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Edited By: IDS editorial team

Online ISSN: 2040-0209

Associated Title(s): IDS Bulletin, IDS Practice Papers, IDS Research Reports

IDS Virtual Bulletins - Real Debates


We are pleased to present the following Virtual Bulletins across the archive of the Journal on the following themes:

Ending Hunger and Malnutrition - FREE ONLINE
IDS Bulletin Editorial Team
November 2012

Impact and Effectiveness: Mapping the Issues and their Consequences
IDS Bulletin Editorial Team
April 2011

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Ending Hunger and Malnutrition - FREE ONLINE
IDS Bulletin Editorial Team
November 2012

The first article in this virtual IDS Bulletin is by Michael Lipton and dates from 1982. In that year the WHO stunting rate for children of preschool age in sub-Saharan Africa was 39 per cent. In 2012 the rate is still 39 per cent. The FAO hunger numbers paint a slightly less depressing picture for that region – the percentage of the population that were hungry in 1980 was 38 per cent and 30 years later it is 27 per cent. Like the numbers, the issues in this Bulletin remain remarkably constant – investing in smallholder agriculture, linking relief and development, dealing with seasonality, turning economic growth into child growth, ensuring technology is hunger-reducing – joined by innovations such as the growing right to food movement. But there is hope. The picture has improved much more dramatically in East Asia and Latin America, driven by various combinations of income growth and strategic public spending on health, social welfare and agriculture. Looking forward there is cause for optimism. In the high burden regions, economic growth is relatively strong and the food price increases of the last fi ve years have put these issues higher on the political agenda. As Brazil, Peru, Honduras, Vietnam and Ghana show, the most precious and potent ingredient in ending hunger and malnutrition is political leadership. All of us have to push our politicians to be leaders of this cause. This virtual Bulletin is one such contribution to doing just that.

Post-harvest Technology and the Reduction of Hunger
Volume 13, Issue 3, June 1982
Michael Lipton

Household Food Strategies in Response to Seasonality and Famine
Volume 17, Issue 3, July 1986
Richard Longhurst

Cash Crops, Household Food Security and Nutrition
Volume 19, Issue 2, July 1988
Richard Longhurst

Understanding and Preventing Famine and Famine Mortality
Volume 24, Issue 4, October 1993
Jeremy Swift

Linking Relief and Development: An Introduction and Overview
Volume 25, Issue 4, October 1994
Margaret Buchanan-Smith and Simon Maxwell

Reconsidering ‘Famine’
Volume 33, Issue 4, October 2002
Paul Howe

Introduction: New Directions for African Agriculture
Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2005
Ian Scoones, Stephen Devereux and Lawrence Haddad

Lifting the Curse: Overcoming Persistent Undernutrition in India
Volume 40, Issue 4, July 2009
Lawrence Haddad

Accelerating Malnutrition Reduction in Orissa
Volume 40, Issue 4, July 2009
Mona Sharma, Biraj Laxmi Sarangi, Jyoti Kanungo, Sridhar Sahoo, Lopamudra Tripathy, Amalin Patnaik, Jyoti Tewari and Alison Dembo Rath

The Politics of Seed in Africa’s Green Revolution: Alternative Narratives and Competing Pathways
Volume 42, Issue 4, July 2011
Ian Scoones and John Thompson

Whose Power to Control? Some Refl ections on Seed Systems and Food Security in a Changing World
Volume 42, Issue 4, July 2011
Geoff Tansey

Food from the Courts: The Indian Experience
Volume 43, Issue s1, July 2012
Harsh Mander

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Impact and Effectiveness: Mapping the Issues and their Consequences

IDS Bulletin Editorial Team
April 2011

In this virtual Bulletin we bring together ten articles dating from across three decades. They all address Impact. From the outset, we note that there are a number of common threads and ideas that stretch across all the articles:

  • The implicit emphasis of all the articles on complexity
  • The breadth and depth of impact analysis, from the national level to the individual
  • The importance of knowing the audience for any evaluation or impact assessment
  • The virtuous cycle that can be created by using insights into impact to adjust interventions
  • The dependency of that virtuous cycle on participation and engagement of programme staff and clients.

What we notice, however, is how the articles framing these issues vary according to discipline and research site. We also see how some ongoing preoccupations have been shaped by their proximity to other debates or policy concerns. Our hope is that hindsight will provide some perspective for practice and policy going forward.
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A Revolution Whose Time Has Come? The Win-Win of Quantitative Participatory Approaches and Methods
IDS Bulletin Volume 41, Issue 6, November 2010
Robert Chambers

Impact of Microfinance on Rural Households in the Philippines
IDS Bulletin Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2008
Toshio Kondo, Aniceto Orbeta, Clarence Dingcong and Christine Infantado

You Can Get It If You Really Want’: Impact Evaluation Experience of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the Inter-American Development Bank
IDS Bulletin Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2008
Inder Jit Ruprah

The Role of Evaluation in Accountability in Donor-Funded Projects
IDS Bulletin Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2000
Adebiyi Edun

Micro-Credit Programme Evaluation: A Critical Review†
IDS Bulletin Volume 29, Issue 4, October 1998
Shahidur R. Khandker

Macroeconomic Evaluation of Programme Aid: A Conceptual Framework
IDS Bulletin Volume 27, Issue 4, October 1996
Howard White

Measurement of Poverty and Poverty of Measurement
IDS Bulletin Volume 25, Issue 2, April 1994
Martin Greeley

Developing Effective Study Programmes for Public Administrators
IDS Bulletin Volume 8, Issue 4, May 2009
Ron Goslin

Improving the Effectiveness of Evaluation in Rural Development Projects
IDS Bulletin Volume 8, Issue 1, July 1976
B. H. Kinsey

Managing Rural Development
IDS Bulletin, Volume 6, Issue 1, September 1974
Robert Chambers

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