June 03, 2005.  


1 June 2005



Here is our selection from this week's additions to

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Alternatives to corporal punishment in Kenya


Corporal punishment is still a routine in schools, care giver institutions and in the penal system in Kenya. This report is designed to be used as a discussion tool to address the shortcomings of using physical punishment as a disciplinary method. It presents alternative discipline methods and explains how these can better influence a child's growth and development without harming them. The report is aimed at policy makers, in particular those governing learning institutions, teachers, parents and other caregivers.





An assessment of community-based health financing activities in Uganda


This paper identifies good practices and key obstacles to sustainability in terms of: governance and management, financial management and viability, risk management, marketing and membership incentives, community buy-in, and impact on quality of life of members. Findings reveal that membership of a CBHF scheme improved overall quality of life. However, community participation and management practices need to be strengthened to improve scheme sustainability





Brain Drain: harmful for developing countries?


The debate on brain drain has been opened again, this time by doctors in the UK. A recent article from the Lancet has reported that UK doctors have warned that by relying on doctors from sub-Saharn Africa, the NHS is "crippling" health systems in this region, and that financially compensating developing countries for their lost staff is not effective





Perspectives on the EPAs


Recent EU trade debates revolve around the extent to which

the EPAs will promote development in the ACP countries,

given the European Commission's view that they should be a

platform for reciprocal EU-ACP trading relations. Britain's

recent call for a more flexible, pro-poor approach to the EPAs

has met with opposition from the EC. We've selected two papers which

highlight different sides of the debate, plus commentary from the

media. A Christian Aid report focuses on the dangers of stifling

economic growth in the ACP because of EU-flooded markets.

An IDS briefing paper notes that these fears are overstated,

indicating that there is room for flexibility within the WTO rules.






Institutional challenges to monitoring poverty reduction



Booth, D.; Nsabagasani, X. / Overseas Development Institute (ODI) , 2005


This paper reflects on the design of monitoring systems within

the Poverty Reduction Strategy processes. Based on the Ugandan

experience, it highlights the conditions contributing to a favourable

policy environment and suggests that current incentive schemes

(within the context of monitoring stakeholders) would benefit from

a re-alignment of expectations.






Ecosystems and human well?being: biodiversity synthesis


Millennium Ecosystem Assessment / Millennium Ecosystem Assessment , 2005


Links between ecosystems, human well-being and ecosystem services





Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

This Source Book provides guidance to resource rich countries and extractive industries companies on the key steps and additional actions for implementing EITI. The Source Book is in two complementary parts: the first provides guidance for resource rich countries; the second for extractive industry companies





Manual on communication methods for policy researchers


A new manual from IFPRI aims to help researchers enhance their communication skills and encourages them to think about the potential audiences for and beneficiaries of their research at the inception of every project. The manual highlights principles and procedures that have proven successful in presenting research results to peers, colleagues, the media, policymakers, and interest groups. It includes guidelines for targeting and reaching selected audiences as well as exercises for applying those guidelines





The relationship between educational expenditures and outcomes


Leclercq, F. / Centre de Recherche Europeen en Economie du Developpement (DIAL), 2005


This paper reviews the empirical economic literature which examines the relationship between educational expenditures and outcomes.






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