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How to reduce teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone
Lisa Denney and Rachel Gordon
Already high rates of teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone are said to have soared during Ebola. This paper examines current programming approaches to address teen pregnancy and identifies five conceptual gaps 16/05/2016
Livelihood recovery in post-conflict northern Uganda
Simon Levine
A number of questions and concerns are often raised by those seeking to support people's recovery reveal from a crisis: When does recovery start? How fast is it? How long does it take until it’s ‘over’? Who is being left behind? The answers to these questions matter – but so perhaps do the assumptions on which they are based 31/03/2016
Women engaging in transactional sex and working in prostitution: Practices and underlying factors of the sex trade in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of Congo
Isumbisho Mwapu, Dorothea Hilhorst, Murhega Mashanda, Muhigwa Bahananga and Ruhamya Mugenzi
Transactional sex and prostitution form a significant part of everyday urban life in South Kivu, DRC. This report examines the importance of transactional sex as an element in women’s survival strategies and seeks to understand women’s motivations and their agency in engaging in prostitution and transactional sex 08/03/2016
The many faces of transactional sex: Women’s agency, livelihoods and risk factors in humanitarian contexts: A Literature Review
Constance Formson and Dorothea Hilhorst
Transactional sex is just one of the coping mechanisms that women adopt in humanitarian crisis. This paper explores its complex relationship with livelihoods and the multiple risks and vulnerabilities that women engaging in it face 08/03/2016
Getting the balance right? Sexual violence response in the DRC: A comparison between 2011 and 2014
Nynke Douma, Dorothea Hilhorst and Jocelyne Matabaro
The Democratic Republic of Congo is known internationally for the conflict-affected sexual violence that has scarred a very large number of victims. This report compares sexual violence response programmes in 2011 and 2014 and asks if we have got the balance right 11/02/2016
Taxation, livelihoods, governance: evidence from Nepal
Richard Mallett, Gopikesh Acharya, Georgina Sturge
Tax more, but also tax better: that is the central message of this report on taxation in Nepal, where formal taxes appear to be at an all-time low. 29/01/2016
Teenage Pregnancy after Ebola in Sierra Leone: Mapping responses, gaps and ongoing challenges
Lisa Denney, Rachel Gordon and Aisha Ibrahim
As Sierra Leone’s National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy lapses at the end of 2015 and development of a new Strategy gets underway, this paper scopes the extent of the problem, outlines common intervention types and highlights some of the gaps and questions raised by current programming responses. 22/12/2015
"90% real" - The rise and fall of a rentier economy: Stories from Kandahar, Afghanistan
Giulia Minoia and Adam Pain
In the boom years, being a street vendor in Kandahar provided a significantly better living for migrants from rural districts. But now times are harder, insecurity is greater and there has been a general economic downturn, plus increased regulation further threatens economic prospects. This paper examines the rise and fall of the rentier economy, and what it takes to be a winner in the urban economy game. 12/11/2015
The first round of the SLRC Panel Survey: The Process Paper
Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Richard Mallett, Rachel Slater
A lengthy design stage preceded the first round of the SLRC panel survey. This paper shares SLRC’s experiences of survey design and survey implementation stages, and identifies three key lessons about doing surveys in conflict-affected situations. 12/11/2015
Livelihoods, conflict and aid programming: Is the evidence base good enough?
Richard Mallett and Rachel Slater
Livelihood security and inclusive growth are generally seen to be good for development and peace. By extension, so too are interventions that seek to promote livelihoods and stimulate economic activity. But how solid is the evidence for this assumption? 08/10/2015