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Calling for Business Unusual: Reforming Climate Finance

The climate finance system is failing to respond to the triple crises of poverty, climate and nature. Going further and faster on climate action requires a whole-of-society response and more, and better climate finance that reaches local levels. So, what needs to change? This briefing sets out some principles for reforming the current climate finance system.

WLSME Evaluation Factsheet

In the absence of more structured and controlled impact assessments, it is still unclear as to which interventions are more likely to create and grow female-led SMEs, and why.

Poverty Outreach in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

This research paper shares findings from a large-scale randomized control trial conducted in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The paper describes the poverty profile of community members that participate in CRS' Savings and Internal Lending Communities and shows that CRS is reaching the very poor. Additionally, communities that paid for SILC services through Private Service Providers achieved greater resilience than those that received subsidized support through the traditional field agent approach.     About SILC Innovations

Agent Productivity in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

A randomized control trial evaluation found that savings-group agents who operated on a fee-for-service basis showed higher variability and formed fewer groups on average than project-paid agents over the same period.

Group Performance in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

A randomized control trial evaluation shows that savings groups supported by fee-for-service agents significantly outperform groups supported by stipend-paid agents on a wide range of key financial and membership measures.

Smart Note: Responding to a Crisis at Fundeser

The Smart Note, “Responding to a Crisis at Fundeser” describes how the MFI dealt with the aftermath of both the worldwide credit crisis and the internal No Pay Movement (Movimiento No Pago).

VEGA Tourism Qualifications

VEGA and its members have long recognized the potential of tourism as key to economic growth in developing countries and are actively working on programs using an integrated cross-sectoral approach to sustainable tourism.

Turning Economic Growth into Nutrition-Sensitive Growth

Turning Economic Growth into Nutrition-Sensitive Growth reviews the available evidence for the link between economic growth and improvements in nutrition. It reaches several conclusions. First, economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to impact nutritional status. Further, growth in agriculture is generally more beneficial for nutrition than growth in non-agricultural sectors, though this depends upon the size of the sector, the resulting impacts on food availability, and the extent to which food security is a challenge.

Value Chains for Nutrition

Value Chains and Nutrition provides an important overview of the theoretical and actual application of the value chain approach to improving nutrition.  It outlines the pathways through which the two can interact, and then summarizes eight case studies in which value chain-related initiatives have addressed nutrition.

Gender: A Key Dimension Linking Agricultural Programs to Improved Nutrition and Health

This short brief finds that gender is a critical factor shaping the impact of agricultural programming on food security and health. The paper suggests that positive impacts are more likely when the agricultural intervention enhances women's control over assets and includes nutrition education to ensure better use of additional food or income.  The brief presents three agricultural development strategies in terms of their gender impacts — household food production, linking smallholders to markets, and large-scale agriculture — and recommends ways to ensure that each of these strate

The Nexus between Agriculture and Nutrition: Do Growth Patterns and Conditional Factors Matter?

This short brief examines the international evidence on the influence of economic growth on nutritional status. It finds conflicting evidence on the relationship between the two. The role of growth of agricultural subsectors in nutritional status varies depending upon several factors: the sector's linkages with the rest of the economy, its initial size and geographic concentration, its growth potential, and market opportunities.

Market-based approaches to nutrition improvement and food security and linkages to agriculture: TechnoServe’s Evolving Strategy

This presentation by TechnoServe presents the organization's strategy for improving nutrition through its work with the private sector. Five strategies are outlined: nutritional reviews, food fortification, commercialization of nutritious food, crop diversification, and encouraging embedded nutritional services by value chain actors. The presentation briefly examples two examples of how this strategy could be applied.

Growth is Good, but is Not Enough to Improve Nutrition

This brief of a longer paper presents several important findings of relevance to value chain programs.  First, work in the agricultural sector will have a greater impact on nutrition at higher levels of poverty but becomes less important as it declines, when the development of other sectors will be more important to nutritional gains.  Second, economic growth alone is insufficient to address all aspects of child malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.  Examples of Malawi and Yemen illustrate how the development of agricultural value chains that would be appropriate in th