Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Spring 2019 Conflict Series—What is the Role of the Private Sector in Building Resilience Against Climate-Related Disasters?
Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Spring 2019 Conflict Series—A Legal Empowerment Approach to Addressing Justice Barriers in the U.S. Immigration System
Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Spring 2019 Conflict Series—Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia
WAGTalk: Paul Smoke, "Supporting Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries"
Development assistance for strengthening government in developing countries has been criticized both as being too fragmented and too dominated by a cartel of like-minded agencies.
A New Planning Framework for Mexico City
World Resources Institute Mexico and Mejor Ciudad
Jordan Cosby, Natalia Garcia, Mariano Mórán
|WRI Mexico is a country arm of World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that works closely with leaders to sustain natural resources and human well-being. In collaboration with Mejor Ciudad, a Mexican NGO, WRI Mexico engaged a Capstone team to develop an urban planning framework for the new planning agency that will guide planning in Mexico City under the country’s new Constitution. The team devised a set of core principles for establishing norms and criteria to promote autonomous, transparent, effective, integrated, and sustainable development planning. The team substantiated and contextualized the principles with the results from interviews they conducted with civil society actors, architects, private developers, academics, and government agencies. The team prepared a final report detailing principles for the new legislature to support the creation of new planning framework, tools, and knowledge products. WRI Mexico will present the finalized principles to the new legislature and share the findings with community-based organizations to broaden awareness and promote public participation in local government decision-making processes.|
Evaluation of the World Bank Group’s Evolving Approach in Accra
World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
Thomas Kalogeropoulos, Fatima Kamran, Fatima Khan, Luiz Felipe Queiroz
|The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is an arm of the World Bank that evaluates the organization’s project portfolio. The IEG is currently evaluating the World Bank’s Urban Resilience Operations, focusing on how the World Bank is helping its clients strengthen their coping, recovering, adapting, and transforming resilience mechanisms in the face of shocks and chronic stresses. IEG enlisted a Capstone team to assist in the preparation of inputs for the larger IEG evaluation. The team conducted a review of the 2016 Greater Ghana City Strength Report and the World Bank Accra Portfolio to serve as foundation to the research case study. The team visited Accra, Ghana, where they conducted interviews with government stakeholders and World Bank staff. The team’s research culminated in a case study on the World Bank’s evolving approach in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, which will inform IEG’s official evaluation.|
The Interplay Between Low-Income Housing and Air Pollution in Urban india
Sasha Massey, Whitley Richards, Melissa Serrano, Jingyi Wu
|The World Bank, an international financial institution, aims to end extreme poverty and foster income growth by providing financial assistance and support to various countries. The World Bank’s New Delhi office engaged a Capstone team to investigate the relationship between air pollution and affordable housing construction in India. Air pollution in India’s urban areas has reached emergency levels with thick fog reducing visibility and posing adverse health effects. The team focused on analyzing the construction methodologies used for low-income housing and the correlation between the construction of affordable housing and air pollution. The team evaluated existing research to uncover relevant stakeholders, standard affordable housing approaches, best practices from other countries, and steps that can minimize future air pollution caused by construction. The team provided World Bank with a report detailing an innovative and eco-friendly brick development methodology and policy recommendations to promote affordable housing approaches that will minimize carbon dioxide emissions.|