Evidence-based policymaking requires a collaborative relationship between the worlds of research, policy and practice. But productive three-way communication between these actors is difficult, as vague prejudices can limit each side's ability to listen and learn. As every failure to communicate is a missed opportunity, Innovations for Poverty Action explores some ways to improve learning and communication.
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In our Weekly Roundup, we suggest that despite what you might see on Facebook, finding cures in laboratories is the easy part of healing the planet; we celebrate the buzz around relationship coffee; and we give readers one more reason to distrust bankers (and we're not even talking about Wells Fargo).
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Thinking Outside the Bag: Bringing Together Private Packaging Firms, Public Procurement to Feed More Hungry People
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) conservatively estimates that 1 percent of all food aid shipped every year is lost to factors like spoilage or physical damage. That’s enough to feed about 200,000 families for a month — $15 million lost each year. This summer, USAID, USDA and American packaging companies are running an experiment with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to understand which kinds of food aid packaging may better prevent spoilage.
European Microfinance Week, November 16 - 18, will host high-level discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community working in developing countries, including consultants and support service providers, investors, multilateral and national development agencies, NGOs and researchers. One of the industry's key events, it will welcome over 400 top professionals from the microfinance and financial inclusion sectors, from several dozen countries. NextBillion will serve as a media partner for the conference.
‘Inequality Limits Growth … and You Get What You Incent’: Takeaways from Day 1 of the SEEP Network’s Annual Conference
SEEP’s 2016 conference, themed “Expanding Market Frontiers,” continues today in Washington, D.C. NextBillion editor Kyle Poplin is there, and he compiled some of the things he found most interesting during Tuesday’s sessions.