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Literature monitoring - November 2018

 Aid architecture

Investments to end poverty 2018: meeting the financing challenge to leave no one behind, Development Initiatives, October 2018, 110 p.
This 2018 report examines how development funding is meeting the demands of the Sustainable Development Goals and what changes and actions are necessary to make sure these aspirations become a reality for all. The report underlines where and how these improvements can be made in terms of increasing resources and improving the impact of all funding on development.

 Crises & vulnérabilities

Preventing extremism in West and Central Africa: Lessons from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, Isel Van Zyl, Cheryl Frank, Institute for Security Studies, September 2018, 48 p.
Efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism have emerged rapidly onto the global stage and attracted substantial financial investment. This study investigated selected projects to understand their objectives, target groups, activities, theories of change, evaluation approaches, challenges, lessons learned, and funding sources. Its broad intention is to add to the growing body of information about this field, how policy is being translated into practice and to support evidence-based approaches to addressing terrorism and violent extremism.

 The Quality of Aid

Evaluation of Protection in Humanitarian Action, Ian Christoplos, Neil Dillon, with Francesca Bonino, Alnap Guide, ALNAP, ODI, October 2018, 133 p.
This guide provides evaluators in the humanitarian sector with protection-specific information. It covers the different phases of planning, management and analysis of evaluation data and addresses a series of challenges which, though not all specific to protection, are often made more difficult due to the contexts in which protection activities generally take place. Among the challenges that need to be overcome are those that stem from the multi-dimensional nature of protection activities, the difficulty of understanding the relations of cause and effect that underlie protection risks and the difficulties of access and managing highly sensitive data, which sometimes come from conflict-affected communities.