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Economics & Political Weekly Special Issue: Conflict, transition and development
GIulia Minoia, Wamiqullah Mumtaz, and Adam Pain; Dolly Kikon; Soe Nandar Linn; Chiranjibi Bhandari; Devaka Gunawardena; Harini Amarasuriya; Vijay K Nagaraj
This special collection brings together six papers from across South Asia presented at an international symposium titled Challenges of Post-War Development in Asia and Africa, along with an introduction. The Symposium was convened by the Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium from 1 to 3 September 2014 in Colombo. 02/03/2015
Perceptions of post-conflict livelihood interventions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: targeting, access and relevance
Qasim Ali Shah and Babar Shahbaz
This working paper looks at the relevance, targeting and accessibility of post-conflict and disaster livelihood interventions in Pakistan’s Swat and Lower Dir districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. 26/02/2015
Access to water and sanitation in Jaffna, Sri Lanka: perceptions of caste
Aftab Lall
Five years on from the end of the war, access to water and sanitation in conflict affected Jaffna, Sri Lanka, continues to be shaped by deeply embedded structures of marginalization, discrimination and exclusion. This working paper explores the ways in which caste is perceived amongst a low caste community in Jaffna and how caste based discrimination shapes their access to water and sanitation. 17/02/2015
The informal regulation of the onion market in Nangarhar, Afghanistan
Giulia Minoia, Wamiqullah Mumatz and Adam Pain
This briefing paper is based on a study on the onion market which investigates how one agricultural commodity market works and the ways in which social relationships govern access to the market in terms of information, credit, trading costs, returns and risks. 28/01/2015
Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: Nangarhar Province
Ashley Jackson
This briefing paper seeks to comprehend the local context and highlight the shortcomings of development and governance interventions in Afghanistan, Nangarhar. In an effort to understand the power relations at play, it explores subnational governance and access to public goods. 28/01/2015
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

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