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IOB Study Newsletter : Renewable Energy: Access and Impact - A systematic literature review

Although this systematic literature review has produced a number of general findings, there is still a great deal of scope for high-quality research into the effects of renewable energy in the development context. There are hardly any impact studies on biogas or pico hydropower and very few studies that monitor the long-term effects of changes in access to energy sources.

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IOB Study: Linking Relief and Development: More than old solutions for old problems?

The need to link relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) has been discussed for decades. Yet, in practice, there is little updated analysis available on the topic and many fundamental challenges still remain today.Building mainly on existing evaluations and research, as well as on interviews with a range of experts in this field, the study discusses the different challenges to linking humanitarian aid to development.


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IOB Study: Public-Private Partnerships in developing countries. A systematic review

Public-private partnerships (PPP’s) are arelatively recent phenomenon in international development cooperation. Current policy documents frequently refer to expectations regarding their potential contributions to global development goals. The growing international attention was firmly backed by the Netherlands government.


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IOB Study: Corporate Social Responsibility: the role of public policy. A systematic review

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) focuses on creating social and environmental value in addition to economic performance: people, planet and profit (or Triple P). Public authorities are increasingly supporting companies that choose to do so. What has become of the Dutch government’s efforts to influence the way companies approach CSR in developing countries? No overarching evaluation of that policy is available.


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IOB Study : Civil society, aid, and development: a cross-country analysis

In addition to bilateral and multilateral programs, non-governmental organisations NGOs) play an important role in channeling development aid towards their Southern partners. Rigorous evaluations of programs and projects are scarce and tend to be limited to the analysis of perceived effects at local level. Far less attention is usually devoted to the aggregate effect of development aid on global civil society strength and performance.


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IOB Study: Renewable Energy: Access and Impact, A systematic literature review of the impact on livelihoods of interventions providing access to renewable energy in developing countries

About 40% of the global population relies on traditional use of biomass for cooking (i.e. the three-stone fires) and heating their houses. The objective of the systematic literature review presented in this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of evaluative literature and reports regarding the impact of (renewable)energy interventions on the livelihoods of end-users.

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Balancing ideals with practice : Policy evaluation of Dutch involvement in sexual and reproductive health and rights 2007-2012

This report presents the findings of a policy evaluation of the Dutch involvement in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights during the period 2007-2012. This policy evaluation is based on a number of sub-studies, including country impact studies in Bangladesh, Nicaragua and Mali, desk-studies of Ghana and Tanzania, and desk-studies of existing evaluations of multilateral organisations and NGOs.

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Investeren in stabiliteit Het Nederlandse fragiele statenbeleid doorgelicht. Available in Dutch only.

Nederland heeft zich ingezet voor conflictvermindering en vredesopbouw in verschillende delen van de wereld waar fragiliteit van staten en regio’s problemen oplevert voor de sociaaleconomische ontwikkeling en stabiliteit ter plekke, voor de regionale stabiliteit, en voor de internationale stabiliteit en veiligheid in ruime zin.

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Mixed results for Dutch policy in fragile states - IOB Newsletter

The Netherlands strives to reduce conflict and promote peacebuilding in fragile states (countries in a conflict or a post-conflict situation). In the period under evaluation, the Netherlands pursued an integrated approach, working with other donor countries and international organisations. The full report is available in Dutch only titled: ‘Investeren in stabiliteit: het Nederlandse fragiele statenbeleid doorgelicht’

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The Netherlands and the European Development Fund – Principles and Practices: Evaluation of Dutch involvement in EU development cooperation (1998-2012)

This evaluation presents the findings of the policy evaluation of the Dutch involvement in European Development Cooperation with a focus on the European Development Fund and the Cotonou Agreement. Some of its main conclusions show that there is a growing convergence between EU aid policies and the key principles of Dutch aid and that the Dutch view on complementarity and added value of EU aid has changed quite frequently.

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