2020 Hindsight: A year of what the evidence has taught us

A little less than a year ago, at the start of what has become an infamous year, we launched a yearlong social media campaign called ‘2020 Hindsight: What Works in Development.’

Farmer Field Schools can improve yields, raise incomes, and reduce pesticide use

Interventions that raise agricultural productivity in poor regions have the potential to offer two benefits at once: increasing the food supply and providing income for farmers, who make up a majority of the world's poor.

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.