you click on the title you'll be taken to the link where you can download it. (At the time of writing this post there is a typo under a caption; try to spot it before they correct it!)

Ending Poverty with Empathy

Have you heard about the Two Dollar Challenge? How much is that in Euros... 1.88
The Two Dollar Challenge invites everyone to live on two dollars a day from 3 to 7 April 2017. One in ten people live under 1,90 a day, so two dollars a day should be feasible - or is it? We can all sign up on the page and try. The code of conduct allows begging, but you're not allowed to disclose that you are doing it for a challenge. Interesting! It even comes with an app that allows you to track your expenses while living the absolute poverty experience. 

Click on the image below for more information about this fascinating initiative, which has been shared by Shawn Humphrey.