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Recommendations…to co-create and or not to co-create?

As part of our efforts to make our work more useful for donors, implementing organisations and, ultimately, the people we’re...

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Learning how to create a culture of learning

When we evaluated how the Norwegian Aid Administration practised Results-Based Management (RBM) earlier this year, one of our...

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The power of parsimony: why less might be more when it comes to grantee reporting

Itad's Laura Hopkins and Rob Lloyd identify three key ways in which funders and grantees can work together to reorient the...

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What else does the MVP evaluation tell us?

In this blog, we dig deeper into the findings to explore the impact of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Northern Ghana...

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New paper on African investments: The limits of job creation and social metrics

Metrics are useful, and the widespread use of standardised metrics and ratings have been helpful over the years. Still, many...

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Reflections on evaluating integrated rural development

The latest IDS Bulletin ‘The Millennium Villages: Lessons on Evaluating Integrated Rural Development‘ brings together a...

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Unforeseen benefits of the Millennium Villages Project in Northern Ghana

In this blog, Dee Jupp shares her experiences living in the home of an extended family in one of the Millennium Villages in...

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Beyond venture capital: Being purposeful about investing in Ghana

Our new paper on African investments offers insights into improving social benefits: it can be achieved but requires...

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Changing gender norms at scale: Results and evidence of what works from Voices for Change in Nigeria

Recently, there’s been an increasing interest in the role of social norms in shaping people’s aspirations and promoting...

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Is my social protection programme ‘shock-responsive’ or ‘adaptive’?

What is adaptive social protection? How does it differ from shock responsive social protection? Why does it matter? These were...

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Five key principles for Adaptive Social Protection programming

‘Adaptive Social Protection’ (ASP) came from a realisation that social protection, disaster risk reduction and climate...

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Savings in Sub-Saharan Africa: Access, Policies and Priorities

Saving hasn't kept up with access in the growth of financial inclusion. A new report sets out to understand trends in savings...

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Using a social norms approach to tackle corruption in Nigeria

As a teenager in a rural community in Nigeria, I often witnessed the scorn and disgrace heaped on officials of village...

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Blended finance & addressing the evidence gap – Reflections from an OECD workshop

Earlier this week I was at an OECD workshop hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Engaging adolescent girls in governance processes: lessons from Northern Nigeria

Itad conducted an independent impact evaluation of the DFID-funded Mobilising for Development (M4D) programme, which aimed to...

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Can football tackle violence against women and girls?

Over the years, there has been steadily growing interest in the idea that sport can make a difference in development, beyond...