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Through Pulte Institute (formerly "NDIGD") programs and projects, our faculty and researchers produce evidence-based, strategic publications that aim to positively influence global development policy and practice nationally or internationally through engaging key thought leaders; policymakers and government agencies; the private sector; and the academy.
This paper studies a bioeconomic model that estimates potential economic damages to southern pine forests caused by the hypothetical introduction of an unknown Asian bark or ambrosia beetle via future trade with Cuba for the study period 2018–2050.
This policy brief evaluates the violence against women and girls in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador perpetrated by gangs, narco-traffickers, human traffickers and a machismo culture fueled by corruption and impunity
This report evaluates pervasive sex and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador which is perpetrated by gangs, narco-traffickers, human traffickers and a machismo culture fueled by corruption and impunity
This policy brief provides policymakers with critical guidance and recommendations on how Tajikistan can achieve a just energy transition, including principles to consider as well as a mechanism for successful implementation.
This article explores the results of a study on the quality of bagged sachet water in rural communities in Ghana.
This policy brief is about a people-centered approach to development and human security in Afghanistan.
This article examines labor cohort differences in occupational status to evaluate whether historical timing of entry into the workforce shapes occupational achievement dynamics throughout Mexico’s industrialization.
This paper uses a spatial analytical approach in locating and explaining conflict in Nepal.
This report draws upon research and an illustrative case study from Uganda to offer a framework for effective examination-driven reform.
We propose a middle ground to mitigate private sector noncompliance and suggest a policy revisit to increase the fertilizer supply and distribution efficiency.
In this brief we consider the factors that are associated with irrigation system performance for two different types of systems: surface water irrigation schemes with many irrigators and groundwater pumping systems adopted by individual farmers.
In this paper, we review literature on the performance of different types of irrigation schemes, mainly restricting our attention to schemes found in SSA.
This paper, which won the Rural Sociological Society’s (RSS) second annual Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition in 2017, examines the impact of clean cookstoves—that replaced traditional biomass-burning cookstoves—in rural Uganda.
This report examines partnerships between an institute of higher education in Uganda and its Ministry of Education and proposes a model for effective government and civil society partnerships for state capacity building in low-income country contexts.
This publication explores entrepreneurship as an important mechanism for breaking the poverty cycle in developed economies.
This article studies the theories of entrepreneurial cognition, planned behavior, and criminal desistance to understand the role of entrepreneurship education in the behavioral and cognitive transformation of incarcerated individuals
In this case study, Oxfam staff envisioned a new approach to address the poverty wages and harsh conditions of farmworkers, one of the most mistreated workforces in the United States
This article evaluates social protective factors in violence prevention policies and programmes in Honduras.
Oxfam, the international nongovernmental organization, was rocked by press revelations in 2018 of sexual misconduct in its 2011 Haiti humanitarian operations following the devasting earthquake there.
This policy brief examines the clear correlation between U.S. support and correspondent development outcomes to institutionalize women's rights in Afghanistan
This discussion paper sheds light on how women and socially marginalized populations can benefit from ISFM, using case studies from Nepal, and suggests a gender-responsive ISFM framework for broader applicability.
Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of three ICTs—radio, voice response messages, and a smartphone app—with traditional extension training in communicating fertilizer management practices in rural Nepal.
The SHARE project, funded by USAID and led by UND’s Pulte Institute for Global Development and the Institute for Educational Initiatives, performed a program evaluation of T2E+. This brief discusses its findings.
This article details the creation of the new Violence-Involved Persons Risk Assessment (VIP-RA) tool; an aggregate of seven psychometric and social risk assessment tools previously validated in various American and European contexts.
Researchers ask three groups of older adult internally displaced persons (IDPs), originally from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, questions related to psychosocial health in an effort to identify the effects of displacement on mental health.
This paper focuses on questions development organizations should consider to determine whether a PSS would be an appropriate methodology to use for their own projects.
