Disasters & Emergencies

Weather shocks across seasons and child health: Evidence from a panel study in the Kyrgyz Republic

It has been shown consistently in the literature that early life exposure to extreme weather events affects children’s nutritional status and related long-term health and well-being outcomes. The effects of weather shocks other than rainfall, as well as heterogeneous effects among population subgroups and moderators of this relationship, however, are less well understood. By combining […]

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Life with Corona Africa Webinar session 1: Economic Impacts

The Life with Corona-Africa Webinar series is a forum to share and discuss new evidence and policy guidelines on how people in Africa respond to and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the Life with Corona-Africa project will present insights that emerge from their micro-level analyses of economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

The presented findings will build on extensive phone survey data on individuals and households collected over 12 months of the project. Data collection took place in four countries: Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda. Topics will include food security, employment, income, gender, mental health, social cooperation, and social cohesion, among others.

Based on the presentation, the Webinar sessions aim to inform and facilitate discussion on 1) our conceptual understanding of how a global pandemic impacts Africa; 2) appropriate research methods to generate rigorous evidence while a pandemic unfolds; and 3) policy actions to address and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it in poor and fragile settings.

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Data Options for Assessing Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement : A Background Note

Forced displacement has profound impacts on lives and livelihoods, which creates enormous demands on government and other stakeholders seeking to support affected populations. Yet, designing and implementing policies that are effective, ethical, and equitable has been severely limited due to a lack of empirical research. Rigorous evidence on the causes, characteristics and consequences of forced […]

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Syria: Do complex agricultural interventions strengthen food security? (Evidence brief)

Agricultural interventions in crises and conflict settings have a notable and significant impact in improving the food security status of households in the short-term. However, such programmes require more precise targeting and intervention clustering if they aim to strengthen resilience. The evidence brief discusses these findings and draws recommendations based on an impact evaluation in […]

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Melodie Daccache

Melodie is a Researcher in Public Health Nutrition at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and affiliate researcher in the Welfare Research Program at the ISDC. Her research focuses on the determinants of maternal and child health, food insecurity, and nutrition in developing contexts, especially in emergency settings. She has worked as a Research Assistant […]

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Supporting Emergency Needs, Early Recovery and Longer-term Resilience in Syria’s Agriculture Sector (Endline Report 2021)

Endline Report of the Impact Assessment of the FCDO- funded FAO Programme in Syria The “Supporting emergency needs, early recovery and longer-term resilience in Syria’s agriculture sector” project is a FAO programme in Syria, funded by FCDO (previously DFID). FAO Syria implemented the programme between October 2017 and May 2021 in nine Governorates across Syria, […]

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Drivers of food choice among children and caregivers in post-earthquake Nepal

Food systems in many countries are experiencing a shift from traditional foods towards processed foods high in sugar, fat and salt, but low in dietary fiber and micronutrients. There is an urgent need to better understand drivers of changing food behavior, particularly for lower- income countries. This study analyzes drivers of food choice among children […]

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Gendered Dimensions of Forced Displacement in North-east Nigeria

The overall objective of this project is to study gendered dimensions of livelihoods in the context of forced displacement in a rural humanitarian emergency setting. Specifically, we perform four sets of empirical analyses: We provide in-depth insights into the gendered differences in livelihood outcomes among internally displaced persons (IDPs), including realized and aspired outcomes. We study the […]

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A White Paper on Identifying Priority Variables on Households, Firms and Markets for Understanding Micro-Dynamics of Food Security in Insecure Situations

The earlier famine and other forms of acute and severe food crises can be identified, the sooner programmatic responses can be designed and implemented. Often, however, these earliest stages fall into a grey area: where food insecurity is too severe to be considered a development problem but not severe enough to be considered a humanitarian […]

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Supporting Emergency Needs, Early Recovery and Longer-term Resilience in Syria’s Agriculture Sector

Funded by DFID, FAO Syria is implementing the “Supporting emergency needs, early recovery and longer-term resilience in Syria’s agriculture sector” programme, which delivers “emergency” and “recovery” support to rural households across Syria. The programme has two principal stages: a “baseline stage” taking place in 2018/2019 and a “midline and endline stage” taking place in 2019/2020. […]

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The Nexus of Food, Drought and Conflict: Evidence from a Case-Study on Somalia

This paper aims at disentangling the mutual link between conflict, drought and food security in Somalia. The analysis is conducted using various indicators for food security and on different (national and sub-national) aggregation levels. The evidence is partly based on data from a household-level survey, collected in various regions in Somalia in 2013. In addition, […]

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Life with Corona in Africa

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Life with Corona in Africa project aims to generate new evidence and policy guidelines on how African citizens respond to and cope with the profound global shock to their lives and livelihoods caused by Covid-19. The LwC-Africa project builds on the unique Life with Corona online […]

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Addressing the challenges of the forcibly displaced and their host communities in the ESCWA region

This project will address the long-term development challenges associated with the forced displacement that is a result, particularly, of the Syrian conflict, but also of other conflicts that have occurred or are on-going in the ESCWA region. In doing so, the project will support a track-II style process led by ESCWA with intellectual inputs. The […]

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Anke Hoeffler

Anke Hoeffler is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. Her research is in the areas of development and security. She is one of the most widely cited social scientists and received an Alexander von Humboldt professorship, Germany’s highest award for international research. In February 2019 she left the University of Oxford and moved to the University […]

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Rebecca Wolfe

Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. She is a lecturer at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she is an associate at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. She is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. […]

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Impact Analysis of Food Security Interventions in North-East Nigeria

This project provides new evidence and recommendations from North-east Nigeria for food security interventions in conflict-affected settings. The findings are based on a review of relevant linkages food security and conflict and an empirical impact analysis of an agricultural input intervention by FAO.

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