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

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

Policy brief

Subsistence Rights and Nigeria’s Continuing Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Authors: Diane Desierto, Fidelis Olokunboro

Pulte Institute for Global Development, Keough School of Global Affairs, November 2021

It is a continuing paradox in 2021 that Nigeria is a country of vast natural resources and energy reserves, Africa’s largest oil producer, and a powerful member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), yet poverty and inequality remain extremely rampant. Forty percent...

Topics: Business & Economics, Civil & Human Rights, Governance, Policy

Policy brief

Maximizing Returns on Data Science Investments: The Evolution of Data-Driven Decision-Making in Development

Authors: Michael Cooper, Paul Perrin

Pulte Institute, May 2021

This policy brief was developed to assist decision-making in the field of international development on when and how to best utilize data science methods. It is meant to assist all levels of decision-making (from the field to the boardroom) as well as development actors...

Topics: Business & Economics

Policy brief

The Futures of Work in South Bend in 2035: A Participatory Foresight Study

Authors: Alessandro Fergnani, Swapnil Motghare

Pulte Institute, August 2020

The majority of studies on the future of work are predictive in nature, often taking a bird’s-eye view that overlooks the importance of local context. This brief presents six scenarios of the futures of work in South Bend that emphasize stress-point events and phenomena...

Topics: Business & Economics, Culture & Society

Policy report

Principles and Methodologies for Strategic Monitoring in Fragile States

Authors: Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Madhav Joshi, Laurie Nathan, Ambassador (ret.) Susan D. Page, Paul Perrin, Tom Purekal, Jason Quinn, Rachel Sweet

Keough School of Global Affairs, June 2020

The Global Fragility Act of 2019 (GFA) is the first United States government-wide initiative to prevent and reduce violent conflict in fragile countries and regions. Authored and passed through Congress with strong bipartisan support, the GFA mandates an unprecedented interagency process to identify root...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

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