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  • Assessing Resilience Among Fairtrade-Certified Smallholder Farmers and Workers

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    For smallholder farmers and agriculture workers around the world, several global trends—such as climate change, a lack of access to adaptive technology, and volatile agriculture markets and pricing—have been making smallholder farming an increasingly difficult way of life. The coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated farmer’ livelihoods, as their access to production inputs, local transportation, and global supply chains have...

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  • Building a Resilient Digital Financial Ecosystem through Meaningful Inclusion

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    COVID-19 has left a tangible impact on the financial sector’s key functions by posing several operational challenges—obstruction in physical payments, delayed collections, a dip in customer acquisitions, and other liquidity related stresses. Overcoming these challenges warrants a radical shift in the way financial institutions operate. The pandemic has exposed the urgency of the situation. Against this backdrop, we must...

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  • Assessing Institutional Capacity Among Town Water Utilities in Ethiopia

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    As climate change, shifts in population, and other global factors contribute to unpredictable and uneven access to safe drinking water, it is becoming more important than ever to have frameworks in place that manage water supply in vulnerable geographies. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 calls for “universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for...

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  • Collective Intelligence and Citizen Data for Water Management: Reflections from the Chennai Floods

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    World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22, allows us to focus on this most vital of resources, and the ways in which we can ensure its purity and availability for future generations. This year, the United Nations has selected the theme of Valuing Water, as an invitation to reflect on what water means to each of us....

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  • Water Balance Plans: The Importance of Co-production of Knowledge and Action for Integrated, Inclusive, and Resilient Management of Water Resources

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    Today, millions around the world are celebrating World Water Day. This year’s World Water Day theme—Valuing Water—serves as an invitation to reflect on what water means to each of us. We can look to water’s role in strengthening human security or in maintaining the health of the planet’s ecosystems. In each instance, we are attaching a value to this...

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  • Integrating Gender in Nutrition Programming: Some Considerations and Strategies

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    Today day marks 110 years since International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911. More visible forms of gender discrimination have, unarguably, reduced over these years, but less visible inequities continue to exist and persist in all aspects of life, including access to and utilization of nutritional provisions and services. Women’s biological functions and roles imply loss of iron...

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  • The Next Frontier of Rural Sanitation Policy in India: Health and Social equity

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    It has been one year since the Government of India declared all of rural India – Open Defecation Free (ODF) – a landmark moment for sanitation in India. This achievement is considered a success of the government’s flagship programme – Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (which translates to Clean India Mission). With World Toilet Day coming up next month, it...

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  • Designing an M&E System for Impact Evaluation: Tips for Program Designers and Evaluators!

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    Not another blog! Isn’t measurement old hat? Excitingly, sixteen new Green Climate Fund (GCF) projects have just been invited to the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU)’s Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment (LORTA) program this year. Depending on ownership, commitment, financial and logistical feasibility, geographic distribution, and measurement capabilities, the IEU will select six of these projects to provide better and timely...

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