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This is the front cover to the book 'The Aid Lab'.

The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success

From an unpromising start as 'the basket-case' to present day plaudits for its human development achievements, Bangladesh plays an ideological role in the contemporary world order, offering proof that the neo-liberal development model works under the most testing conditions. More details


Evaluation and Impact Investing: A Review of Methodologies to Assess Social Impact

IDS Evidence Report 222 (2017)

This report highlights the paradox within impact investing: the prioritisation of ‘social impact’ without prioritising ‘impact evidence’. The growth of metrics, ratings and certification-based approaches has sought to address this gap but this only goes so far, and there is a need for a more evaluative approach to assessing impact. More details


Unlocking the Potential of Non-Farm Enterprises to Reduce Rural Unemployment in Ghana

IDS Policy Briefing 137 (2017)

The non-farm enterprise sector plays an important role in the rural economy in Ghana. It constitutes about 35 per cent of rural incomes and engages around 21.2 per cent of the national labour force. In rural areas it employs about 13.8 per cent. More details


Improving Employment Opportunities for Formerly Displaced Youth in Northern Uganda

IDS Policy Briefing 140 (2017)

The national youth (persons between 18 and 30 years of age) unemployment rate in Uganda currently stands at 19.7 per cent, and a significant proportion are returned, formerly displaced youth, displaced as a result of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) civil war in the northern part of the country. More details


Addressing the Urban Youth Employment Challenge in Ethiopia

IDS Policy Briefing 138 (2017)

Urban youth employment is a fundamental challenge that will shape Ethiopia’s present and future development. In the coming two decades, the urban population is expected to triple from the current 19 per cent. More details


Towards Secure and Decent Work for Migrant Youth in Ghana

IDS Policy Briefing 132 (2017)

Poverty and poor livelihood prospects are driving tens of thousands of young people from rural northern regions to southern cities in Ghana in the hope of achieving better jobs and greater social mobility. More details


A New Framework for Diversified Work Opportunities for Kenyan Youth

IDS Policy Briefing 134 (2017)

As the number of educated unemployed youth in Kenya increases, most are responding to the unemployment challenge by diversifying their livelihood options in multiple ways that are unique to their abilities and circumstances. More details


Accelerating Progress towards Achieving Productive Youth Employment and Decent Work

IDS Policy Briefing 136 (2017)

Realising full, productive employment and decent work for all features prominently among the Sustainable Development Goals. In many developing countries, especially in Africa and South Asia, youth constitute nearly a third of the population. More details


Why Youth Aspirations and Family Circumstances Matter for Entrepreneurship Interventions

IDS Policy Briefing 131 (2017)

Over the last decade the Government of Tanzania has invested in entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and poverty. It has developed various national policies and guidelines alongside entrepreneurship programmes in partnership with development actors and financial institutions, particularly for youth from poor backgrounds. More details


Creating Nigerian Graduate Entrepreneurs through Strengthened Mentorship Programmes

IDS Policy Briefing 139 (2017)

The success of attempts to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice among new graduates in Nigeria has been limited. More details

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