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Phone surveys in developing countries need an abundance of caution

Subha Mani and Bidisha Barooah write about the need for researchers to exercise an abundance of caution before conducting phone surveys to collect data during this global pandemic. In this blog, they discuss some of the risks that survey respondents might face and offer suggestions on how researchers could mitigate them.

How to get people to wash their hands

If you've been following international news recently, you've likely been inundated with the message: ‘Wash your hands!’ But not everyone is tuned in to public health messages, nor is such information always effectively communicated to vulnerable communities.

Access is not the same as use: tackling behavioural barriers to the use of new resources

On World Water Day, 3ie’s Charlotte Lane provides an overview of the Indian government’s ongoing efforts to provide access to clean water and adequate sanitation and makes a stroeg case for an equal effort to address the behavioral barriers to the use of these new resources.

Empowering women through National Rural Livelihoods Mission

Neelima Devi*, a 35-year-old Self Help Group (SHG) member, aspires to start an eatery with her husband in their village. She was one the many women we had met during our field visits to Jharkhand and Maharashtra in 2019.

Empowering women through Self-Help Groups: Evidence of effectiveness, questions of scale

Since the 1980s, India has invested significantly in Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and other women’s groups to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Vocational training helps women find better employment

Women face countless extra hurdles in the working world. They earn less than men, are more likely to be unemployed, are over-represented in vulnerable employment situations, and have extra challenges when starting their own businesses, according to the United Nations.

How do electricity access interventions affect social outcomes? A forthcoming systematic review.

In 2017, around 89 per cent of the global population, predominantly based in high-income countries, were fortunate enough to have access to a reliable source of electricity and were able to go about their personal and professional lives without the risk of a power cut, let alone the prospect of having no electricity access at all.

What works to get firms hiring? Support small businesses — but not the smallest ones

In the last two weeks, we've talked about how to train youth for existing jobs and how to push young people to start new businesses. But those strategies only touch parts of the world's employment problem. So what strategies create jobs by encouraging existing firms to hire more workers?

Entrepreneurship promotion gets people working in low- and middle-income countries

The challenges of youth unemployment and underemployment are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries. They're home to 87 per cent of the world's unemployed youth — 62 million young people, according to the International Labor Organization.

Landing the big one: Can we rely on the private sector to empower women and improve child nutrition?

A lot of traditional thinking in development says that the private sector can be a powerful force for tackling problems associated with poverty, but it can’t do everything. For example, private-sector actors, with their financial motivations, have incentives to work with poor farmers on value chains.


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