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New Topic Guide:
Voice, Empowerment & Accountability

Voice, empowerment and accountability (VEA) interventions aim to support poor and marginalised people to build the resources, assets, and capabilities they need to exercise greater choice and control over their own development, and to hold decision-makers to account. This Topic Guide provides an overview of the best available evidence on the impact of VEA interventions. It identifies what we know about the barriers to VEA in different contexts, and emerging lessons on how to address them.

Latest Document Summaries

Changing discriminatory norms affecting adolescent girls through communication activities - A review of evidence

Author: Rachel Marcus and Ella Page (2014)
Size: 218 pages (2.7 MB)

This ODI review finds strong evidence that communication programmes are an effective way to challenge gender-discriminatory attitudes and practices. No one approach is clearly more effective than others, but programmes with more than one communication component have achieved a higher proportion of positive outcomes. Programmes that include non-communication activities have also been slightly more effective. Dialogue-based approaches are often important in helping people shift both attitudes and practices.

Delivering social protection in the aftermath of a shock: lessons from Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Viet Nam

Author: Francesca Bastagli with Rebecca Holmes (2014)
Size: 45 pages (634 kB)

This ODI study examines how social protection can respond to shocks that affect entire communities or large population groups at the same time. It finds that the three main challenges to shock-responsive social protection are: lack of policy flexibility and adaptive capacity, inadequate financing for rapid scale-up, and weak preparedness. Having a system in place that can be expanded and adapted to accommodate increased need is important.