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    Global trends in renewable energy investment 2016

    This document is the online version of UNEP's 10th "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016."According to the report, investments in renewables totalled $286 billion in 2015, some 3% higher than the previous record in 2011. Coal and gas-fired electricity generation drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity.
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    Time to redress the globally unjust cost of climate change

    C. More, G.G.A. Swaby, S.P. Wangdi / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2019
    Climate change has global impacts, but hits poor and vulnerable communities first and worst. The 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are at a disproportionately high risk of adverse consequences with global warming of 1.5°C and beyond. LDCs contribute the least to global warming. But over the last 50 years, 69% of worldwide deaths caused by climate-related disasters were in LDCs.
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    Masculinities and transition in Kazakhstan: Country brief

    A. Greig, D.T. Kudaibergenova, J. Edstrom / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2019
    In both policy-oriented and scholarly literatures on the gender dimensions of the social and economic transitions in Kazakhstan of the past 30 years, men and their gendered experiences of transitions are scarcely discussed.
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    Policy incentives and agribusiness investment in Ethiopia: Benefit or deadweight?

    S. Ayele, G. Ayele, T. Niguissie, J. Thorpe / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2019
    The importance of agriculture to the Ethiopian economy is underlined by the country’s forthright promotion of investment in agriculture since the turn of the century, but how effective has this investment really been? This brief summarises the findings and conclusions of the APRA study ‘Policy approaches to business investment in agricultural commercialisation in Ethiopia’.
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    The governance of Nepal’s flood early warning system: opportunities under federalism

    C. Meechaiya, E. Wilkinson, E. Lovell, S. Brown, M. Budimir / Overseas Development Institute, 2019
    Flood early warning systems (EWS) are extremely complex, with multiple layers of communication and relationships between stakeholders, across different scales of governance. With the development of weather and flood forecasting models, Nepal’s EWS has advanced significantly in recent years, but warnings can still fail to reach downstream communities in the low-lying Tarai plains.
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    Barriers to urban shelter self-recovery in Philippines and Nepal: lessons for humanitarian policy and practice

    H. Schofield, E. Lovell, B. Flinn, J. Twigg / The British Academy, 2019
    Most households affected by disasters reconstruct their houses themselves by self-building or employing local labour: they ‘self-recover’. Humanitarian agencies’ experience in assisting self-recovery in urban communities is limited; little is known about how to support it in practice.


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7th August 2019
Following renewed funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DFID, the African Property Tax Initiative (APTI) is pleased to announce a second call for proposals for research projects on property taxation that are of a high academic standard and relevant to policy and practice.
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This new issue of the IDS Bulletin, edited by Jody Harris, Molly Anderson, Chantal Clément and Nicholas Nisbett examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and the various active players, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them.
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20th June 2019
The latest issue of the IDS Bulletin, Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development aims to identify how partnerships focused on the production of policy-engaged research seek to achieve societal impact and explores the chall
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9th May 2019
With the global rise of inequality and conflict and the acute challenges facing the most socially and politically excluded, civil society organisations, charities and development agencies are increasingly concerned with how to effectively broker the knowledge of marginalised communities.
11th March 2019
At this year’s Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, researchers from the Insitute of Development Studies will highlight the limitations of social protection policies such as cash transfers in relation to improving the lives of women across the world.