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Labour markets, social inequality and the tailors of Kabul
Richard Mallett and Adam Pain
How do labour markets actually work in insecure and dynamic contexts? This briefing paper looks at the experiences of young women and men working in the tailoring sector of Kabul, Afghanistan. Tailoring employs more women than any other sector in urban Afghanistan, and it is also the fourth largest employer of men living in urban areas. It therefore offers an ideal opportunity for gendered labour market analysis. 28/01/2015
Gender, youth and urban labour market participation: evidence from the catering sector in Lira, Northern Uganda
Drawing on qualitative data this study seeks to generate evidence on how urban labour markets actually work through an investigation of young people’s participation in the catering sector of Lira – a large and expanding town in post-conflict northern Uganda. 16/12/2014
State capacity and malnutrition: a critical analysis of capacity support to Sierra Leone's nutrition sector
Ian Christoplos and Adam Pain
This book chapter appears in the volume, 'New Challenges to Food Security: From Climate Change to Fragile States', edited by Ian Christoplos and Adam Pain. It offers a critical analysis of Sierra Leone's nutrition sector - and of the current system of capacity support underlying it. 28/11/2014
The social life of the onion: the informal regulation of the onion market in Nangarhar, Afghanistan
Giulia Minoia, Wamiqullah Mumatz and Adam Pain
Onion production in Afghanistan has been expanding rapidly and is seen as a potential alternative crop to opium poppy, offering comparable financial returns. This paper, based on evidence from the rural onion economy in Nangarhar, challenges the assumption that poor access to credit is holding the market back. Policy makers thinking about market expansion should pay more attention to interpersonal connections, and how they relate to technical interventions, based on traditional economic knowledge. 25/11/2014
What does Nepal’s Old Age Allowance mean for the elderly? Evidence from Rolpa
Sony KC, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar and Babken Babajanian
In Nepal, the Old Age Allowance is an essential lifeline for the elderly, but a series of constraints in its design and implementation are limiting its effectiveness in practice. This briefing paper looks at what should be done to further improve the programme. 31/10/2014
The Old Age Allowance and perceptions of the state in Rolpa District, Nepal
Sony KC, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar and Babken Babajanian
This working paper explores the Old Age Allowance programme in Nepal, focusing on how it influences people’s views of the state. The paper offers valuable insight into the beneficiaries’ experiences, concerns and priorities and looks at what can be done to improve the Old Age Allowance programme. 27/10/2014
Gambling on a better future: is international labour migration worth it?
Jessica Hagen-Zanker and Richard Mallett
Drawing on research carried out in Rolpa district in western Nepal and the districts of Swat and Lower Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in north-western Pakistan, this briefing paper asks: is international labour migration actually working for those people gambling vast amounts of money – and, in some cases, their lives – to participate in it? 01/10/2014
Migration from the margins: mobility, vulnerability and inevitability in mid-western Nepal and north-western Pakistan
Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Richard Mallett, Anita Ghimire, Qasim Ali Shah, Bishnu Upreti and Haider Abbas
This report sets out to describe and explain the multidimensional process of international labour migration from two post-conflict contexts – Rolpa, Nepal and Swat and Lower Dir district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan. 01/10/2014
Looking back to look ahead? Reviewing key lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan and past humanitarian operations in South Sudan
Daniel Maxwell, Martina Santschi and Rachel Gordon
This paper reviews large-scale humanitarian operations in South Sudan, focusing on what lessons can be learnt from Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) 01/10/2014
Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Pibor county, South Sudan from the perspective of displaced people
Martina Santschi, Leben Moro, Philip Dau, Rachel Gordon and Daniel Maxwell
This paper analyses people's perceptions of their former livelihoods, access to basic services and governance in Pibor County prior to the escalation of violence across South Sudan. 23/09/2014