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Kenya | Understanding the socio-economic consequences of impact investments

Five Questions with Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, a Young Professional wih the World Bank Group, whose main research interest is on the intersection of applied development impact evaluation in conflict and fragile settings using quantitative data. Soazic is a strong advocate of research transparency and reproducibility in social sciences.

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Côte d’Ivoire | Impacting poverty through microfinance for women

Gloria Uwingabiye is a Research Fellow at the EIB-GDN program in Applied Development Finance, where she studied the impact of microfinance.

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Senegal | Impact Assessments for Better Business

Hamidou Jawara is a lecturer at the University of The Gambia and a research associate of the Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies in The Gambia.

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Kenya | Impact Evaluation in Challenging Times

Five Questions with Laura Nelima Barasa, lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Economics and certified European Investment Bank-Global Development Network fellow in Applied Development Finance

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Indonesia | Advocating for Scientific Temper

Five questions with Inaya Rakhmani, Associate Professor, Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG), Indonesia, who has been involved with the Global Development Network’s Doing Research program.  

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El Salvador | Researchers, use your talents

Five questions with Helga Cuéllar-Marchelli, Director of the Department of Social Studies of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES). 

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ACP Countries | The Next Generation of Researchers

Q&A with Emmanuel Jimenez, Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and advisor to the European Investment Bank-Global Development Network Program in Applied Development Finance.

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Paraguay | Building 100% employability in Latin America

In 2012-2014, the Global Development Network supported Martin Burt and the Fundacion Paraguay through the Japan Social Development Fund award.

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Romania | Use Data, Base your Conclusions on Facts

Five Questions with Corina Murafa, Managing Director of Ashoka in Romania, and former GDN grantee, who has always focused, in her various professional engagements, on producing long-lasting positive change in Romania. ​

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Ethiopia | The planet is full of interactions that ultimately impact society

Five Questions with Mengistu Ketema, Associate Professor, School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management and Director, Research Extension and Publication Office at Haramaya University in Ethiopia.   

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Africa | Of Digitalization and Development : What does the future hold for African manufacturing?

Five Questions with Karishma Banga, Senior Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute. Karishma talks about how Africans are affected by digitalization.

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Myanmar | Data Sharing to Stop Human Trafficking

Five Questions with Hasina Kharbhih, Founder, Impulse NGO Network who has wored on stopping human trafficking since she was a teenager. She is a GDN grantee having won an award for the Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP). 

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Colombia | Human Displacement – Lessons from Colombia

Five Questions with Ana Maria Ibañez, Professor Universidad de los Andes, Rice Visiting Professor, MacMillan Center, Yale University.

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Madagascar | Counting the Wealth of Nature

Five Questions with Professor Solofo Rakotondraompiana, Remote Sensing and Environmental Geophysics Laboratory, Institute & Observatory of Geophysics, University of Antananarivo. 

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Peru | It's High Time for Good Governance

Five Questions with Miguel Jaramillo, Executive Director of the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE), one of the most influential think tanks in the Americas. He has also recently joined the Social Protection Committee in Peru, and is a member of GDN's Alumni.

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Sri Lanka | Boosting Farmers'​ Resilience

Five Questions with Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka, and winner of the US$30,000 First Prize of the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research, administered by the Global Development Network in 2014.

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Global Perspective | Local Research Can Improve Lives

Five Questions with Ramona Angelescu Naqvi, Director of Programs at the Global Development Network (GDN). Ramona provides strategic oversight to the organization's research capacity building programs across the globe. She has written on global governance, migration and capacity building. 

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Bhutan | Research is Key to the Development of my Country

Five Questions with Dr. Phanchung, who took over as the Director General of the Department of Research and External Relations at the Royal University of Bhutan from August 2015

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India | Climate Change : Awareness about the risks to livelihood, health and environment are most important.

Five Questions with Subir Sen from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India, who received a grant from the Global Development Network to study "Understanding farmers risk perceptions and farm-level risk management policies in India: Do policies serve their requirement?

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Global Perspective | Jyotsna Puri

Five Questions with Dr. Jyotsna (Jo) Puri, Head, Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the Green Climate Fund, a global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. 

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