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(Book) What Works for Africa's Poorest
David Lawson, David Hulme, Lawrence K. Ado-Kofie
Although great strides have been made, Africa still lags behind other parts of the world in the reduction of poverty. We now know that the poorest people rarely benefit from poverty reduction programmes, and this is especially true in some countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Microfinance programmes, fo...
(Book) Putting Knowledge to Work
Producing knowledge that is relevant and can be acted upon is essential for international development. There is a renewed urgency for knowledge from the civil society sector, particularly non-academic organizations, to be acknowledged and recorded, to be distilled and leveraged, in order to help the...
(Book) Technology Justice and Faecal Sludge Management
While globally rates of access to improved sanitation remain woefully low, Bangladesh stands out as a country that has made remarkable progress in eliminating the scourge of open defecation. However, across the country’s growing urban centres, this success has created a so-called ‘second-generation’...
(Book) Perspectives énergétiques des populations pauvres 2016
Si on donnait la parole aux populations pauvres des pays en développement, quels besoins en matière d’énergie identifieraient-elles comme les plus urgents ? L’éclairage électrique ? Des fourneaux de cuisine propres et modernes ? De l’électricité pour les cliniques médicales ? En s’appuyant sur une c...
(Book) Panorama energético de los pobres 2016
¿Qué necesidades energéticas señalan los pobres de los países en desarrollo como las más acuciantes? ¿Iluminación eléctrica? ¿Cocinas no contaminantes y modernas? ¿Energía para los centros de salud? Aprovechando la información obtenida en las exhaustivas consultas realizadas a las comunidades que vi...
(Book) Smoke Free Nepal
Traditional cooking fires are still used in more than half the households in Nepal. But they are a silent killer, with their smoky fumes responsible for the deaths of nearly 23,000 people every year. The Government of Nepal was one of the first to recognize this problem and has a target to eradicate...
(Book) Measuring Energy Access in India
This briefing paper reports on the largest energy access survey ever conducted in India, covering a representative sample of the rural poor across six states with interviews in 8,566 households. It adapts the World Bank’s multi-tier framework to measure access to household electricity and clean cook...
(Book) Poor People's Energy Outlook 2016
What do poor people in the developing world identify as their most pressing energy needs – electric lighting, modern cookstoves, power for health clinics? Drawing on in-depth consultations with selected energy-poor communities in Bangladesh, Kenya and Togo, the PPEO 2016 shines a light on the energy...
(Book) Sustainable Sanitation for All
Petra Bongartz, Naomi Vernon, John Fox
Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries. Yet, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack access to adequate sanitation facilities and the poorest and most vulnerable members of society are often not reached and their specific needs are not met. Moreover, sustai...
(Book) Adaptive Management for Resilient Communities
Short-term projects and linear management approaches are often unsuitable for achieving resilient development in the face of volatile complexity. Adaptive management combined with longer-term project funding has the potential to deliver more appropriate development outcomes. This will require develo...
(Book) Rethink, Retool, Reboot
Technology underpins human development. We need it to provide the very basics of a minimum standard of life – food, water, shelter, health and education. But a significant proportion of the world’s population do not have these basics today. And whilst a fifth of the world’s population lacks access t...
(Book) From Risk to Resilience
In 2011 Practical Action published From Vulnerability to Resilience: A Framework for Analysis and Action to Build Community Resilience. This was one of the first attempts by a development NGO to operationalize resilience and it provided project workers with a framework to apply the resilience concep...
(Book) Delivering Early Warning Systems to the Poorest
Floods are the most common cause of weather-related disasters globally, causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage and the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. Flood early warning systems can significantly reduce the devastating impacts of floods on lives and livelihoods for the poorest and mos...
(Book) Technology and the Future of Work
Through a year-long project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Practical Action and WIEGO have explored the disruptive impact of technologies on informal workers, examining the technologies themselves and the influence of cities, work, and systems. This policy briefing presents evidence of the...
(Book) The MSP Guide
In recent years, multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) have become popular for tackling the complex challenges of sustainable development. This guide provides a practical framework for the design and facilitation of these collaborative processes that work across the boundaries of business, governmen...
(Book) The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change
This is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. It has been developed by the Barefoot Collective. The guide,...
(Book) Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements
Marc Edelman, Saturnino M. Borras, Jr.
Transnational agrarian movements (TAMs) are organizations, networks, coalitions and solidarity linkages of farmers, peasants, pastoralists and their allies that cross national boundaries and seek to influence national and global policies. Today’s TAMs have contributed to reframing a wide range of de...
(Book) Agrarian Change, Migration and Development
Henry Veltmeyer, Raúl Delgado Wise
The focus and concern of Agrarian Change, Migration and Development is the problem of labour migraton. Veltmeyer and Wise explore the dynamics and development implications of the migration processes set in motion by the capitalist mode of production. The dynamics of these processes are both internat...
(Book) Technology Justice
Half of the world is without access to basic technologies that deliver clean water and sanitation, a modern energy supply, generic medicines, and mechanized agriculture — and the other half takes these technologies for granted. This publication presents the concept of Technology Justice and the case...
(Book) Water Is Life
G. Honor Fagan, Suzanne Linnane, Kevin G. McGuigan, Albert Rugumayo
A safe, adequate water supply within easy reach is still a dream for many people living in rural Africa. This book examines why such a basic service is not yet universally available by studying in detail one particular region of rural Uganda. What is the experience of women and children who have re...