CJDS Policy Briefs

In 2019-2020, as part of CASID’s ongoing efforts to connect development researchers and policy makers, we launched the CJDS Policy Brief Series to highlight recent research published in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS).

Working in collaboration with the International Assistance Research and Knowledge Division (PVA) of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the briefs below (available in both English and French) provide a snapshot of analysis and policy recommendations derived from four recently published CJDS articles that cover a broad spectrum of development issues.

Topics include:  a critique on efficiency arguments as they relate to policies that promote gender equality (Brief #4); an analysis of economic shocks and gendered asset loss in Ecuador, Ghana and India (Brief #3); a proposal for a recalibration of current ODA systems and a new framework for partnerships between donors and middle income countries (Brief #2); and case study research in Cambodia and the Philippines outlining the potential for land-based climate change policies to exacerbate conflicts and undermine local land rights struggles (Brief #1).  

 


 

Brief #4

Beware of Efficiency Arguments in Policies for Promoting Gender Equality

Günseli Berik

 

Highlight: While pairing efficiency arguments with intrinsic or social justice justifications can be useful for promoting policy attention to gender equality it also may sideline important gender concerns and conceal the macroeconomic policies that generate obstacles to gender equality.

Citation: Berik, G. 2020. “Beware of Efficiency Arguments in Policies for Promoting Gender Equality.” CJDS Policy Brief Series. No. 4. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, Ottawa, Canada.

Link to original CJDS article: https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1377063

 

 


 

Brief #3

Who Pays the Price? Economic Shocks and Gendered Asset Loss in Ecuador, Ghana and Karnataka, India

Cheryl Doss, Abena Oduro, Carmen Diana Deere, Hema Swaminathan, William Baah-Boateng, and Suchitra J.Y.

 

Highlight: Policy responses to the direct and indirect loss of assets due to shocks must consider the role of gender, since the experience of shocks, the ownership (and loss) of assets, and coping strategies all differ for men and women.

Citation: Doss, C., Oduro, A.D., Deere, C.D., Swaminathan, H., Baah-Boateng, W., and J.Y., Suchitra. 2020. “Who Pays the Price? Economic Shocks and Gendered Asset Loss in Ecuador, Ghana and Karnataka, India." CJDS Policy Brief Series. No 3. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, Ottawa, Canada.

Link to original CJDS article: https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1316244

 


 

Brief #2

Development Partnerships with Middle-Income Countries (MICs)

Syed Sajjadur Rahman and Stephen Baranyi

 

Highlight: This brief proposes a framework for partnerships between donors and MICs that promotes country-owned, inclusive and sustainable development.

Citation: Rahman, S.S., and Baranyi, S. 2020. “Development Partnerships with Middle-Income Countries (MICs).” CJDS Policy Brief Series. No. 2. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, Ottawa, Canada.

Links to original CJDS articles:

https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1409617

https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1394275

 


 

Brief #1

Climate Change Policies, Land Control and Conflict in Southeast Asia

Carol Hunsberger, Esteve Corbera, and Chayan Vaddhanaphuti

 

Highlight: Land-based climate change policies affect ecologies and livelihoods, both locally and at the landscape scale. Case study research on forest conservation, hydroelectric dams, biofuel production, and “climate-smart” post-disaster reconstruction demonstrates how such initiatives can spark or deepen conflicts.

Citation: Hunsberger, C., Corbera, E., and Vaddhanaphuti, C. 2020. “Climate Change Policies, Land Control and Conflict in Southeast Asia.” CJDS Policy Brief Series. No. 1. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, Ottawa, Canada.

Link to original CJDS article: https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1343413

 


 

The CJDS Policy Brief Series was sponsored by the International Assistance Research and Knowledge Division (PVA) of Global Affairs Canada (GAC)