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Working Paper
The impact of affirmative action in India and the United States: A systematic literature review

This paper provides a systematic review of quantitative literature investigating the success of affirmative action policies in addressing socio-economic inequalities between ethnic groups in education and employment...

Affirmative action Systematic review Inequalities
Working Paper
Does affirmative action address ethnic inequality?: A systematic review of the literature

Despite the good intentions behind affirmative action policies to mediate ‘horizontal inequalities’ between ethnic groups, the evidence on their effectiveness remains open to debate...

Affirmative action Systematic review Horizontal inequality
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Evidence on aid (in)effectiveness in highly fragile states: A synthesis of three systematic reviews of aid to Afghanistan, Mali, and South Sudan, 2008–21

This working paper provides a summary of three systematic reviews on the effectiveness of aid in Afghanistan, Mali, and South Sudan between 2008 and 2021...

Foreign aid Aid effectiveness Systematic review
Journal Article
Impact evaluation and synthesis: How far are they being used in low- and middle-income countries?

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | We examine how impact evaluation (IE) and associated syntheses contribute to evidence generation in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries...

Evaluation Evidence use Impact evaluation
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Does aid support democracy?: A systematic review of the literature

This study draws on a rigorous systematic review—to our knowledge the first in this area—to take stock of the literature on aid and democracy. It asks: Does aid—especially democracy aid—have positive impact on democracy? How?...

Foreign aid Democracy Systematic review
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What works to mitigate and reduce relative (and absolute) inequality?: A systematic review

Over the past two decades, research on the impacts of a diverse range of public policies and income inequality has seen rapid growth...

Income inequality Systematic review Tax policy
Working Paper
The impact of impact evaluation: Are impact evaluation and impact evaluation synthesis contributing to evidence generation and use in low- and middle-income countries?

In 2006 the Center for Global Development’s report ‘When Will We Ever Learn? Improving lives through impact evaluation’ bemoaned the lack of rigorous impact evaluations...

Evaluation Evidence use Impact evaluation
Working Paper
Poverty and wellbeing impacts of microfinance: What do we know?

Over the last 35 years, microfinance has been generally regarded as an effective policy tool in the fight against poverty. Yet, the question of whether access to credit leads to poverty reduction and improved wellbeing remains open...

Microfinance Poverty Wellbeing
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