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    Decentralization and rural food security : some theoretical and empirical relationships

    Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives, 1997
    Traces some general correlations and interlinkages between rural food security and decentralization. This is attempted from the viewpoint of rural institutions and organizations, a dimension that past attempts at integrated rural development have neglected.
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    Deindustrialisation in Southern Africa? A general Equilibrium Analysis

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 1999
    Uses a computable general equilibrium (CGE) extension of earlier partial equilibrium analyses of static gains from regional economic integration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Southern Africa. Both models are based on 37 sectors for each of 12 SADC countries.
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    'Putnam in India': is social capital a meaningful and measurable concept at Indian state level?

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 1999
    In a seminal and provocative book, Putnam argues that levels of trust, interest in public affairs and political participation are the most important explanatory features of the differential institutional performance across Italian regions over time.
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    Social and Economic Policies to Prevent Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Lessons from Experience

    World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), 1999
    Reviews experinces of causes and reponses to complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs).Considers root causes to be: horizontal inequality between different social groupscrises in state legitimacy worsening economic conditionsexternal shocks environmental conditionsRecommended preventitive policy actions include: group inclusive policiesexpansion of e
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    State-Owned versus Township and Village Enterprises in China

    World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), 1998
    Presents an up-to-date survey of the comparison issue between state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and township and village enterprises (TVEs) in China.
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    Relativism in Agricultural Research and Development: Is Participation a Post-Modern Concept?

    Overseas Development Institute, 1999
    The last decade has witnessed an explosion in the use of Participatory Rural Appraisal methods. Some advocates of the approach have even claimed that PRA represents a 'new scientific paradigm'. This paper examines these claims, highlighting influences from post-modern philosophy and exploring the social theory underlying the proposed paradigm.
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    The policy process: an overview

    Overseas Development Institute, 1999
    Review identifies key concepts for the description of the policy making process, and identifies a 21 point check-list of the events most likely to make policy-decisions happen.The key argument of the paper is that a ‘linear model’ of policy-making, characterised by objective analysis of options and separation of policy from implementation, is inadequate.
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    Information and Power: Implications for Process Monitoring: A Review of the Literature

    Overseas Development Institute, 1999
    Process documentation and monitoring (PDR) raises a number of controversial issues relating to how the interaction between power, information generation and knowledge is manifested. PDR relies for its success on a willingness to put sometimes sensitive information in the public domain.
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    IFPRI and the abolition of the wheat flour ration shops in Pakistan: a case-study on policymaking and the use and impact of research

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1998
    Assesses the impact of research on the decision to abolish a long-term corrupt system of wheat rationing in Pakistan.Lessons learned include:"Useful " research exhibits certain key characteristics: research dealt with a high priority issue; research conformed to policymakers' expectations; research findings were consistent with previous research; research provided needed quantitative
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    Health and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 1999
    Poverty and ill health are intimately linked, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where public health services are severely strained.

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