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  • Making the Case for the Impact Evaluation of Investment Projects by Development Banks

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    In contrast to commercial banks, whose primary focus lies in financial services for profitability, development banks finance projects that contribute to societal progress. In this article, Dr Nicola Francesconi, a senior economist at KIT Institute, makes the case for adopting more rigorous impact evaluation techniques within development banks. These techniques would allow us to truly […]

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  • Debating the Dutch Government’s new strategy for Africa

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    By Nicola Francesconi KIT recently co-hosted the debate ‘Redefining Relations’ on the Dutch Government’s newly launched Africa Strategy. The debate centred around the question: What does an equal partnership between African and Dutch institutions look like? Following up on the discussion, Dr. Nicola Francesconi, a senior economist at KIT, shares his thoughts on the key […]

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  • “The expression of consent changes with context and culture”: Lalla Fatouma Traore on the concept of consent in Mali.

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    This World Sexual Health Day 2023, we talk to one of our close collaborators on sexual health education in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, Lalla Fatouma Traore, about this year’s theme – consent. Lalla has worked with KIT on numerous projects. She taught most of the content related to sexual and reproductive health and rights […]

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  • International Women’s Day Through the Eyes of a Gender Advisor at KIT: Commemorating the Past, Present, and Future

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    International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women worldwide in all their diversity. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. To me – a gender advisor at KIT – it is an important moment to commemorate the past, present and future. In order to understand where […]

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  • What role for multi-stakeholder initiatives in responsible business conduct?

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    Learning from the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and TextileBy Verena Bitzer, KIT Senior Advisor The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) was a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to make global textile supply chains more sustainable. When it came to a close at the end of 2021, KIT conducted the final evaluation to assess […]

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  • Curbing the ‘shadow pandemic’

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    Part II: What governments and civil society organisations can do to address gender-based violence during the pandemic Violence against women and girls is on the rise. In part one of this blog series, I examined how COVID-19 is spurring a ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence (GBV), especially in the home. This is due in part […]

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  • When home is not a safe place: exposing the intersections of domestic gender-based violence during COVID-19

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    Part I Violence against women and girls is intensifying at an alarming rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, referred to gender-based violence (GBV) in the home as a shadow pandemic: “Confinement under stay-at-home orders is ‘a perfect storm’ for violent behaviour behind closed doors as it exacerbates tensions about […]

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  • The Dutch approach to abortion: leading or lagging in guaranteeing women’s rights?

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    By Lisa Juanola, KIT SRHR Advisor and Irene de Vries, KIT Advisor on SRHR, Maternal and Newborn Care. Internationally, the fight for the right to safe and legal abortion is ongoing. The Netherlands is blessed with liberal laws and good access to safe abortion care, meaning it often serves as an example. The Netherlands is also a leading country […]

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  • Local ownership creates project resilience

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    Strengthening universities’ legal education in remote areas in times of COVID-19 Creating local ownership of a development project greatly increases its resilience to crisis. This is an important lesson we are learning in our SLEEI project, which has continued largely unaffected in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is thanks to the strong sense […]

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  • Unprotected & Unheard, Home Care Workers Fall Victim to COVID-19

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    By Prisca Zwanikken, KIT Senior Advisor Dutch home care workers look after many of the people most vulnerable to COVID-19, often without the protection afforded to other health care workers. They deserve better. As the pandemic swept through the Netherlands in early March, I was seconded to help in the fight against COVID-19. It quickly […]

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  • Rethinking Data Collection: Collect the Collected!

