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.

Message from our executive director

3ie’s executive director Marie Gaarder takes stock of the last few months as head of 3ie. She reflects on some of the challenges, opportunities and measures that 3ie is taking to respond to the complexities facing us all today.

Text message reminders help people make healthy choices

The research on the topic has included a wide range of healthy behaviors: getting immunizations, attending medical appointments, taking medications for chronic illnesses like AIDS, quitting smoking, exercising, practicing safe sex, and drinking less alcohol.

In the right circumstances, market support interventions may yield big dividends for food security

This post looks at interventions that work differently, intervening in the market systems behind the food supply. The evidence on their effectiveness is exploratory and preliminary, which is why we are working on an evidence gap map to show what evidence exists and where more studies are needed.