Publications we have contributed to
LDP believes in the value of practical, accessible, jargon-free writing. On an occasional basis, we produce a range of publications, including:
Research Handbook on Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions (Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2015)
LDP director Clare Manuel recently contributed a chapter entitled Levelling the legal playing field: what the law can and can’t do to improve women’s access to secured finance to the Research Handbook on Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The chapter provides an overview of what we know about women’s access to secured finance internationally and considers how the formal law can help or hinder women’s access to secured finance. The focus is on family law, land titling law, and secured transactions law. The chapter looks at how contrasting family law regimes impact on women’s ability to access credit on the ground by way of two case studies - Morocco and the Kyrgyz Republic, countries with very different economies, cultural contexts and legal systems. The chapter also provides suggestions for policy- and law-makers aiming to improve access to secured finance for women. Recommendations include: gaining a better understanding of the deeply political nature of reforming family and land law; deepening the evidence base about impact of family and land titling law reform; becoming better informed about the supply side; and reforming moveable property secured transactions law.
Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) (DFID, 2014-2017; www.laserdev.org)
LASER aims to improve investment climates in up to eight countries, with a focus on fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS), by helping to identify and solve commercial law and justice problems, as well as documenting and sharing lessons about how to do this. Using a problem-driven, iterative, approach, LASER supports partner governments to develop initiatives that are country owned and led.
Gender dimensions of Investment Climate Reform (IFC, 2010)
Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform is a book which provides fresh solutions to common issues that women entrepreneurs face and presents actionable tools for promoting gender-sensitive reforms. It enables policy makers and development practitioners to diagnose gender issues in the business environment, design solutions and recommendations for addressing gender constraints, and monitor and evaluate the implementation of those recommendations.
Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments - Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific (IFC, 2009)
Empowering women with economic opportunity provides them with the means to take care of their families and communities, and escape the poverty cycle. The Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu address some of the barriers preventing women from realizing their economic potential by providing practical and attainable solutions to improving business women's opportunities. The reports are the result of collaboration between the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and IFC, and ask whether women face different or additional investment climate constraints in comparison to men.
How to Note on Justice Sector Reform (DANIDA, 2010)
How to Note on Justice Sector Reform provides hands-on guidance and inspiration on how put the promotion of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights into practice in Danish development cooperation. This How to Note focuses on one particular aspect of the support to the realisation of human rights - building societies based on justice and the rule of law through support to justice sector reform.