Two new publications for the new year

Topics Research and evaluation methods | Human rights and culture | Urbanisation | Case studies | Tools & Guidance

The RDI Network is pleased to launch two new publications for 2019. One is a working paper on development and urbanisation in the region, and the other is a Learning Paper by the ACFID Sexual Rights in Development Community of Practice, which was supported by the RDI Network.

Development in the Urban Era: Six strategies for better managing urbanisation in Asia and the Pacific

This new working paper by the RDI Network provides insight into the complexity of urbanisation and present key entry points for its better management. The paper argues that an integrated programming or a ‘systems’ approach to urban development assistance in Asia and the Pacific is critical to strengthening prosperity, reducing poverty, and building disaster resilience.

Each of the six strategies presented highlight practical, tangible activities that contribute to meeting the targets within Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 and other related goals from the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda.

This working paper was developed through a collaborative effort of a steering group, some amazing expert advisory members from across the sector, as well as the writers Pamela Sitko and Steve Goudswaard. You can download the paper from the Learning Hub, as the newest title in The Research in Development Series.


Faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and the ACFID Code of Conduct 

International development work takes place within communities deeply influenced by faith — so exploring the complex links between faith, sexual orientation and gender identity has been an illuminating exercise for the Sexual Rights in Development Community of Practice. They undertook an action learning project, supported by RDI Network, and looked at how these factors interplay in the current context of the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code (at Quality Principle 1) recognizes that ‘marginalization due to gender identity… and sexual orientation’ are factors that can contribute to exclusion and inequity.

The Learning Paper encapsulates key findings and is designed to support ACFID members in their understanding of the ACFID Code and how it can be applied to their work. The direct link to the paper is available here [PDF].