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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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  • Rajasthan man with goat

    10th February 2014

    by Naomi Leach

    Climate change mitigation needs to be based on good information

    As the international community grapples with the problem of climate change and its impact on agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation, the economic consequences for smallholder farmers need to be better understood and documented. Unless we are able to analyse and predict more precisely the ways in which both climate change and assistance programmes will […]

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  • UK & Malawi inequalities compared (Evidence for Development)

    22nd January 2014

    by Celia Petty

    For richer, for poorer… inequality curves now look similar in the UK and rural Africa

    Idly scanning the pages of the Observer on Sunday morning, this graphic caught my eye in Will Hutton’s article about inequality in Britain.   Evidence for Development has a large collection of individual household income data from some of the poorest countries in Africa, and Hutton’s chart on wealth inequality in the UK reminded me […]

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  • Combining climate and household economic data

    9th January 2014

    by Dai Clegg

    Big data, climate change and developing economies: predictive modeling for improved lives

    I did my first, and possibly last, Ignite talk at Strata London recently. If you don’t know the format it goes like this: 5 minutes, 20 slides; the slides automatically advance every 15 seconds and you have to tell your story and finish on time. The story I was telling wasn’t about Acunu, nor even […]

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  • IHM interview in northern Uganda

    8th December 2013

    by Wolf Ellis

    Helping to rebuild communities in northern Uganda

    Remember all the attention last year on stopping Kony and the LRA? For the past two weeks I’ve been with Self Help Africa (SHA) in a region of northern Uganda that was severely affected by the conflict – in many villages, a whole generation of young adults are missing – and there are high levels […]

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  • Stella carrying out IHM research in Malawi

    2nd December 2013

    by Naomi Leach

    Evidence for Development’s BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge!

    Very exciting news! Evidence for Development have been nominated by the Reed Foundation to take part in this year’s Big Give. This means that any donation you make to EfD between Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th December should be DOUBLED! EfD aims to raise enough money to fund two promising students to study on key Master’s courses in Uganda, helping to build local expertise to fight poverty […]

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  • Mapping discussions in Ethiopia

    27th November 2013

    by Wolf Ellis

    The Evidence for Development blog – a quick introduction

    All of us at Evidence for Development are delighted to be launching our new website (generously designed pro bono by an anonymous-for-the-moment friend), complete with a section for blog posts. We’ll use these blogs to share EfD news and insights, start new development debates or add our own perspectives to existing ones. We’re hoping to […]

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  • IHM interview with a poor farmer in Ethiopia

    27th November 2013

    by Peter Poore

    Introducing (or reintroducing) Evidence for Development

    “What’s the problem?” I can hear people ask. “Why do we need another organisation doing research into poverty?” The fact is that there is a serious lack of accurate evidence about how very poor people choose to use their limited resources to survive. And without this information, it is not easy to see how aid […]

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