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Local Democracy in Asia: Representation in Decentralized Governance

This background paper is part of a wider UNDP regional initiative that focuses on a number of core issue related to representative systems and local elections. Most UNDP interventions have traditionally focused on direct participation in local governance, notably in the involvement of citizens andmore

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Local Governance and Climate Change: A Discussion Note

This Discussion Note tries to identigy and articulate in practical terms what has (or has not) been done by local governments in addressing climate change, and what can be done to improve outcomes from this interface. The overall conclusion is that there is little hard evidence that climate changemore

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Local Governance in Tsunami Recovery

This paper aims to provide an analysis of lessons learned and emerging principles on the functioning of local governance in disaster recovery (and briefly relief and early recovery) – drawing primarily on experiences from the five countries most seriously affected by the Tsunami: India, Indonesia,more

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Local Government and Social Protection: Making Service Delivery Available for the Most Vulnerable

This discussion paper conceptualizes social protection as part and parcel of overall public service delivery, and examines the role that local governments can play in implementing social protection related policies. It aims to shed light on two important questions that have not been systematicallymore

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Looking Beyond Income Inequality

This paper was accepted under the 'Addressing Inequalities' Global Thematic Consultation - Call for Proposals for Background Papers, Oct 2012. The way the issue of inequality is framed determines the scope of the solutions proposed. By viewing inequality through the narrow lens of income, merelymore

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Looking beyond Export Gains: Human development linkages in garment industry of Asian LDCs - Joint Policy Brief Issue 1

This joint policy brief discusses the followings topics based on a series of studies in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Nepal. ● Trade gains and losses ● Human development linkages ● Human gains in the post-ATC (WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing) ● Implication of the removal of safeguardsmore

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Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region

This review examines existing literature on transgender people’s human rights and HIV vulnerability across the Asia-Pacific region. The focus in this report is mainly (though not exclusively) on lower income and middle income countries of the region. This is not to suggest that transgender peoplemore

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MDG 1 Case Study Brief no. 1: Target Interventions against Hunger and Malnutrition

This case study brief discusses the process and results of direct nutrition investments through school feeding programmes in India, building upon the experience of the Indian state Tamil Nadu.   The brief illustrates that direct nutrition interventions, particularly through targeted feedingmore

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MDG 1 Case Study Brief no. 2: HARITA - A Rural Resilience Initiative

This case study brief is on Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA), an innovative project that offers a risk management package for farmers in Tigray, the northern most state of Ethiopia. The project broke new ground in the fields of food security, climate change resiliency andmore

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MDG 1 Case Study Brief no. 3: Institutional Coordination and Integrated Decent Work Strategies for Poverty Reduction

This case study highlights the importance of coherent poverty reduction policies that target the different dimensions of the lives of people living and/or working under impoverished conditions. In this regards, it reviews an innovative poverty reduction policies and coordinate programmemore