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Evidence Dialogue: Small nudges can help farmers adopt new technologies

These insights came from panelists on Thursday's 3ie Evidence Dialogue webinar, which brought together the lead researchers from three 3ie-supported impact evaluations on agricultural innovations.

World Toilet Day: building latrines is not always enough to get people to use them

Today, on World Toilet Day, the UN counts 4.2 billion people as being without access to safely managed sanitation. Many of them were in India until the national sanitation drive, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), made massive strides in reducing the number.

Subsidized seeds and fertilizer lead to higher agricultural yields and incomes

A majority of the world's poor live in rural areas and work in agriculture, according to the World Bank. Furthermore, hundreds of millions of people, including some of those same farmers, do not have enough nutritious food to eat.

Evidence shows modest gains in income and educational outcomes as a result of greater electricity access

The importance of electricity for poverty reduction is highlighted in the seventh Sustainable Development Goal: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Women's empowerment requires more than just economic resources

Although women's economic empowerment has received increased attention from policymakers in the last decade, progress remains frustratingly slow. Gaps in wages, education, autonomy, and social status remain.

Can aquaculture help livelihoods, nutrition, and social empowerment? Our new systematic review is investigating

In 2018, aquaculture produced nearly half of the world's fish – 82 million tonnes, valued at USD $250 billion – and increasing this production may help with sustainable development.

Mapping the evidence on the effects of rule of law interventions on justice outcomes

The systematic use of evidence can help inform decisions on what research to conduct, what interventions to implement and how to improve the effectiveness of programs.

#Evidence Dialogues: Peacebuilding programs are stronger when informed by evidence, despite the constraints of their environments

In response to new and ongoing violent conflicts, the international community increasingly reacts not just with humanitarian aid, but also with innovative transitional assistance and peacebuilding programs. In 3ie's inaugural Evidence Dialogue webinar, our panel of experts discussed some new evidence about effective peacebuilding approaches, the role of evidence in designing peacebuilding programming, and the constraints which make both implementation and evaluation difficult.

Shifting forest management to local control may reduce deforestation, without payments to anyone

The timeframes over which the studies analyzed data also varied widely. Most were evaluated a few years after implementation, while the 1931 establishment of Van Panchayats (Village Forest Councils) in India was evaluated with data from 1931 through 2001.

Paying people to protect the trees on their land may reduce deforestation

It is no surprise that trees, which breathe in carbon dioxide, are key to the fight against climate change. Keeping existing forests intact is one pillar in the ongoing efforts to slow the planet's warming. By one estimate, tropical deforestation is responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions each year than the entire European Union.


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