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    By Esther Smits, KIT Impact, Evaluation & Learning I give him a questioning look: “And? How did it go today?” He sighs and explains: “It was not easy; people are not eager to speak to us. They were already visited by a team from the Ministry of Agriculture last week and by an NGO the […]

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  • From Crisis to Innovation: Empowerment in Self-Administered Abortion

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    By Ophelia Chatterjee, Lisa Juanola and Nicole Moran The rituals that help us to care for our own health and that of others have taken on new significance in the age of COVID-19. Familiar, everyday activities such as handwashing assume a heightened urgency (and even their own soundtracks), while the benefits of less familiar precautions […]

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  • Back to the Street

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    How social distancing is affecting regulated sex work in the Netherlands By Hannah Kabelka, KIT Junior Advisor The international community has often looked up to the Dutch government’s progressive approach to making sex work both visible and legal. But the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the landscape for Dutch sex workers and laid bare four uncomfortable […]

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  • How COVID-19 Spreads Among Us

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    By Ente Rood, KIT Epidemiologist Geographic analysis of COVID-19 surveillance data can help us better understand how the virus spreads and design more effective mitigation measures for future waves of the pandemic. As COVID-19 spreads around the world, politicians and public health authorities are confronted with a devilish dilemma as they try to balance the […]

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  • Mothers

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    By Irene de Vries, KIT SRHR Advisor Mothers. Those who love and are loved. Those who inspire. Those who educate, nurture, create, comfort, challenge, and protect. Those who face risks to their health to bring life. And those who risk further marginalisation in a world under the spell of a new virus. Even though the […]

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  • Now more than ever, African governments need reliable data

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    By Sandra Alba, Christina Mergenthaler & Roland Kielman At the end of March 2020, in an interview with the BBC, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia, spoke about the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed almost 5,000 Liberians. “Fear drove people to run, to hide, to hoard to protect their own,” […]

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  • The Pitfalls of the Periphery in Gender

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    To fully realise gender equality and women’s empowerment, companies must move beyond strategies and policies that focus exclusively on the ‘business case’ for gender work.

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Dispatches

Series
  • Dispatch from: KIT Institute’s Hub in Colombia

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    By Sandra Quintero, Team Lead for KIT Institute’s Colombia Hub In 2023, KIT Institute’s Gender team, in collaboration with the Global Health and Sustainable Economic Development teams, launched a new hub in Colombia. The time is ripe for such a development; Colombia’s government is actively pursuing inclusive policies and is keen to make Colombia a […]

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  • Dispatch from: The A3 Seed Project in Juba, South Sudan

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    By Lisa de Graaf KIT has been working on the A3-SEED, Accelerating Agriculture and Agribusiness, project in South Sudan with IFDC since 2021. Nicola Francesconi, Sandra Quintero, and I recently travelled to Juba as part of the project. Commercialising the South Sudanese Seed Sector Since South Sudan became a sovereign state in 2011, the country’s […]

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Power of Knowledge

Event blogs
  • Vice Versa reports on the Power of Knowledge conference

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    Knowledge is power and, for now, knowledge is dominated by the richest countries. Thus Dutch magazine Vice Versa writes in its report on the Power of Knowledge conference; Kennis dekoloniseren is pijnlijk en nodig (Decolonising knowledge is painful and necessary). The annual Power of Knowledge conference is the latest initiative to bring together professionals concerned with […]

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  • Reflections on the Power of Knowledge 2022

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    Thirty students sponsored by the Kenniscentrum Global Health joined the Power of Knowledge event on 1 September 2022. They were all asked to share their reflections on the event; of which five were chosen and published. Creating equitable partnerships The main goal of the event was to examine how the North-South paradigm shapes the flow […]

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  • ‘If we want things to stay as they are, everything needs to change’

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    In Italian, ‘Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come è, bisogna che tutto cambi .‘ In the lead up the Power of Knowledge event, Sandra Alba, Senior Epidemiologist at KIT, grapples with what redressing the power imbalances in knowledge exchange means to her and why it’s vital we address this issue now. This famous Italian saying comes […]

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  • “We know who holds most of the power, and they need to change”: Dr Samuel Oti on parity and the power of knowledge

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    As a public health professional who has written several peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Oti is very vocal about the power imbalances that plague the practice of global health. He has spoken at many events about decolonizing knowledge. Before he travels to Amsterdam from Nairobi, Kenya, he speaks to us about why he considers it important to […]

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