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Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto, age 44, lives in Villanueva Cortes in Honduras. When she was a child she dreamed of being a doctor yet because of economic hardship and lack of access to higher education, she was unable fulfil her dream. Until recently, she never thought a woman of her age could have the opportunity to have a job, to own a business, or to be engaged in any income generation activities; she believed only her husband could generate income. Then she joined a Rural Savings and Credit Union.

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Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto standing in a field of maize Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto standing in a field of maize

Payment upon demonstrating a set of agreed results is an emerging contractual modality that many donors are choosing to pursue. DFID together with USAID are leading this discourse and applying this funding approach to an increasing number of thematic areas, especially in health and education. So what does putting evidence at the centre of payment mechanisms mean for monitoring, evaluation and learning?

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CARE staff interviewing a recipient to ensure transparency in distributing cash payments to displaced people returning to Chad CARE staff interviewing a recipient to ensure transparency in distributing cash payments to displaced people returning to Chad

At the end of 2016 the Doing Development Differently community held a workshop to take stock. What have we learned over the past two years? Is anything actually different?

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Young women in Mali: could Doing Development Differently improve food security for people in countries like Mali? Young women in Mali: could Doing Development Differently improve food security for people in countries like Mali?

CARE’s programmes on dignified work have for a number of years included training sessions for women in factories. Recent research provides further evidence, backing up our own findings, that investing in training for women workers makes good business sense for factory owners.

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Workers at a garment factory in Cambodia Workers at a garment factory in Cambodia

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is upon us. Too much to be excited about, right? Or, like me, you may still be wrapping your head around what this revolution means...

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Young women in Jordan who receive vocational and business skills training to help them set up microenterprises Young women in Jordan who receive vocational and business skills training to help them set up microenterprises

One of the trendiest buzzwords in the development and humanitarian sector at the moment is “adaptive management”, which carries heavy weight in focusing on MEAL practices while remaining neutral to political forces and the increased commercial pressures on aid spending. But what does adaptive management mean in practice and what are the key considerations to bear in mind in relation to programme design and implementation?

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An information point for recipients of cash transfers in Zimbabwe An information point for recipients of cash transfers in Zimbabwe

Cash programming has been under the cosh from certain sections of the media – so it will be interesting to see the response to the latest report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, published today (12 January 2017), which gives a strong endorsement to DFID’s cash programmes and how they deliver on poverty reduction.

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“With the cash transfer ... my family survived the drought so far," says Concilia Sande in Zimbabwe “With the cash transfer ... my family survived the drought so far," says Concilia Sande in Zimbabwe
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