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Rethinking the Humanitarian Business Model
May 30, 2018
Disrupting the traditional humanitarian business model holds risks that must be managed carefully. If this disruption proceeds in an ad hoc manner, it could harm humanitarian effectiveness. Donors should reexamine their funding practices and work closely with aid groups to ensure these changes deliv...
Unequal Ventures: Baseline Study of Gender and Entrepreneurship in East Java, Indonesia (Factsheet)
April 26, 2018
Women own a large and growing proportion of businesses in Indonesia, estimated at over half of all micro, small, and medium enterprises. However, women’s economic outcomes are not equal to those of men.
A Bangladesh Compact: Beyond Aid Solutions for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities
April 17, 2018
Bangladesh is providing an immense global public good, hosting more than 688,000 Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar since August 2017.
Tackling the Realities of Protracted Displacement: Case Studies on What’s Working and Where We Can Do Better
April 17, 2018
The international community has come together in new ways to address forced displacement—one of the biggest challenges of the early twenty-first century.
More Mobilizing, Less Lending: A Pragmatic Proposal for MDBs
April 03, 2018
MDB private sector operations or windows (PSWs) are essential actors in mobilizing private finance for development, but their mobilization track record to date falls far short of a meaningful contribution to annual SDG financing gaps in the trillions
Mindful Saving: Exploring the Power of Savings for Women (Factsheet)
March 22, 2018
Mobile savings hold great promise for empowering women entrepreneurs. Women are often disproportionately burdened by high transaction costs to access savings accounts.
Can Regular Migration Channels Reduce Irregular Migration? Lessons for Europe from the United States
February 14, 2018
Lawful migration channels are often suggested as a tool to reduce unlawful migration, but often without much evidence that they work. There is evidence that lawful channels for migration between Mexico and the United States have suppressed unlawful migration, but only when combined with robust enfor...
Can Development Assistance Deter Emigration?
February 12, 2018
As waves of migrants have crossed the Mediterranean and the US Southwest border, development agencies have received a de facto mandate: to deter migration from poor countries. Will it work? Here we review the evidence on whether foreign aid has been directed toward these “root causes” in...
Tax and Development: New Frontiers of Research and Action (Brief)
February 08, 2018
Domestic measures have greater potential for raising tax yields over time. Rough estimates indicate that there may be $9 of additional tax capacity from domestic policy measures for every $1 from international action. The main enabler is political commitment.
Identification Revolution: Can Digital ID Be Harnessed for Development? (Brief)
January 16, 2018
Recent advances in the scope and sophistication of identification systems could have far-reaching consequences for development. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are common features that ID systems should share if they are to support development.