An Ethiopian women holds a land certificate. Photo credit: USAID

Ideas, Evidence and Intuitions: mental health, agency, and voice

This week’s IEI takes a look at the role of mental health and psychotherapy in improving both economic and overall well-being, understanding how government interventions intersect with activating agency, and amplifying unheard voices. The effects of psychotherapy-trained health workers in Pakistan. Cognitive behavioral therapy, focusing on psychological affirmation makes a difference to...

Poverty Stoplight's participatory multidimensional poverty surveys in use in the field.

Activating Agency or Nudging?

By Michael Walton Two ideas in development – activating agency of citizens and using “nudges” to change their behavior – seem diametrically opposed in spirit: activating latent agency at the ground level versus  top-down designs that exploit people’s behavioral responses. Yet both start from a psychological focus and a belief that changes...

Refugees after a water rescue

Ideas, Evidence & Intuitions: complexity, graphs, and borders

This issue of IEI reflects on a diverse array of issues including the challenges of telling complex stories, the visual representation of key data that impacts how we understand the world, and the intersection of borders, migrants, refugees and development. How to tell stories about complex issues (SSIR). “The science of storytelling—the...

IMAGO Workshop with Seva Mandir

“Can Anyone Hear Us?”

By Elena Serrano This cry for help is the name of a book that has inspired a generation of researchers and scholars who seek to understand in a profound way the core elements of poor people´s definition of poverty. The research was published by the World Bank in 2000 by a team...

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Ideas, Evidence & Intuitions: on women and stories

by Surili Sheth Women in the world 0. It was Mother’s Day yesterday, which provides us an important opportunity to think about the staggering numbers for black infant and maternal mortality rates in the United States. Not only is there structural violence, racism, and poverty – but evidence strongly suggests that “weathering” over...

SRIJAN's Buddha Fellows in the field

Being a Buddha Fellow

By Zachary Gabriel Green An ambitious and innovative initiative of Self-Reliant Initiatives Through Joint Action (SRIJAN) is the launch of the Buddha Fellowship. Graduates of the prestigious India Institute of Management (IIM) are invited to apply for a two-year program that fosters leadership and entrepreneurship to address issues in the development sector....

SEWA Bens: Stories of Personal & Economic Transformation

This personal and profound narrative about members of the Self Employed Women’s Association is a part of a new series IMAGO is launching to bring the voices of those we are ultimately seeking to support into our story telling. Created, researched and developed by IMAGO Fellow and consultant Surili Sheth, who spent...

Check out the IMAGO Newsletter!

Curious about what IMAGO has been up to lately? Check out our recently launched newsletter to find out more about what we’re up to. This is our inaugural issue, offering brief insights into IMAGO’s work, our approach to scaling up grassroots innovation, inspiring voices and stories from the people and organizations we...

Is Latin America Ready for the Technological Tsunami?

By Isabel Guerrero & Sandra Naranjo This article was originally published in Spanish in Semana Económica. View the original The pace of technological innovation is accelerating geometrically and it seems that we are rapidly reaching the world of the Jetsons. Cars that do not need drivers, robots that obey our orders and turn...