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It’s time to take note of the Self Help Groups’ potential

As the world is scrambling for resources to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, India is fortunate to have a motivated cadre of women assisting the fight at the community-level. Rightfully called the ‘silent soldiers’, the 690 lakh or so women members of around 63 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country formed under the Indian government’s flagship Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) have come to the forefront.

Building roads where few exist can pay big dividends by raising people's incomes

Roads are one of the most basic forms of infrastructure. More than half of all official development assistance for economic infrastructure between 2005 and 2013 – at least $60 billion worldwide – went to road projects. Is all that investment worthwhile?

Scaling up development interventions requires planning from the beginning, 3ie's expert panel says

Even if development projects are highly effective at a small scale, many are abandoned before they can have the type of large-scale impacts needed to alleviate poverty. To learn more about how projects can grow past the pilot phase, nearly 300 people joined 3ie’s expert panel on scaling up interventions, the last of its Virtual Evidence Weeks events.

Cost analyses should be required by donors and get more respect from researchers, 3ie’s expert panel says

There is plenty of interest from policymakers in having cost analyses accompany impact evaluations, as we learned in last week’s Virtual Evidence Weeks panel. Our expert panelists agreed that overcoming these barriers will require pressure from funding organizations.

Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on impact evaluation activities in East Africa

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every sphere of life across the world, including impact evaluations. To better understand these effects, we conducted a rapid informal survey of evaluation researchers in East Africa via email.

Which ways to improve maternal and newborn health are cost effective?

More than one third of countries in the world – including nearly all of Sub-Saharan Africa – will fail to meet the Sustainable Development Goals’ benchmarks for maternal and newborn health if current trends continue, according to Duke University researchers.

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