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DRC struggles to realise mining potential
Mining has had a significant macro-economic impact on the Democratic Republic of Congo. Foreign investors have been critical to the sector’s growth, but have become substantially less willing to invest in mining in the DRC relative to other countries. Read more
Measuring humanitarian impacts
A new guide from the University of East Anglia and Oxfam explains how to evaluate the relative effectiveness of agencies’ post-conflict humanitarian interventions, as well as the contributions of local communities. Read more
Education and conflict
Norway has identified education as a priority in its humanitarian policy, allocating at least half of its aid to education in fragile situations. OPM presented its analysis of Norway’s investment, together with recommendations, at an Education and Conflict seminar in Oslo on 31 October 2013. Read more
Spreading the hunger safety net
After a successful pilot, the Kenya Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) is being scaled up with a new targeting mechanism that will enable the programme’s unconditional cash transfers to reach the most vulnerable households. Read more
Mobile nutrition monitoring
Nearly 15,000 pregnant women and mothers in Bihar, India, will soon be registered and monitored for the Bihar Child Support Programme (BCSP), a nutrition-focused conditional cash transfer using a novel mobile-phone system. Read more
Evaluating UK Frameworks for Results
Results-based approaches to international development are increasingly seen as a way of improving value for money and accountability. DFID has commissioned an independent evaluation of the UK’s Frameworks for Results for Malaria and Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health. Read more
GIS mapping of social services
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been used in Tajikistan to map the delivery of social care services as part of the country’s drive to modernise social care services for children and adults, including the elderly and people with disabilities. Read more
First Palliative Medicine handbook
Serbia has published its first Palliative Medicine handbook for undergraduates, developed by experts working on the EU-funded project ‘Development of Palliative Care Services in the Republic of Serbia’. Read more
Improving targeting of cash transfers
Kenya’s Hunger Safety Net programme could significantly improve its ability to reach the poorest households with cash transfers by combining Community-Based Targeting and Proxy Means Testing, according to an evaluation of the programme. Read more
Strengthening budget transparency
Pakistan’s budget transparency and accountability has increased significantly since 2010, according to the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) latest Open Budget Survey, the only independent, global survey of budget transparency and accountability of its kind. Read more
Local participation, local ownership
Participation of local communities in the development, implementation and even evaluation of aid interventions is increasingly recognised as an essential ingredient for fostering local ownership. A new participation framework, piloted in Malawi, points the way forward. Read more
Indonesia’s sustainable growth challenge
Indonesia has enjoyed strong economic growth over the last decade, the economy has benefited from a boom in commodity prices. A growth path not automatically sustained in the future – more jobs and better resource management is needed, according to a new study. Read more
Impacts of Brazilian mining
Large-scale mining in Brazil has had a positive impact on the socio-economic welfare of local municipalities, including boosting household income and helping to reduce illiteracy, according to a new report from International Council on Mining and Metals. Read more
Better access to water
Tanzania’s Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP) is one of the largest of its kind in Africa but it is still has to overcome a number of problems if this $1.3 billion programme is to realise its 20-year vision, according to a recent evaluation. Read more
OPM appoints Chief Economist
Mark Henstridge has joined OPM as Chief Economist. Read more
Building blocks for successful infrastructure projects in conflict-affected areas
Donor support to infrastructure in fragile and conflict-affected areas has suffered from insufficient analysis of the context and poorly articulated and uncorroborated intervention logic, according to a new DFID-funded study. More effective community engagement holds the key to success. Read more
Namibia’s path to mobile money
Namibia’s drive to increase access to financial services for the poor has accelerated with a new regulatory framework for mobile money, which OPM helped to design. In an interview with Mobile Money for the Unbanked, the Deputy Director of Payments Systems and Settlements at the Bank of Namibia discusses the importance of financial inclusion for his country and the new regulations to bring it to life. Read more
OPM wins DFID’s Health, Nutrition and Education PEAKS
An OPM-led HEART consortium has won the contract to manage DFID’s Health, Nutrition and Education PEAKS (Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services). Read more
Rural finance success factors
A strategic review of rural finance in Zambia has highlighted six key ingredients for success that can be applied to similar initiatives in other countries. Commissioned by the Government of Zambia’s Ministry of Finance, the main aim of the study was to help the Government design a national policy and strategy for rural finance that accommodated a broad range of players Read more
Pioneering palliative care
Serbia has become the first country in Europe to accredit a palliative course for social workers, developed through an EU-funded project. The course was created as part of the EU-funded Development of Palliative Care Services in the Republic of Serbia project. Read more
DFID-funded programme to help the Government of Indonesia
OPM has won a major DFID-funded programme to help the Government of Indonesia deliver its low-carbon development and ‘green economy’ objectives, together with other consortium members Read more