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Weather indexed insurance for smallholder farmers: a survey of evidence

This paper argues that weather indexed micro-insurance has the potential to be a cost effective mechanism to protect farmers against climate risks, help them shift to high yield crops, move [more]…

An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Afghanistan

This brief explore the potential future policy options for the Indian government and does not touch upon the initiatives already undertaken by New Delhi in Afghanistan. New Delhi, the author [more]…

Deterrence, Second Strike and Credibility: Revisiting India’s Nuclear Strategy Debate

The past few years have produced considerable debate over India’s nuclear strategy and posture. Much of it has revolved around the credibility of India’s nuclear arsenal. This is an important [more]…

Civil Society and Development in West Africa: Issues, Problems and Doubts

West Africa’s multiple civil societies are as diverse in form, size, motive, constitution and approach as the distinct contexts in which they operate. Though much is attributed to them, there [more]…

Can formal banking raise the incomes of the poor?

This brief clarifies that formal banking services may be able to reduce market imperfections and financial constraints, creating the opportunity for higher incomes. However, limited supply and demand may constrain [more]…

Direct funding of health facilities: findings from an evaluation of the Health Sector Services Fund in Kenya

The Health Sector Services Fund (HSSF) is an innovative scheme that provides funds directly to primary health facilities. It was established in 2010 by the Government of Kenya with the aim [more]…

The IPCC and treatment of uncertainties: topics and sources of dissensus

The researchers for this paper reviewed published literature that outline disagreement or dissensus on the guidance note in the IPCC assessment process, structured as three distinct topics. First, whether the [more]…

The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: What's in it for Africa?

This executive summary highlights that Africa’s climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt. It argues that climate change will have widespread impacts on African society and [more]…

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Lami Town, Republic of Fiji

This abridged report looks at the climate vulnerability of Lami Town in the Republic of Fiji. Urban communities in Fiji are located in highly hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. [more]…

Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience (Human Development Report 2014)

This report makes the case that the sustained enhancement of individuals’ and societies’ capabilities is necessary to reduce persistent vulnerabilities – many of them structural and many of them tied [more]…

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