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– Comparing Design and Implementation Errors Across Alternative Mechanisms
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, Alex Hurrell, Stephen Devereux - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

Identifying the poorest for selection into social transfer programmes is a major challenge facing programme implementers. An innovative cash transfer programme in northern Kenya trialed three targeting mechanisms to learn lessons about which approach is most effective at minimizing inclusion and...

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– Aggregating Impacts of School-Feeding Programmes on Education, Health and Nutrition: Two Proposed Methodologies
Aulo Gelli, Francisco Espejo, Jing Shen, Elizabeth Kristjansson - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

School-feeding is an important intervention to attract children to school and augment their learning. The benefits of school-feeding cover several domains. Key to the overall assessment of these benefits is understanding how different implementation models compare to each other and to other...

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– The Impact of Oportunidades’ Electronic Payment System in Mexico
Serena Masino, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper follows a quasi-experimental research design to assess the impact of the electronic payment system of Mexico’s Oportunidades programme. The switch from cash payments to electronic payments delivered via a bank account is found to have implications in terms of reallocation between...

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UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

While the majority of interventions against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria had positive short-term effects, these were frequently not translated into long-term sustainable results. Cash transfers may have the potential of reducing HIV transmissions but the effect is so far...

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UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

Microfinance evaluations reveal a positive impact on per capita income, non-land asset value and poverty incidence. Across countries and methodologies, microfinance is most likely to have a short-term positive effect; regionally, the most positive impacts are seen in Africa...

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Richard A. Cash, James R. Potter - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

The reduction in deaths from diarrheal diseases is one of the significant public health successes of the twentieth century. That said, the disease still accounts for a significant burden of childhood morbidity and mortality in low- and middle-income countries. Progress made in the past has, to a...

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– The WDR+20 Landscape of Core and Supportive Functions
Nathan Blanchet, Milan Thomas, Rifat Atun, Dean Jamison, Felicia Knaul, Robert Hecht - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper discusses shifts in development assistance for health (DAH) since 1990, analyses the nature of the current distribution of funding, and considers future implications. Based on Jamison et al. (1998) and Frenk and Moon (2013), we introduce an ‘essential functions’ framework,...

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– Evidence from Non-clinical Interventions
Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

30 October 2013 Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Children have been at the centre of recent global efforts to improve well-being conditions in developing countries. Since 1990—the year when Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4) began to be monitored, and which called for a two-thirds...

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– Challenges and Opportunities
Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Samia Aleem - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper primarily focuses on how global funding has supported interventions that have proven to be successful in reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality around the world. The growth rate of development assistance targeted towards these specific interventions has varied greatly over the...

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– the Role of Aid
Robert Bain, Rolf Luyendijk, Jamie Bartram - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Financing and the role of aid within the water sector are poorly understood. We estimate the levels of spending achieved in developing countries during the Millennium Development Goals period to be US$80 billion per year. Aid represented a substantial proportion of total sector financing in sub-...

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Maureen Seguin, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Preventable and treatable childhood diseases, notably acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases are the first and second leading causes of death and morbidity among young children in developing countries. The fact that a large proportion of child deaths are caused by these diseases is...

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Bob Baulch, Le Vi An Tam - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper analyses the distribution of total aid and aid to the social sectors between 2009 and 2011. Its key findings are four-fold. First, despite the stated objectives of donors, total aid disbursements are broadly neutral, favouring neither the most deprived nor relatively well-off countries....

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– What Matters for Learning in East Africa?
Sam Jones - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Raising schooling quality in low-income countries is a pressing challenge. Substantial research has considered the impact of cutting class sizes on skills acquisition. Considerably less attention has been given to the extent to which peer effects, which refer to class composition, also may affect...

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– Implementation of the New Aid Effectiveness Agenda in Health and Education in Zambia
Stefan Leiderer - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

There is a growing interest in the debate on aid effectiveness for assessing the impact of aid not only on economic growth and poverty reduction, but also on intermediate outcomes such as health and education. This paper reviews evidence from recent in-depth country work on the impact of government...

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UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

The most successful projects and programmes are those that give local partners real ownership over the development process. Aid to health is not always allocated to the areas where it is most needed. Aid fragmentation creates extra costs for recipient countries and reduces...

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UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Lessons of what works in foreign aid to education are often known but not implemented. Developing the technical capacity of those involved in education is a crucial part of improving educational quality. Many of the problems related to capacity development in the education...

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