This paper examines the pathway between improved cookstoves and prevalence of domestic violence in Uganda.
This paper explores the results of a program where researchers used short message service (SMS) to reduce uncertainty regarding the availability of clinic services in Uganda’s rural Nnindye Parish.
We carried out a validation study of the Couple Functionality Assessment Tool (CFAT) to capture valid and reliable data on various domains of relationship quality.
This policy brief summarizes factors that perpetuate the status quo in WASH program assessment and outlines a new paradigm for designing, monitoring, and evaluating WASH interventions.
This report presents factors that perpetuate the status quo in WASH program assessment and outlines a new paradigm for designing, monitoring, and evaluating WASH interventions.
This article explores critical areas of typical ventures launched by the poor that are affected by technology.
This paper identifies questions development organizations should consider before implementing policy transfers, which are the processes by which knowledge about policies or programs in one location are used in another location.
This article explores NDIGD's efforts to convene a variety of actors to discuss shared values in public-private partnerships and examine multifaceted solutions that work for all stakeholders.
This article explores how developed economies can better realize the entrepreneurial potential of the poor by emphasizing the nexus of public policy and community action.
This policy brief analyzes the future impact of climate change in the Midwest and Great Lakes region and recommendations of action that communities can take to mitigate them.
The authors draw from their on-the-ground experiences as they discuss what "development" is, how to attain it, and what their findings mean for the funding and practice of development efforts.
Investment in scientific research in low- and middle-income countries has the potential to increase evidence generation, improve researcher capacity, and motivate policy change.
This volume argues for the need to redesign and re-plan our cities in holistic ways that reflect our new understanding and relate to their diversity and multi-dimensionality.
We conduct incentive-compatible economic experiments to measure norms regarding social appropriateness of bribes in India.
This article examines the effectiveness of Multi-Year Emergency (MYE) Activity installed in South Sudan on mitigating the impact of shocks, preventing the erosion of household assets and livelihoods, and accelerating recovery.
This report evaluates how the Midwest can shape its future by embracing this energy transition and exploiting the opportunities that clean energy presents for strengthening the region’s industrial position.
This paper examines the results of a post-project sustainability study (PSS) of a USAID-funded program in Indonesia that aimed to improve the health and nutrition status of children under the age of five, among other things.
We collect data on child labor in almost 3,000 Nepali households, and our analysis shows that estimates of child labor prevalence vary from 11.6% to 29% with the definition of child labor used.
We present an analysis to understand what would happen if the United States were to grant a pathway to legal status to an estimated 2.1 million eligible youth in our country by passing the DREAM Act.
This report examines a study that uses a participatory foresight approach, formulating potential scenario narratives of the futures of work by actively engaging the local community in South Bend
We present an inclusive approach to social entrepreneurship that provides a common platform for advancing the field while allowing for diverse streams of research.
This article explores the important implications poverty presents entrepreneurs in their ability to launch and sustain viable businesses.
Los propósitos de este artículo son visualizar el potencial efecto del cambio demográfico en la dependencia económica de mujeres y hombres ante el inminente proceso de envejecimiento demográfico.
This study investigates the factors shaping local perceptions of conservation, and its findings can enhance the effectiveness of nature tourism as a sustainable development strategy.
This study examined typologies of childhood polyvictimization and the associations of profiles with demographic characteristics at the levels of child, household, and primary caregiver.
Human trafficking in Guatemala occurs in various forms and places, many of which are hidden or hard to discern.
This book addresses the different kinds of businesses launched by entrepreneurs and explains why their differences are so critical for our understanding of entrepreneurship.
But how can smallholder coffee farmers ensure they receive a fair price for their product in an era of globalization dominated by powerful multinational corporations?
Zonas Peligrosas "examines indicators of orderliness and security in El Salvador, shows how policies and programs based on disorganization theory have been used, and why they might not make Salvadoran urban dwellers safer."