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  • CSAT students in Malawi

    27th March 2018

    Being present and engaged: tools and training for researchers

    Dr Lucy Wallace EfD Communications Manager | CSAT Programme Manager Research inevitably means we spend an awful lot of time working in one small area. The mystical ‘bigger picture’ is relatively distant, it’s something we refer to in grant applications, and we often don’t know where to start to attain the coveted ‘research into policy […]

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  • Household economy approach (HEA) software - comparing results

    16th February 2018

    Intern perspectives: My summer of data analysis with EfD

    Andrew Armstrong I was working as a trainee Secondary School teacher in inner city London, coming to the end of my first year on the job. In the midst of a roller coaster, adrenaline-fueled term I felt I needed something of substance to add structure to my summer break. It was a strange thought, but […]

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  • Maize growing in Malawi

    23rd November 2017

    by Dai Clegg

    How new technologies can make a difference to rural smallholder farmers.

    Some of you may have seen this piece on the BBC about “How missing weather data is a ‘life and death’ issue”. It’s about tech start-up Kukua, and the weather stations they have installed in Tanzania to help provide local commercial farmers with better forecasts. Kukua is a business with a rather unusual business model: […]

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  • Discussing ways of communicating weather information with women farmers

    5th October 2017

    by Celia Petty

    Considering the health sector as an important user of Hydromet information

    In September, I was able to attend the AMCOMET, African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology, forum in Addis Ababa. The focus of the forum was Weather, Water, and Climate Services, and the contribution of these ‘hydromet’ services to wider social and economic development is becoming increasingly evident as the reality of climate change hits both urban […]

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    28th September 2016

    by Celia Petty

    Measuring resilience to climate change in the Lake Victoria basin

    Just over a year ago the UK Department for International Development (DfID), with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) launched its ‘Future Climate for Africa’ (FCFA) project. This £20 million project, involving five research consortia, aims to “generate fundamentally new climate science focused on Africa, and to ensure that this science has an impact on […]

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  • Farmers ploughing their fields in Tigray, Ethiopia

    23rd September 2015

    by Will Shields

    Banking on Evidence for Development – a month in the life of a volunteer

    It’s August 2013 and I’m about as broke as a ‘banker’ in London can be. I had eagerly taken up my first position in the big city: interning at RBS’ risk department. That’s right, I had made it to the big time… And then rent happened… And bills… So with accrued holiday time but no […]

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  • Household economy approach (HEA) software - mapping function

    30th July 2015

    by John Seaman

    New HEA software developed by Evidence for Development

    The household economy approach (HEA) is a method for assessing the vulnerability of rural populations to economic shocks and changes, based on their livelihood patterns and market information. It is now widely used as a method of famine early warning by many governments and humanitarian agencies, and also has important applications for managing the impacts […]

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  • Malt barley piled in a field, Oromia, Ethiopia

    16th April 2015

    by Claire Allan

    Postcard from Ethiopia: How to measure our impact

    As an economist, I have always found it logical that NGOs should be expected to demonstrate the impact of their work. Once we have set our objectives, we need to know whether we are achieving them and how we might do better. That means measurement. At Farm Africa, we support smallholder farmers to increase their […]

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  • Weighing crops in Oyam, Uganda

    14th April 2015

    by Bridget Golob

    Six challenges and opportunities for a better post-2015 development data revolution

    The data revolution in international development continues to draw attention and take shape as the third annual International Conference on Financing for Development approaches in Addis Ababa this July. At Evidence for Development, the pursuit of strong data and baselines for programme design, monitoring and evaluation is central to our work in measuring and supporting […]

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  • Part of a focus group in Burkina Faso with female refugees from Mali

    18th December 2014

    by Bridget Golob

    Refugees’ livelihoods are important

    Almost 15 years after the UN General Assembly proclaimed 18 December to be International Migrants Day (IMD), how has the occasion been received and observed, whose rights does it champion, and which groups does it currently exclude? Migrants and refugees: what’s the difference? In December 2000, two global days of observance related to migration were […]

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  • IHM household data entry in Burkina Faso

    11th November 2014

    by Bridget Golob

    Mobile data, measurement & evidence… what’s new?

    As mobile data collection in remote regions and developing countries becomes more viable for development organisations, the robustness of the methodologies used must be considered in relation to the goal of evidence-based development. Expanded possibilities According to the UN International Telecommunication Union, “by the end of 2014, 55% of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to […]

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  • Researcher with goat in Uganda

    8th July 2014

    by Aislinn Lambert

    Oiling the relationship between evidence and policy: prioritising data quality and integrity

    LSE’s recent JSRP conference on politics and evidence in international development highlighted problems inherent in the ways ‘evidence’ tends to be defined and used in mainstream development discourse and practice. How can Evidence for Development’s individual household method (IHM) and current involvement in the ‘Assessing Rural Transformations’ project inform the discussion and help to oil […]

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  • Small baby in Tigray, Ethiopia

    3rd June 2014

    by Peter Poore

    Maternal healthcare in the post-MDGs era: outputs are not always outcomes

    The current Millennium Development Goals are coming to an end in 2015 and a new framework is being developed. Have the previous goals relating to improving maternal health actually been achieved, and are the reported improvements being experienced by individuals on the ground? Or does the new framework perhaps need a different focus when it […]

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  • IHM training interview in Oromia, Ethiopia

    15th April 2014

    by James Copestake

    Aid impact assessment and agricultural change: Researching ‘good enough’ qualitative approaches

    Using public money to reduce global poverty is a tough enough ‘task’ even without having to account for each pound spent every five minutes. But aid professionals can hardly claim to be less susceptible to self-serving group-think than anyone else, and indeed the case for strong reality checks on aid expenditure will remain particularly strong […]

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  • House in northern Uganda

    18th February 2014

    by Wolf Ellis

    When evidence isn’t clear

    Practical and reliable estimates of wealth and poverty are becoming increasingly important as more countries introduce social protection systems, and as development programmes place a greater emphasis on targeting. However, there is not yet a widely-accepted ‘gold standard’ measuring method – and in the absence of this, it is difficult to assess the relative merits of […]

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