Food systems: From concept to practice and vice versa
Food systems have usually been conceptualized as a set of activities ranging from production through to consumption, often represented as a value chain. However, the increasing attention to food security has also expanded the understanding of food systems.
Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development
Innovation platforms are fast becoming part of the mantra of agricultural research for development projects and programmes. Their basic tenet is that stakeholders depend on one another to achieve agricultural development outcomes, and hence need a space where they can learn, negotiate and coordinate to overcome challenges and capture opportunities through a facilitated innovation process. Although much has been written on how to implement and facilitate innovation platforms efficiently, few
studies support ex-ante appraisal of when and for what purpose innovation platforms provide an appropriate mechanism for achieving development outcomes, and what kinds of human and financial resource investments and enabling environments are required. Without these insights, innovation platforms run the risk of being promoted as a panacea for all problems in the agricultural sector. This study makes clear that not all constraints will require innovation platforms and, if there is a simpler and cheaper alternative, that should be considered first. Based on the review of critical design principles and plausible outcomes of innovation platforms, this study provides a decision support tool for research, development
and funding agencies that can enhance more critical thinking about the purposes and conditions under which innovation platforms can contribute to achieving agricultural development outcomes.
Annual review of Child Protection Fund 2018
The purpose of this project was to review progress of the Child Protection Fund that supports the National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children over the last 12 month, with a particular focus on the National Case Management System.
The situation of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sindh, Pakistan
2018 Midline Study
Child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Pakistan are a reflection of the patriarchal nature of Pakistani society characterized by deeply rooted gender inequalities, hierarchy, social norms, and poverty. Poor quality of education, limited economic opportunities and a lack of comprehensive information regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) limits young people to be empowered individuals and realize their SRHR.
Archetypes: Common systemic behaviours in food systems
System archetypes represent generic behavioural patterns – or system dynamics – in any system. The concept of archetypes is mostly applied in the context of business management and organizational life. But similar archetypes of system behaviour can be found in food systems.
UHC/SRHR targets and indicators
The assignment was aimed at producing a mapping of targets and indicator measuring progress on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) within the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development
Innovation Platforms are fast becoming part of the mantra of agricultural research for development projects and programmes. Their basic tenet is that stakeholders depend on one another to achieve agricultural development outcomes, and hence need a space where they can learn, negotiate, and coordinate to overcome challenges and capture opportunities through a facilitated innovation process. This important publication provides a critical analysis of Innovation Platforms, their defining features, key functions, and what they can and – as importantly – cannot do.
Review health fund proposal Myanmar
Purpose of this project was to review the completeness and quality of the proposal to support the assessment of the review by the Sida health advisor in Myanmar. As a follow up to an earlier mission.
Evaluation of a Postnatal Home Visiting Program for mothers, neonates and their families in Gaza, State of Palestine, over the period 2011 – 2016
The United Nations International Children’s Fund State of Palestine (UNICEF SoP) has contracted the KIT-Juzoor consortium to conduct an external evaluation of the Post Natal Home Visiting (PNHV) programme for postnatal mothers, neonates and their families implemented in Gaza in a humanitarian context. This final report describes the purpose of the evaluation, the methodology used, its limitations and key evaluation finding and pointers towards recommendations in relation to the PNHV programme in Gaza. The evaluation covers the period 2011 until the end of 2016. This evaluation was rated as highly satisfactory and as one of the best evaluations of 2018 by UNICEF global.
Coming Full Circle
This paper presents findings from a study which sought to understand why health workers working under the results-based financing (RBF) arrangements in Zimbabwe reported being satisfied with the improvements in working conditions and compensation, but paradoxically reported lower motivation levels compared to those not working under RBF arrangements.
Mapping SRHR actors Ethiopia
This project consists of:
– A brief account of the existing situation in SRHR in Ethiopia with regards to SRHR policy priorities for SIDA and work by UNFPA.
– Mapping of organisations/ key actors in SRHR, including IPPF´s affiliate Family Guidance Ethiopia, PSI, DKT, MSI, CORHA (network for SRHR organisations), IPAS, Packard Foundation the format of a matrix.
-Recommendation on possible themes/ actors for SIDA to work on/with.
Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways
This paper dives into past impact evaluations of nutrition sensitive agricultural programs to unpack the different approaches to how they analysed women’s empowerment. It focuses on evaluation objectives, evaluation design methodologies and choice of indicators. The paper applies a women’s empowerment lens to agricultural-nutrition pathways framework to understand how nutrition sensitive programs addressed women’s role and influence (or lack thereof) in relation to key decision making moments along the pathways. These include decisions on what is produced, what is sold and how income is used, and how these influence what is consumed in the household and by whom. The household, and intra household dynamics, are the level that the analysis of the impact evaluations specifically looks at.
Can a motivational intervention create greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of groups that are currently denied their rights? The case of men having sex with men in Bangladesh.
UHC and SRHR
The assignment would be aimed at producing a short background document which can increase our understanding of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) within the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Initiation ceremonies in Traditional Authority Liwonde in Machinga District in Southern Malawi:
What do they look like now and before; and do they influence young people’s behaviour regarding sex and relationships?
The baseline study of the YES I DO (YID) programme found, among other issues, that initiation ceremonies stimulate young people to experiment with sex, leading to teenage pregnancy and consequently (child) marriage. This study was initiated to explore how initiation ceremonies have evolved over the last 30 years and especially how they have impacted on youth sexual and reproductive health behaviour.
Understanding agribusiness-based advisory services: Findings of a learning trajectory
Findings of a learning trajectory–Full Report
In many low- and middle-income countries, agribusinesses are deeply engaged in providing services to small- and medium-scale farmers. Such services can include agricultural advisory services or extension. Yet this phenomenon of agribusiness-based advisory services (ABAS) has received relatively little attention in the study of and discussions on advisory services (Babu & Zhou, 2016; IDH, 2016, 2017). This is a critical oversight, as agribusinesses are increasingly present as service providers, and hence shape the prevailing service landscape for smallholder farmers. Importantly, agribusinesses face various challenges in their role as service providers, with impacts both on the agribusinesses themselves and on their ability to contribute to inclusive agricultural development.
Gaining insight into the magnitude of and factors influencing child marriage and teenage pregnancy and their consequences in Pakistan
YES I DO. is a strategic alliance of five Dutch organizations which main aim is to enhance the decision making space of young people about if, when and whom to marry as well as if, when and with whom to have children.
Aquaculture value chain analysis in Cambodia
Aquaculture development in Cambodia is recent compared to its neighbouring countries in South East Asia. Production has been growing in the last decade, whilst imports of farmed fish from Vietnam and Thailand remain high. Despite general availability of land and less polluted water in Cambodia, the value chain (VC) is suffering from low sanitary standards of inputs and products. Nevertheless, there is significant potential for growth and diversification of species and fish farming systems, in order to supply the domestic and regional markets more efficiently
Executive Summary: enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways
This document provides an executive summary of a larger report on “Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design”. See main report for detail on references and recommendations, including links to additional resources and the promising approaches.
Desk study on donors and global programmes on SRHR in SSA
Brief mapping of donors and global programmes on SRHR in SSA as input in the Mid-Term Review of implementation of the Swedish Strategy on SRHR in SSA