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Does Diversification enhance Resilience? Agriculture Alternatives in development Environment Sustainable Development 

Does Diversification enhance Resilience?

Diversification can increase biodiversity, mitigate risk, broaden the nutritional portfolio of what is grown, and allow farmers to engage with new market opportunities. Diversification is, therefore, one of the key strategies for building resilience for smallholder farmers. There have been some cautionary voices, however the dominant narrative is that diversification is good and should be widely promoted. For example, at the 2017...
Community Economic Development Projects: Sustainability through M&E and Communication Alternatives in development Community Development Foreign Aid General Trade 

Community Economic Development Projects: Sustainability through M&E and Communication

Introduction Though the discipline of community economic development (CED) is, undoubtedly, interdisciplinary in nature, it does encompass key characteristics. For instance, CED fundamentally refers to a community oriented process that provides enhanced local social conditions and economic opportunities. The combination of social and economic development within a community is meant to bring about a higher sense of well-being which, more...
SDGs: Leaving No One Behind? Alternatives in development General Sustainable Development Why We Dev 

SDGs: Leaving No One Behind?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set out a bold new agenda: leave no one behind. Much has been written about how donor priorities and development practice needs to significantly shift to meet the ambitious goals. In a recent article, Alec Thornton and I inquired into the extent to which development studies research, and the community of researchers contributing to...
Write Clearly. Proofreed Karefuly. Alternatives in development Blogs Book review Career Advice Community Development 

Write Clearly. Proofreed Karefuly.

(excerpted, in part, from my recently-released book, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur) Plain speaking is not a social sector rule. It’s not even a cultural norm. As change agents, we are engulfed in gobbledygook and the poison pills of jargon, acronyms and buzzwords—a fusillade of shopworn words and vocabulary traps. Never in the history of humankind have so many words created...