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January 20, 2017 (links edition #7)

Some new interesting insights on the delivery of social protection transfers in the US, including a mapping of the process to access benefits by beneficiaries (blog and paper) and a prototype app simulating SNAP enrollment.

Redesigning the journey to critical benefits for Americans in poverty, Jess Kahn and Mollie Ruskin, 5th January 2017,

Mapping the applicant experience of benefit enrollment, US Digital Service, January 2017

Benefits Enrollment Prototype, US Digital Service, January 2017



It was the Davos week with its global risks readings, including implications for social protection in the Global Risk Report (see section 2.3, courtesy of Michal), the flagship Inclusive Growth and Development Report, Oxfam’s inequality killer-facts, and The Economist’s special issue covering robotics, skills and insurance (courtesy of Omar).

The Global Risks Report 2017, World Economic Forum

The Economist, Print Edition, 14th January 2017

The Inclusive Growth and Development Report, January 2017, World Economic Forum Insights Report,

8 men now own the same as the poorest half of the world: the Davos killer fact just got more deadly, Duncan Green, 16th January 2017,


A couple of papers on Southern Africa, one looking at the politics of social protection in Zambia and a report on innovative disability interventions in Uganda

The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia, Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey, January 2017, ESID Working Paper No. 75

Report on the Deliberative Panel of the Market‐Based Solutions for the Extreme Poor programme, Institute of Development Studies


Two reports measuring country performance on global goals, including a Brookings paper on country poverty progress and an article examining the (significant) role of aid in Rwanda’s amazing achievement of the health MDG

Learning from Success: How Rwanda Achieved the Millennium Development Goals for Health, Pamela Abbott, Roger Sapsford and Agnes Binagwaho, Forthcoming April 2017, World Development, Volume 92, Pages 103-116

How close to zero? Assessing the world’s extreme poverty-related trajectories for 2030, John W. McArthur and Krista Rasmussen, Global Views No. 6, Brookings Institute


New humanitarian materials featuring the latest GHA report and a reflection on pursing humanitarian activities in cities

Stepping back: Understanding cities and their systems, Leah Campbell, ALNAP

Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2016, Development Initiatives


A fascinating example of applying technology to refugee issues, in this case in relation to education and community networks

Tracing pathways to higher education for refugees: the role of virtual support networks and mobile phones for women in refugee camps, Negin Dahya and Sarah Dryden-Peterson, December 2016, Comparative Education


Some new entries on impact evaluations, including a forthcoming event launched by the IDB, a technical piece on experiments design, and a BMJ article on follow-up RCTs to successful RCTs.

LACEA’s Impact Evaluation Network: Call for Paper, Oscar Mitnik, 12th January 2017,

Designing Experiments in the Presence of Interference, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab, UC San Diego

Very large treatment effects in randomised trials as an empirical marker to indicate whether subsequent trials are necessary: meta-epidemiological assessment, British Medical Journal 355 (5432), Nagendran et al.


Final mix: a more cautionary tale on Finland’s BIG’s experiment and a keynote address by Prof Slemrod on tax systems

The UBI Bait and Switch,  Matt Bruenig, Antti Jauhiainen, and Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen, January 17.

Tax Systems in Developing Countries, Joel Slemrod, 12thDecember 2016, Keynote Lecture, Zurich Center for Economic Development