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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
How to study livelihoods: Bringing a sustainable livelihoods framework to life
Simon Levine
This paper offers a practical research guide that can help to bring existing Sustainable Livelihoods Frameworks to life. 23/09/2014
Mapping Sierra Leone’s plural health system and how people navigate it
Lisa Denney and Richard Mallett
This briefing paper maps the actors that constitute the plural health system in Sierra Leone and the relationships between them. Second, it examines the factors that influence health-seeking behaviour before setting out some recommendations on ways forward when developing appropriate interventions to address malnutrition. 19/09/2014
Sierra Leone: Getting beyond nutrition as “a women’s issue”
Richard Mallett and Lisa Denney
This briefing paper demonstrates how childcare is influenced by a range of household actors in Sierra Leone, and sets out what efforts to prevent malnutrition can do to engage with this reality. 15/09/2014

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