Clean Cooking is Heading for Failure: Why the Sector Needs a Real Strategy – Not Just a List of Ideas
Almost 4 billion people across 71 countries are impacted by inefficient, dirty cooking fuels. Yet as Phil LaRocco at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs points out, progress toward addressing this long-standing global crisis has stalled. He argues that the "Systems Strategy" proposed by the influential NGO the Clean Cooking Alliance and the global consulting firm Dalberg is not enough to change the sector’s current trajectory. Instead, he urges clean cooking stakeholders to embrace a coherent, ecosystem-wide strategy, outlining three potential alternative approaches.
Monitoring and Evaluation in E-Learning: Five M&E Practices to Measure and Boost the Impact of Online Education Programs
Educational institutions, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations have turned to e-learning during the COVID-19 crisis, and these approaches are likely to remain prevalent in a post-pandemic world. According to Yaquta Kanchwala Fatehi of the William Davidson Institute and Salma Elbeblawi of Soliya, virtual exchange is an area of particular interest and innovation within the broader online education space. They share five key monitoring and evaluation insights that can strengthen these programs in real time – and that can be applied to a variety of e-learning programs.
Getting In the Game: How Wealthy Individuals and Families Can Bring Impact-First Investing Off the Sidelines
The vast majority of impact investments target market-rate returns, which leaves impact-focused enterprises with lower prospects for competitive returns struggling to attract capital. But as Mariah Collins of The Bridgespan Group explains, there's a group of influential and deep-pocketed investors who are ideally placed to change this dynamic: wealthy individuals and families. She shares findings from a recent report that aims to shed light on this largely untapped opportunity, and discusses why the shift to impact-first investing has never been more important — or easier — to make.
Research that Embraces the Messiness of Real Life: How an Innovative, Tech-Enabled Survey Method is Revealing the True Feelings of the Bottom Billion
Of any population in the world, the poor are the least likely to feel free to speak their minds, which makes it difficult to use surveys to understand and meet their unique needs. Daryl Collins, and Carolina de Miranda and Laura Morínigo of Fundación Capital, explore how tech-enabled research methods can provide a solution to this dilemma. They share how a unique, WhatsApp-based survey approach has helped Fundación Capital understand the nuanced meaning behind the responses of women who participated in a gender norms-focused messaging campaign in Paraguay.
Healthy Animals Make a Healthier World: How Expanding Animal Care Can Advance the SDGs and Support Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa
Smallholder farming is the main source of livelihood for many families facing extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, and livestock provides up to 45% of their income. Jeannette Ferran Astorga at the Zoetis Foundation explains why access to quality animal healthcare is critical to protecting those farmers' livelihoods. She discusses how the organization is championing healthier, more sustainable animal care practices, and how improving livestock care can make a major impact on the region's progress toward the SDGs.