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The Poverty Impact of Changing the Graduation Threshold in the Generalised System of Preferences Trade Scheme

This report forms part of a wider project examining the impact of the EU’s reform of its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The first part of the study (Stevens and Kennan, 2011) examined which countries would be graduated out of the EU’s GSP due to the change in the graduation thresholds. The second part of…

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Workshop on the Impacts of Mining and other Extractive Projects on Ethnic Territories

This workshop report (available in Spanish and English) summarizes the main discussion and presentations at a workshop that brought diverse actors (ethnic communities, government, company, and non-governmental organizations and national and international experts) together to discuss the impacts of mining on ancestral territories, and tools for bringing into line practice with the international and national…

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Elections in Dangerous Places

This book is a product of NSI’s work on fragile and conflict-afflicted states and reveals how flawed elections can act as democracy in reverse and diminish political legitimacy and stable governance. Authors of the various chapters challenge the centrality and timing of elections as a key pillar of reconstruction at a war’s end. They underline the dangers…

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Food Security in Latin America: Short-term Responses to the Global Food Crisis

This brief summarizes work done by Latin American researchers from the Latin American Trade Network on food security issues in the context of the current global food crisis, making special reference to the Canadian International Development Agency’s policies in this area. Download PDF

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A New Agenda for Development Assistance? From Aid to Development Effectiveness

This policy brief analyzes various understandings of development effectiveness. It seeks to establish a more comprehensive understanding of what the term means in policy and practice. It explores the implications of a development effectiveness policy agenda for international development actors. Author: Shannon Kindornay Download PDF

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A House Undermined: Transforming Relations Between Mining Companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

This policy brief focuses on how to transform relations between mining companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas. Author: Viviane Weitzner Download PDF in Spanish

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Tipping the Power Balance: Making Free, Prior and Informed Consent Work

This document represents the final synthesis report of The North-South Institute research program: “Indigenous Perspectives on Consultation and Decision-Making about Mining and other Natural Resource Activities on or near Ancestral Lands in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, Phase II— Toward Community Strengthening, Dialogue and Policy Change. Author: Viviane Weitzner Download PDF in Spanish

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Gender Equality and Fragile States Policies and Programming: A comparative study of the OECD/DAC and six OECD donors

Updating NSI research from 2005, this paper analyses how six major donors and the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee approach the challenges of gender equality in fragile states. In terms of integrating a gender perspective into fragile states engagement policies, little progress has been made. No new fragile states policy which integrates gender has been developed…

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From Aid to Development Effectiveness

This working paper analyzes various understandings of development effectiveness. It seeks to establish a more comprehensive understanding of what the term means in policy and practice. It explores the implications of a development effectiveness policy agenda for international development actors. Author: Shannon Kindornay Download PDF

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Free, Prior and Informed Consent – A Practical Guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana

“Free, Prior and Informed Consent: A practical guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana” was first published as a working draft in 2006, as part of the joint project “Indigenous Perspectives on Consultation and Decision making about Mining and other Natural Resources.” This version updates the previous draft to reflect the current legal and policy context….

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