Integrated approaches are key to ensuring the poorest in least developed countries aren’t left behind

By Karina Weinstein, Program Director, FXB International A recent analysis presented by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to its member States on February 5, 2018 revealed that the world’s poorest countries (Least Developed Countries, LDCs) are not on track to achieve goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN … Continue reading Integrated approaches are key to ensuring the poorest in least developed countries aren’t left behind

ICCE TIG WEEK: Using M&E data to evaluate the impacts of an integrated and holistic international development model

By: Ashweeta Patnaik, Ray Marshall Center  http://aea365.org/blog/icce-tig-week-using-me-data-to-evaluate-the-impacts-of-an-integrated-and-holistic-international-development-model-by-ashweeta-patnaik/ Hello, I’m Ashweeta Patnaik and I work at the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) at The University of Texas in Austin. RMC has partnered with Nuru International (Nuru) to use Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data to evaluate the impacts of Nuru’s integrated development model. Here, I share some lessons … Continue reading ICCE TIG WEEK: Using M&E data to evaluate the impacts of an integrated and holistic international development model

Are we learning enough about integrated programs through impact evaluations?

By: Tessa Ahner- McHaffie, FHI360 https://blog.f1000.com/2017/11/28/learning-enough-integrated-programs-impact-evaluations/ Integrated development raises a lot of questions. Tessa Ahner-McHaffie and colleagues from FHI 360 tried to answer some of these in a Systematic Review published on Gates Open Research and currently being peer reviewed. In this guest blog, she describes the work that her and colleagues have done in … Continue reading Are we learning enough about integrated programs through impact evaluations?

Creating New Tools for the Job

By: Lydia Cardona, Conservation International Headlines about scarce natural resources driving or causing conflicts are not hard to find. Threats of war over the control and use of natural resources – such as oil, timber and water- become more imminent as rapid, unsustainable development and climate change increase the pressure on renewable and non-renewable resources. … Continue reading Creating New Tools for the Job

Creating an Integrated Nutrition Game-Plan: Technical Brief and Recommendations from Lao PDR

By: Deirdre McMahon, Global Nutrition Advisor, SNV  Malnutrition isn’t the result of a simple cause-and-effect algorithm. It can’t be boiled down into an if-then statement. It’s the result of a complex web of underlying factors and interrelated causes. And in response to that complexity, reducing malnutrition requires convergent action from many different sectors and stakeholders.  … Continue reading Creating an Integrated Nutrition Game-Plan: Technical Brief and Recommendations from Lao PDR

Accelerating evidence-based south-south collaboration to reach the extreme poor

By: Emily Coppel and Isabel Whisson, BRAC Careful adaptation of proven programs in new contexts is key to achieving SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere In January of 2017, five officials from the Government of Kenya, The Boma Project, and CARE International traveled to Bangladesh. Their aim? To understand how BRAC, one … Continue reading Accelerating evidence-based south-south collaboration to reach the extreme poor

When the Evaluation Plan Doesn’t Reflect the Context

By: Aga Khan Foundation When a partnership offers an opportunity to improve an important value chain Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique started the MozaCaju project with USDA funding in late 2013/early 2014, as a subcontractor to TechnoServe. The 3-year project aimed to improve the value chain for cashew production and marketing in Mozambique, providing training … Continue reading When the Evaluation Plan Doesn’t Reflect the Context

Show me the evidence: Cultivating knowledge on governance and food security

By: Tessa Ahner-McHaffie, FHI 360 https://researchforevidence.fhi360.org/show-me-the-evidence-cultivating-knowledge-on-governance-and-food-security I recently participated in a salon on integrating governance and food security work to enhance development outcomes. Convened by the LOCUS coalition and FHI 360, the salon gathered experts in evaluation, governance and food security to review challenges and best practices for generating evidence and knowledge. A post-salon discussion recorded with Annette Brown and Joseph Sany … Continue reading Show me the evidence: Cultivating knowledge on governance and food security

Integration and Community Leadership Needs More Than Just Funding Changes

The nature of our world is multi-nodal and, with technology, today's means of accountability, collaboration, communication and fulfillment of responsibilities are evolving to reflect integration. International development needs to catch up - quickly. Locus, Pact, Church World Service, and The Hunger Project - all members of the international Movement for Community-led Development - addressed this … Continue reading Integration and Community Leadership Needs More Than Just Funding Changes