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    Reducing the risk of protracted and multiple disaster displacements in Asia-Pacific

    K. Peters, E. Lovell / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2020
    This report explores multiple and protracted displacements caused by natural hazard-related disasters in Asia-Pacific, including those influenced by climate change and climate variability. It unearths the underlying risk drivers of natural hazard-related disaster displacement and the factors that influence whether these disaster displacements become multiple and/or protracted.
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    IBEKA: community-owned and managed mini grids in Indonesia

    M. Cannon, J. Thorpe, S. Emili / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    Institut Bisnis dan Ekonomi Kerakyatan (IBEKA), or People Centred Economic and Business Institute, supports rural electrification by installing small-scale hydro or wind mini grids and setting up village-based organisations to own, maintain and operate the systems.
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    Jubilee Debt Campaign: civil society voice in global debt governance

    P. Mader, J. Thorpe, M. Cannon / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    Jubilee 2000 was a highly successful global campaign to bring about debt relief for developing countries, which galvanised activists into a shared global project and brought them into negotiations with creditors. The Jubilee campaign lodged the concept of odious debt in the public consciousness.
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    RUDI multi-trading company: locally-owned agricultural trade network 

    J. Thorpe, S. Emili / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    The Rural Urban Distribution Initiative (RUDI) was set up in India in 2004 by the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA). It is a branded local network for the procurement, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products by rural women and is owned by the small-scale farmers and rural women involved.
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    Structural transformation, inequality, and inclusive growth in South Africa

    H. Bhorat, K. Lilenstein, M. Oosthuizen, A. Thornton / United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, 2020
    This paper evaluates structural change, inequality dynamics, and industrial policy in South Africa between 1960 and the present day. We find that South Africa experienced growthenhancing structural transformation until the early 1970s, before entering a period of premature deindustrialization.
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    Visions of urban modernity and the shrinking of public space:challenges for street work in African cities

    I. Lindell, O. Adama / Nordic Africa Institute / Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, 2020
    Making cities inclusive is one of the goals of Agenda 2030, and access to public spaces is identified as an important sub-goal. However, in urban Africa, access by street vendors and other marginalised groups to public spaces seems to be on the decline.


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  • 5 March 2020
    This International Women’s Day global institutions and governments are marking the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action – a defining framework for change to address gender inequalities and women’s rights.
  • 2 March 2020
    In development, initiatives are often implemented with the underlying question of how it can be adapted and replicated. The pilot’s (un)successful factors are precious lessons to feed into new iterations, inspiring a recipe for others to follow. But even if the recipe emphasises the importance of local context, new initiatives can produce quite distinct results.
    Gabriel De Sousa Aragão
  • 13 February 2020
    Fiscal indiscipline, particularly in election years, has been a recurring annoyance in Ghana. The country unfortunately failed to recover from the wastefulness of the 2012 election year, making a 16th bailout from the IMF inevitable in 2015.
    Godson Aloryito

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