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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

The Price of Empowerment: Experimental Evidence on Land Titling in Tanzania

Author: Daniel Ayalew Ali, Matt Collin, Klaus Deininger, Stefan Dercon, Justin Sandefur, and Andrew Zeitlin (2014)
Size: 36 pages (686 kB)

This CGD paper reports on a randomised experiment that used price incentives to address economic and gender inequality in land tenure formalisation. The study offered formal titles to residents of a low-income, unplanned settlement in Dar es Salaam at a range of subsidised prices, and additional price incentives to include women as owners or co-owners of household land. It found that pro-poor price discrimination is justified even from a budgetary perspective. And small price incentives for female co-titling achieved almost complete gender parity in land ownership, with no reduction in demand.

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.