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Topic Guides



Evidence on Demand Topic Guides are written and peer-reviewed by leading experts in relevant fields. Designed to support the professional development of Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Advisers within DFID, they are guided by the department's Technical Competency Frameworks for each advisory group. However, we anticipate that the targeted information contained within each guide will be useful to other development professionals working in the relevant areas.

Each guide contains an overview of the subject, a list of current best reads, plus pointers to where you can get further information. So whether you have prior experience in the area covered or it's something entirely new, these guides will enhance your knowledge with a view to informing decision making and practice.

As always, we greatly appreciate your feedback on the quality and usefulness of our knowledge products. Please email enquires@evidenceondemand.org to let us know whether and in what ways Evidence on Demand Topic Guides have helped build your knowledge base and competancies, or in what ways they could be improved.This kind of feedback really does help us deliver the right products and services so do get in touch.

PDF iconPDF icon3.0MB334KBTopic Resources. Infrastructure, health and environmental impacts: a nexus?Stockholm Environment Institute201686 + 11 pp.This presentation considers 4 examples of environmental risk factors to human health: air pollution; agrochemicals; waste; and human health and wellbeing in an urban context. These all create significant ‘emissions/waste’ or ‘unhealthy environments’ that produce substantial risk factors linked to negative human health outcomes.
agrochemicals, air pollution, environmental impact, health impact, infrastructure, urban environment, wastes, waste managementEnvironment, Infrastructure, Topic Guides09/11/16
PDF icon2.0MBTen frontier technologies for international developmentRamalingam, B.; Hernandez, K.; Prieto Martin, P.; Faith, B.2016120 pp.This report is based on an extensive review of the literature on ten selected frontier technologies in the five areas - Manufacturing and consumption; Connectivity; Transportation and Logistics; Fresh Water; and Clean Energy and Air - as well as consultations with expert informants. It focuses on the potential of these technologies to positively contribute to development and humanitarian efforts.air pollution, collaboration, clean energy, international development, internet, manufacturing, new technologies, literature reviews, transport, waterClimate, Environment, Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Topic Guides08/11/16
PDF icon1.0MBLearning Materials: Leaving no-one behind in the climate and environment contextMittal,N.; Perera, N.; Korkeala, O.201673 pp.In September 2015, the governments of 193 countries came together and agreed on 'Agenda 2030', a charter of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs), and made a commitment to ‘leaving no-one behind’. This commitment is to ensure that everyone is able to benefit from sustainable development processes and that no goal is deemed to be met unless met for all.These Learning Materials aim to help DFID advisers understand the concept of ‘leave no-one behind’ (LNB), and how climate and environment interventions can contribute to this objective.access to services, case studies, climate change, empowerment, environmental change, infrastructure, social inclusion, Sustainable Development Goals, vulnerable groupsClimate, Environment, Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Topic Guides08/11/16
PDF icon320KBQuick Guide: Capacity of implementing agents and partners to manage climate and environment risksAnon.20161 pp.This document provides an entry point to an interactive guide to assessing the Capacity of Implementing Agents and Partners to Manage Climate and Environment Risks.climate, environment, programmes, risks, risk managementClimate, Environment, Topic Guides20/10/16
PDF icon1.0MBTopic Guide: Irrigation infrastructure for sustainable and improved agricultural productivityMakin, I.W.201664 pp.The purpose of this Topic Guide is to provide basic information and stimulate thinking about: (i) irrigated agricultural systems and interventions to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity, and (ii) how interventions in irrigation infrastructure and services can be designed and implemented to provide foundations for sustainable agricultural productivity and poverty reduction.agricultural production, infrastructure, investment, irrigation, poverty reduction, sustainable agriculture, water resources managementSub-Saharan AfricaInfrastructure, Livelihoods, Topic Guides18/10/16
PDF icon473KBTopic Guide: Earth observation in climate and environment development programmesAnon.20162 pp.This document provides a summary of the “Topic Guide on Earth Observation in Climate and Environment Development Programmes”. In order to maximise the visual impact of EO data, as well as link out to a wide range of examples and case studies, this Topic Guide has been produced in Sway as an online, interactive report.climate, data collection, development programmes,environment, satellite imagery, satellitesClimate, Environment, Topic Guides29/09/16
PDF icon2.0MBTopic Guide: Effective post-disaster reconstruction programmesLloyd-Jones, T.; Davis, I.; Steele, A.201693 pp.This Topic Guide is a review of the state of play in post-disaster reconstruction. It builds on extensive research, literature and experience to date, most recently considering outputs from the 2015 Sendai Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It considers the status quo and puts forward alternative positions for facilitating effective reconstruction through a more seamless and re-planned approach.disaster management, infrastructure, natural disasters, reconstruction, recoveryClimate, Environment, Infrastructure, Topic Guides16/08/16
PDF icon2.0MBTopic Guide: Livelihoods and urbanisationBrown, A.; Smith, A.201683 pp.This Topic Guide explores the challenges that people and communities face in constructing livelihoods in an urbanising world. Crucially, as urban populations increase and jobs in the formal sector remain scarce, many urban residents construct precarious livelihoods in the informal economy – the main focus of this Topic Guide.cities, economic policy, employment, governance, informal economy, sustainable livelihoods, urban livelihoods, urbanisation, vulnerable groupsLivelihoods, Topic Guides04/08/16
PDF icon1.0MBDesigning for infrastructure resilienceGallego-Lopez, C.; Essex, J. (with input from DFID)201622 pp.This resource highlights the need for a resilience-led approach to designing infrastructure projects that is fundamentally different to existing standards-led design used in many initiatives.resilience, infrastructure resilience, gender, sustainability and resilience, infrastructure design, resilience programming, resilience and risk, infrastructure systems, community infrastructure, decentralised infrastructure systems, climate, disastersClimate, Environment, Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Topic Guides21/07/16
PDF icon510KBList of sources cited and acronyms used in the resilience resources on infrastructureGallego-Lopez, C.; Essex, J. (with input from DFID)201611 pp.This is a list of sources cited and acronyms used in the following Resilience Resources on infrastructure: Introducing Infrastructure Resilience; Designing for Infrastructure Resilience; and Understanding Risk and Resilient Infrastructure Investment.resilience, infrastructure resilience, sustainability and resilience, infrastructure investment, resilience programming, resilience and risk, infrastructure systemsClimate, Environment, Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Topic Guides21/07/16