Policy brief

Building Resilience to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa through Irrigation Investments

Authors: Nancy McCarthy, Paul Winters

Pulte Institute for Global Development, Keough School of Global Affairs, November 2022

There is renewed interest in irrigation to help build climate resilience in sub-Saharan on the part of governments and donors. However, many previous irrigation investments have significantly underperformed. In this brief we consider the factors that are associated with irrigation system performance for two...

Topics: Sustainability

Policy brief

A People-Centered Approach to Development and Human Security in Afghanistan

Author: Nilofar Sakhi

Pulte Institute for Global Development, Keough School of Global Affairs, November 2022

This policy brief is about a people-centered approach to development and human security in Afghanistan. It stresses the need for development programs to be inclusive, with contributions and ownership from people in the local communities and private sectors, to promote a new discourse and...

Topics: Civil & Human Rights, Policy

Working paper

Water and Human Rights, Unlocked: A Guide for Water-Intensive Industries

Authors: Marc F. Muller, Diane Desierto, Ellis Adams, Georges Enderle, Elizabeth Dolan, Ray Offenheiser, Leonardo Bertassello, Nathaniel Hanna, Shambhavi Shekokar, Sean O'Neill, Tom Purekal

Pulte Institute for Global Development, November 2022

Worsening global water insecurity drastically impairs the health and livelihoods of communities throughout the world, while further endangering interlinked ecosystems in our planet. This is especially true in areas impacted by water-intensive, yet critically needed, industries like the mining, beverage, garment, and agriculture sectors....

Topics: Sustainability

Case study

Equitable Food Initiative: Innovation to Address the Plight of Farmworkers

Author: Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, October 2022

In 2008, Oxfam staff envisioned a new approach to address the poverty wages and harsh conditions of farmworkers, one of the most mistreated workforces in the United States. Oxfam created a multi-stakeholder initiative, bringing together for the first time all the key players in...

Topics: Civil & Human Rights, Culture & Society, Policy

Case study

Joe Biden’s Spending Plans: Building Back Better?

Authors: Lakshmi Iyer, Eduardo Pagés

Keough School of Global Affairs, July 2022

In December 2021, US President Joe Biden faced the decision of whether to push forward with the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which would increase US government spending by more than $2 trillion. Three previous spending bills had already been passed over the previous...

Topics: Business & Economics, COVID-19, Governance

Case study

What’s in Your Cup? Oxfam America Takes on Starbucks

Authors: Nick Galasso, Barbara Durr, Benjamin Topa

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2022

Some of the world’s best coffee is grown in Ethiopia, where the livelihoods of 1.5 million small farmers depend on selling their superior beans at a fair price. But in the late 1990s and early 2000s, prices in the global coffee market plummeted. To...

Topics: Business & Economics, Policy

Policy brief

Do Not Transform Food Systems on the Backs of the Rural Poor

Authors: Benjamin Davis, Leslie Lipper, Paul Winters

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

Much current thinking on food system transformation focuses on the global level and often prioritizes the planet over the poor. Transformative approaches that seek to achieve better nutritional and environmental outcomes without consideration of how proposed changes affect the potential for inclusive growth could...

Topics: Policy, Sustainability

Policy brief

Amazonía Lee Long-Term Impact Evaluation: Influence of an Early Grade Reading Program on Regional Policy

Authors: Camila Fernández, Larissa Campuzano, Ivonne Padilla, Nancy Murray, Danice Guzmán

Pulte Institute for Global Development, Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

While there has been remarkable progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal #4 of inclusive and equitable quality education, important deficits in learning and access to education remain for disadvantaged and marginalized populations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries. Low- and middle-income countries...

Topics: Education, Policy

Case study

From Crisis Management to Feminist Leadership at Oxfam America

Authors: Sara Gaviser Leslie, Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

Oxfam, the international nongovernmental organization, was rocked by press revelations in 2018 of sexual misconduct in its 2011 Haiti humanitarian operations following the devasting earthquake there. The scandal, which occurred amid a crescendo of the #MeToo movement, challenged the new leader of Oxfam’s American...

Topics: Governance, Policy

Case study

Improving Surgical Care in Zambia: Building a National Plan

Authors: Steve Reifenberg, Luke Maillie, Molly Kuehn, Jens Henrik Munthe-Kaas, Matthew Weyenberg

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

The case, Improving Surgical Care in Zambia: Building a National Plan, examines how the government of Zambia developed the first in the world National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP) from 2015-2017. The Zambian government incorporated recommendations from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery...

Topics: Health, Policy

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