Alex Russell

Articles by Alex Russell

A Research Collaboration in Kenya Seeks Durable Empowerment for Women

March 07, 2018

Poverty graduation programs, which transfer assets and skills, can set women on a path toward higher income and greater empowerment at home, but in the arid rural parts of northern Kenya drought can force these women to liquidate their gains so the family can survive.

Payments to Farmers Could Help to Keep Malawi’s Dams Clear

January 23, 2018

When sediment builds up in a hydropower reservoir it can damage turbines and clog spillways. It reduces how much electricity a plant can generate, and it’s expensive to dredge. In Malawi, this is especially a problem, as hydropower provides nearly all of the country’s electricity.

What Buckets of Beans Can Tell Us About Fishery Co-Management

June 27, 2017

In a game to simulate fishery co-management in Tanzania, groups of five fishers holding spoons and buckets stood around bins of beans. The buckets represented their boats, and the bins were bodies of water. The beans were fish.