Promoting latrine use in rural India: what does the evidence say?

17 November 2017
Author: Shaon Lahiri

India is responsible for the majority of the world’s open defecation – a practice that spreads disease and cuts lives short. To address the issue, the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM; Clean India Mission), which completes its third year, has been providing toilets, particularly in rural areas where they are most needed.  SBM has also made explicit the importance of behaviour change and getting people to use those toilets.

Strengthening impact evaluation ecosystems by supporting local research teams

26 October 2017
Author: Benjamin DK Wood

Building a culture of evidence is a tall order, one that demands the engagement of different stakeholders committed to evidence-informed policy. While we embed capacity-building activities in our grant programmes, we continue to explore alternative approaches beyond our grants to increase local researchers’ familiarity with impact evaluation, so the pool of research centers able to provide impact evaluation services in a given country expands.

Reflections on the impact of agricultural certification on well-being

03 October 2017
Author: Daniel Phillips

Carlos Oya and colleagues recently published a systematic review of agricultural certification schemes that stands out for me as useful research for informing policy and programming. Why do I say that? Agricultural certification schemes set and monitor compliance to voluntary standards with the objective of making production socially sustainable and terms of trade fairer for smallholder farmers and workers.

Preparation meets opportunity: how 3ie’s stakeholder engagement paid off on HIV self-testing

30 August 2017
Author: Anna Heard

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. What I know is that HIV self-testing has finally made it. At this year’s International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science there were an array of posters, oral abstract presentations and satellite sessions on research related to HIV self-testing.

How many scientific facts are there about science, technology, and innovation for development?

31 March 2017
Author: Annette Brown

In a recent blog post, Ronda Zelezny-Green and Alexandra Tyers claim “now scientific fact: mobile money can lift women out of poverty”. The scientific fact they cite comes from a new study [gated] published in Science by Tavneet Suri and William Jack.

Not missing the woods for the trees: mapping evidence gaps on land use and forestry programmes

21 March 2017
Author: Birte Snilstveit, Jennifer Stevenson

Forest protection is among the most effective approaches we have to mitigate climate change. At the same time, agricultural land and forests provide food, livelihoods and fuel for billions of people globally, particularly in low and middle-income countries (L&MICs).