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We are all advocates

About twenty years ago I was working for a well-known nongovernment organization (NGO), campaigning on many issues from access to affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, to advocating for fair trade for small farmers.  When asked what I did I explained about my advocacy for social justice.  “Oh so, you’re promoting communism?” was the response.

Haidy Ear-Dupuy

Is Asia ready for Social Impact Bonds?

Raising finance for projects which are socially important but have little appeal to hard-nosed investors has been a major challenge for governments and donor agencies in the past. But now a new instrument has been developed which offers a fresh way forward—Social Impact Bonds. 
 

Thiam Hee Ng

Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 

Anuradha Rajivan

Pushing the Boundaries for Women

Fifteen years ago I was working for a nongovernment organization (NGO) in Bangladesh documenting stories of training and economic empowerment of communities. A common recurring theme in virtually all the communities was the gender stereotyping in skills training programs.

Uzma Hoque

Making Impact Evaluation Matter

Over the last week, 3ie staff in Delhi, London and Washington were busy coordinating conference logistics, finalizing the program, and putting the last touches to their presentations. This is usual  preparation for a conference but this one is going to be different. Why? Because the participant mix–of more than 500 people–is balanced among policymakers, program managers, implementers, and researchers.

Heather Lanthorn

Impact evaluations crucial for effective public policy

Asian countries are increasingly turning to investing in dedicated development programs rather than relying entirely on economic growth to deliver better social outcomes. Evaluations of their actual impact have not always accompanied such decision making, but where they have, it has made a key difference.

Vinod Thomas

Beating Malaria, Again

Malaria can be beaten. Proof of this can be found in the fact that across the Asia Pacific region, millions of people who would have died from the disease are living healthy, productive lives. Still, malaria remains a serious threat to lives and livelihoods. Endemic in 22 countries across Asia, it is contracted by an estimated 32 million people annually and kills 47,000 of them.

Patricia Moser

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