Resources: Reports

“One of the crucial elements of our constitutional vision is to make a decisivebreak from the unchecked abuse of State power and resources that was virtually institutionalised during the apartheid era. To achieve this goal‚ weadopted accountability‚ the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution as values of our constitutional democracy. For this reason‚ public office-bearers ignore their constitutional obligations at their peril.
UNCTAD plays a key role in ensuring that economic policies –  trade policy in particular – become instrumental in the achievement of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
Climate change increases challenges to women’s and children’s health. There is more likelihood of women and children suffering and dying from problems such as diarrhoea, undernutrition, malaria, and from the harmful effects of extreme weather events, including floods or drought. While women and children in developing countries have made comparatively small contributions to historical carbon emissions, they bear the brunt of the health effects of climate change, both now and in the future.
The use of contraception varies widely around the world, both in terms of overall use and the types of methods used. Both supply-side and demand-side constraints contribute to unmet need for family planning. This report contains findings from research in Zambia and Malawi and provides recommendations on how marketing campaigns can be improved to ensure better uptake of these two forms on contraceptives. For more information, refer to www.arsrc.org/resources/library/index.html.  
‘Brave, Creative and Resilient: The State of Young Feminist Organising’s’ main findings indicate that despite the fact that young feminist organisations are using innovative strategies to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time, with some of the most vulnerable populations, they are strikingly under-resourced and their sustainability is in jeopardy. The summary below provides a ‘snapshot’ of who young feminist organisations are, the issues and strategies they work on, and the financial and political realities that shape their work.
‘Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management’ presents a new approach to disaster risk management: ‘climate smart disaster risk management’ (CSDRM) approach. The report finds that successful application of the CSDRM approach will require systematic investment in people skills, new partnerships, technical collaboration and innovation to achieve the shift needed. A favourable environment for CSDRM will only occur when access to climate science, information and decision-making is transparent and democratic.
This annual report shows how the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), helped millions of women and girls gain the power to realise their full potential and transform their lives. For more information, refer to www.unfpa.org/publications/unfpa-annual-report-2015
Building resilience - the practice of ‘making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events (both natural and manmade) and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger from these shocks and stresses’ – increasingly features in international development discourse and practice. The topic cuts across sectors, scales and contexts, helping people prepare for, cope with and respond to a host of different shocks and stresses, from social, economic and cultural, to physical, environmental and political.
The ‘Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes: A Focus on the Gender and Empowerment Outcomes’ represents an important milestone in our understanding of new advances in the field of CSE evaluation. The report offers an extensive review and analysis of a wide range of evaluation studies of different CSE programmes at different stages of development and from different contexts across the globe.
The 2016 World Development Report shows that while the digital revolution has forged ahead, its “analog complements” - the regulations that promote entry and competition, the skills that enable workers to access and then leverage the new economy, and the institutions that are accountable to citizens - have not kept pace. And when these analog complements to digital investments are absent, the development impact can be disappointing.

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