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Strategies for achieving environmental policy integration at the landscape level

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A framework illustrated with an analysis of landscape governance in Rwanda

Authored by: Cora van Oosten, Assumpta Uzamukunda, Hens Runhaar

This article is Open Access.

Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land

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Authors: Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Andrew Wu, Juan-Carlos Altamirano, Andrés Anchondo Ortega, René Zamora Cristales, Robin Chazdon, Walter Vergara and Michael Verdone

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring forests and landscapes in countries around the world, demonstrating how smart policies and innovative financing can help governments meet their restoration targets.

Landscape Approaches: A State-of-the-Art Review

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Authors: Arts, B., Buizer, M., Horlings, L., Ingram, V., van Oosten, C., & Opdam, P.

Keywords
social-ecological networks, conservation and development, sense of place, landscape governance, T-shaped interdisciplinary model, boundary concept

Mainstreaming FLR & Biodiversity Conservation, Case Studies from the International Model Forest Network

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This document provides select case studies from the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) related to mainstreaming ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation.It has been developed as a supplement in support of a short-term action plan on ecosystem restoration for Parties to the CBD

The impact of school programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries

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This brief is based on the systematic review summary, The impact of school programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries by Snilstveit et. al. The report summarises the findings of a 3ie systematic review of the impact of 216 education programmes in 52 low- and middle-income countries. It analysed the effectiveness of 21 different types of education programmes on children’s school enrolment, attendance, completion and learning outcomes.

Power to the people?: a replication study of a community-based monitoring programme in Uganda

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In this replication study, Katherine Donato and Adrian Garcia Mosqueira re-examine the results of an influential 2009 study, Power to the people: evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda by Martina Björkman and Jakob Svensson. The replication study reinforces community-based monitoring programmes as a promising intervention that may positively influence both provider behaviour and health facility utilisation.

Making networks work for policy: evidence from agricultural technology adoption in Malawi

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This report by Beaman et al. tests training diffusion partners chosen using a theory-based selection approach and whether it leads to greater adoption of new agricultural technologies in Malawi. The findings suggest that simply changing who is trained in a village on a technology on the basis of social network theory can increase the adoption of new technologies.

The impact of earned and windfall cash transfers on livelihoods and conservation in Sierra Leone

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This study by Bulte et al. measures the impact of a cash transfer programme aimed at alleviating poverty and reducing pressure on the natural environment in Sierra Leone.

Betterment, Undermining, Support and Distortion: A Heuristic Model for the Analysis of Pressure on Evaluators

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Authors: Pleger, L. & Sager, F.

Publication date: in press

The paper suggests that while evaluators are often confronted with influence by different stakeholders, that influence is not per se negative. A heuristic model of influence on evaluations is proposed, which allows to distinguish different types of influence.

#WhatWorks Blog: Using ‘Theories of Change’ in international development

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Find the first blog of a series on program theories by Jos Vaessen, advisor on evaluation methods at the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). According to him, the term theory of change is probably the most popular expression used in the international development community, whereas he prefers the term program theory as it is less contentious.