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  • Early Marriage, Pregnancy and Girl Child School Dropout 

    Birchall, Jenny (IDS, 2018-10)
    The aim of this review was to present the recent evidence on the impact of early marriage and/or pregnancy on the rates of girl child drop out. It also synthesises evidence that focus on laws, policies and practices that ...
  • Inclusive and Special Education Approaches in Developing Countries 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2018-08-17)
    The aim of this review was to present the recent evidence on the effectiveness of inclusive and special education approaches in improving learning and behavioural outcomes, with a focus on developing countries, particularly ...
  • Environmental Safeguards for Industrial Parks 

    Avis, William (IDS, 2018-04-12)
    This rapid review examined approaches that have been used to optimally enforce environmental policy instruments to drive green industrialisation. It begins with the discussion of environmental safeguards for industrial ...
  • A Historical Analysis of Rice Commercialisation in Ethiopia: the Case of the Fogera Plain 

    Alemu, Dawit; Tesfaye, Agajie; Assaye, Abebaw; Addis, Degu; Tadesse, Tilahun; Thompson, John (APRA, Future Agricultures Consortium, 2018-12-01)
    This paper presents a historical analysis of rice commercialisation and its impacts on local livelihoods and rural economies in Ethiopia, drawing insights from the experience of the Fogera Plain, a dynamic farming area in ...
  • The State of Healthcare Access in Freetown’s Informal Settlements 

    Macarthy, Joseph M.; Conteh, Abu; Sellu, Sudie Austina; Doughty, Thomas (Future Health Systems, 2018-12)
    Unequal access to healthcare exacerbates poor health due to their living conditions of those living in informal settlements across Freetown. This issue brief provides an insight into the current state of healthcare provision ...
  • Waste Management Challenges in Freetown’s Informal Settlements 

    Macarthy, Joseph M.; Conteh, Abu; Sellu, Sudie Austina; Doughty, Thomas (Future Health Systems, 2018-12)
    Waste management has been a challenge in the Freetown municipality of Sierra Leone for a long time, underpinned by the limited capacity of institutions responsible for waste collection and depositing. These challenges come ...
  • Water and Sanitation Challenges and Impact on Health in Informal Settlements 

    Macarthy, Joseph; Conteh, Abu; Sellu, Sudie Austina; Doughty, Thomas (Future Health Systems, 2018-12)
    Access to water is one of the major challenges faced by residents of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and informal settlements are no exception to this problem. Communities’ sources and access to water vary by location. The rapid ...
  • Natural Resources Management Strategies in the Sahel 

    Cooper, Rachel (IDS, 2018-10-01)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on natural resources management strategies in Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). It identifies ...
  • Labour Standards and Firm Growth 

    Hatayama, Maho (IDS, 2018-10-25)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on (i) the impact of labour standards on labour/firms’ performances and (ii) policies and programmes from other ...
  • The Effectiveness of School Grants in Low- and Middle-Income Contexts 

    James, Zoe; Joynes, Chris (IDS, 2018-12-12)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on the effectiveness of school grants for the improvement of (i) equitable access to quality education, and (ii) ...
  • Drivers, Challenges and Opportunities for Job Creation in the Sahel 

    Quak, Evert-jan (IDS, 2018-10-15)
    This review synthesises the literature from academic, policy and institutions sources on the drivers of job creation in the Sahel countries Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The report first shows a baseline ...
  • Strategies and Approaches to Ensure Equitable Access to Quality Education in Economic Crises 

    James, Zoe (IDS, 2018-12-20)
    This helpdesk review has drawn primarily on evidence from systematic reviews and synthesis studies focused on (i) the impact of economic crises on education systems, and (ii) the effectiveness of strategies and approaches ...
  • Targeting the Ultra-Poor: Lessons from Fonkoze’s Graduation Programme in Haiti 

    Greeley, Martin (IDS, 2019-01)
    The ultra-poor are defined as the poorest sub-group of those in extreme poverty. They make up over half of the estimated 797 million people living in extreme poverty globally (RESULTS Educational Fund and Uplift 2017) and ...
  • Uganda-DRC Cross-Border Dynamics 

    Bedford, Juliet; Akello, Grace (UNICEF, IDS & Anthrologica, 2018-12)
    This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces, December ...
  • Media and Local Messages on Ebola in the Grand Nord, DRC, November-December 2018 

    Sweet, Rachel (UNICEF, IDS & Anthrologica, 2018-12-15)
    This note provides an overview of a selection of key messages related to the Ebola outbreak and response that were circulating on WhatsApp and in the local media in the Grand Nord (Beni and Lubero territories), DRC, in ...
  • Impact of Financial Inclusion in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: a Systematic Review of Reviews 

    Mader, Philip; Duvendack, Maren (The Campbell Collaboration, 2019-01)
    Financial inclusion programmes seek to increase access to financial services such as credit, savings, insurance and money transfers and so allow poor and low-income households in low- and middle-income countries to enhance ...
  • Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) in Bangladesh 

    Tull, Kerrina (IDS, 2018-12-20)
    This report focuses on community-based health insurance (CBHI) for Bangladeshi workers. It examined the different models of CBHI programmes or schemes for both formal and informal sector in the Bangladesh, and the challenges ...
  • Disaster Preparedness to Reduce Anxiety and Post-Disaster Stress 

    Grant, Catherine (IDS, 2018-11-16)
    This report focuses on disaster mental health preparedness, which is a significant reduction method to protect individuals from detrimental psychological effects arising from disasters. Disasters are stressful events not ...
  • Carbon Abatement Potential of Reforestation 

    O'Driscoll, Dylan (IDS, 2018-11-20)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy and NGO sources on the carbon abatement potential of reforestation. The literature points to the significant potential to reduce carbon through reforestation, ...
  • Gender Sensitive Strategic Communications Interventions 

    Birchall, Jenny (IDS, 2018-12-06)
    It is possible to find some examples of good practice around gender in communications interventions focusing on the majority of sub-themes set out in the research question. There are four key points emerging from the ...

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