Policy brief

Defunding Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Authors: David Cortright, Anna Romandash

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2024

In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, developed democracies have imposed thousands of restrictions on Russian energy exports, international financing, and imports of weapons and military-related technology, with the goal of reducing state revenues and constraining the capacity for continued war. The sanctions have...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

Policy brief

Defending Democracy with Deliberative Technology

Author: Lisa Schirch

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2024

Deliberative technologies offer policymakers, think tanks, tech companies, and civil society new paths to stem the tide of democratic backsliding. This brief recommends using deliberative technologies to: Foster more robust civic engagement Build trust in public institutions by aligning governance with public will Improve...

Topics: Governance, Policy

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

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

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

Policy brief

How to Canton Ex-Combatants: Lessons from Peacebuilding with the FARC

Author: Sally Sharif

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, January 2022

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) programs have become an essential part of peace processes, sometimes constituting an important piece of peace negotiations and peace agreements. They generally aim at disbanding rebel wartime structures for the purpose of peace. However, when dealing with rebel groups...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

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