Melika Edquist

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IRI to develop climate adaptation tools to help farmers in South and Southeast Asia

A new two-year climate change initiative, led by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society aims to help farmers in Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Bangladesh reduce their vulnerability to climate risks.

by |March 28, 2013
The maintenance and management of local water systems is frequently the responsibility of the municipal councils and community water committees. The local municipal council report using their limited budget to support repairs and upgrades of these systems but never have sufficient funds. Photo:CIESIN

Overcoming Challenges to Local Development in Haiti

Haiti Dialogue Series: Should funds be more effectively channeled through the Haitian government, a decentralized finance program could help streamline financing and reinforce local government planning efforts. As part of the Haiti Research and Policy Program dialogue series, Tatiana Wah was joined by Leslie Pean to discuss possible approaches to achieving the call for decentralization in Haiti that has been a part of the country’s development plans for decades, with renewed efforts after the 2010 earthquake. Most current international aid and development funding circumvents the government ministries at the national level. The lack of dedicated local budgets, as well as a weak incentive structure to attract or retain skilled professionals who are capable of complex governance, is a considerable hurdle for any decentralization proposal in Haiti.

by |February 26, 2013
Visiting professor Amina Az-Zubair and her students discussed Nigeria's model of conditional grants to empower state and local governments to make progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Student research contributes to Earth Institute’s work in Haiti

On April 2, 2012, H.E. Prime Minister Garry Conille of Haiti joined students and staff of the Columbia University community at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) for a day of events around the theme of Aid Effectiveness and Coordination in Haiti. The Prime Minister’s presence on campus, four months after his first… read more

by |April 12, 2012