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Assessing the Relative Importance of Causal Factors

CDI Practice Paper;21

While contribution analysis provides a basis for making causal claims and understanding how and why change occurs, it does not on its own estimate the relative importance, much less the size, of the causal factors at work. In this CDI Practice Paper written by John Mayne, we discuss ways of...

14 August 2019

Working Paper

Crises in Variegated Capitalism, Co-produced, Hydro-Social Impacts

STEPS Working Papers;108

My PhD fieldwork on Dutch aid in the Mozambican waterscape took me from one crisis-ridden research context, the Netherlands, to another, Mozambique. This working paper asks how seemingly unrelated crises in both countries have jointly reproduced politico-economic and hydro-social conditions in...

12 August 2019

Journal Article

Young People and Land in Zimbabwe: Livelihood Challenges After Land Reform

Review of African Political Economy;46

This article explores the livelihood challenges and opportunities of young people following Zimbabwe’s land reform in 2000. The article explores the life courses of a cohort of men and women, all children of land reform settlers, in two contrasting smallholder land reform sites. Major...

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Ian Scoones & 2 others

8 August 2019

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The Political Economy of Food

IDS Bulletin 50.2

Any analysis of food systems needs to include power as an aspect of political economy, in order to understand how power relations develop over time and how they affect different food system actors. This issue of the IDS Bulletin examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and...

5 August 2019

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