Journal article: Aspirations and the role of social protection: Evidence from a natural disaster in rural Pakistan

Citizens’ aspirations are increasingly recognized as an important dimension of their well-being. Those with high aspirations set ambitious goals for themselves, and those with low aspirations may fall prey to a poverty trap. Do natural disasters negatively impact aspirations? If so, can governments blunt these effects? The new article in the World Development by Katrina Kosec and Cecilia >> Read more

Measuring women’s empowerment: three new papers

Three new working papers just published by the World Bank Group analyze the three key constructs in women’s empowerment: time use, women’s agency, and ownership and control of assets. The papers are part of a broader collaboration among several researchers to improve the measurement of these constructs, known both for their centrality in the current policy debate on gender equality and for the challenges posed by their measurement.

New paper discusses women’s land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction

The new IFPRI discussion paper reviews the literature on women's land rights (WLR) and poverty reduction. It adapts the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP) conceptual framework to identify pathways by which WLR could reduce poverty and increase wellbeing of women and their households in rural areas.

Exploring the impacts of alternative investments on poverty, hunger, and environment

The recent report by the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight team (part of PIM's research flagship 1) seeks to help the CGIAR centers and research programs, as well as donors and other decision makers assess the overall impact and benefits of investing in international and national agricultural research programs.

Toward leaner and more effective value chain development. Special journal edition on inclusive VCD and associated services

Since the early 2000’s, practitioners and researchers have been working on ways to design market-oriented development interventions with smallholders. Many of the findings have provided positive experiences by a given NGO or project in a particular context. Early writings helped to put value chain development (VCD) on the development agenda, while advancing innovation in market-based >> Read more