Impacts of payments for ecosystem services programme in Mexico

Impacts of payments for ecosystem services programme in Mexico

3ie Impact Evaluation Report 20

Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Glen Aronson, Volker Radeloff, Carlos Ramirez-Reyes, Elizabeth Shapiro, Katharine Sims and Patricia Yañez-Pagans

Policies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) have been a crucial part of international climate change negotiations. To achieve their REDD goals, many countries have national or state-level programmes that offer direct payments to landowners to avoid deforestation.

In this evaluation, Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Glen Aronson, Volker Radeloff, Carlos Ramirez-Reyes, Elizabeth Shapiro, Katharine Sims and Patricia Yañez-Pagans examine the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of Mexico’s federal payments for a hydrological services programme. As part of the programme, payments were offered to landowners to maintain forest cover under five-year contracts.

Using satellite data, a comparison of forest cover across time between beneficiaries and rejected applicants suggests that the programme reduced forest loss compared to what would have been expected in the absence of the programme. Larger impacts were seen in communally held lands, on land of lower slope and closer to cities and in less poor municipalities. The wealth increases for beneficiaries were not significantly larger than those for non-beneficiaries. 

Increasing HIV testing demand among Kenyan truck drivers and female sex workers

Increasing HIV testing demand among Kenyan truck drivers and female sex workers

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019

In this impact evaluation report, authors evaluated whether making HIV self-test kits available as a testing option at North Star Alliance roadside wellness clinics in Kenya and advertising via SMS

Impacts of community stakeholder engagement interventions in Ugandan oil extractives

Impacts of community stakeholder engagement interventions in Ugandan oil extractives

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
In this impact evaluation report, authors evaluated the effectiveness of multistakeholder forums in improving accountability to communities affected by the extractives industry in western Uganda.

The impacts of formal registration of businesses in Malawi

Impacts of formal registration of businesses in Malawi

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
Authors evaluated the impact of three interventions aimed at formalising small businesses in Malawi.

Unpacking the determinants of entrepreneurship development and economic empowerment for women in Kenya

Unpacking the determinants of entrepreneurship development and economic empowerment for women in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
Authors evaluated the impact of the International Labour Organization’s Gender and Entrepreneurship Together training programme (GET Ahead) in rural Kenya.

Impacts of key provisions in Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act

Impacts of key provisions in Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
The authors evaluated the impact of using public meetings and an ICT platform used by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee to promote transparency and accountability.