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Call of Papers on Reconciling Poverty Eradication and Protection of the Environment

FACTS Reports is a unique forum that publishes manuscripts and opinion pieces related to field-based activities in the areas of economics, health, education, agriculture, and environmental issues. The journal focuses on activities in developing countries and impoverished areas of developed countries.

FACTS Reports was founded and is supported by Philippe Kourilsky, Professor at the College de France in Paris and General Director of the Pasteur Institute from 2000 to 2005. It is also supported by a panel of distinguished personalities that includes among others, Amartya Sen, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Ellis Rubinstein, Ismail Serageldin, Mamphela Ramphele, Federico Mayor and Bernard Kouchner.

Aims and Scope

The goal of FACTS Reports is to collect and disseminate knowledge and best practices on field activities. Many field actors implement projects in developing countries to address issues related to the economy, health, agriculture, education, the environment and development in general. There are many opportunities to learn from the outcomes of these projects. Therefore, the aim of FACTS Reports is to provide a forum for communicating the results to a broad audience in order to capitalize knowledge and promote good practices.

Articles are submitted to peer review. The main criterion for publication is that the articles describe actions that are useful and can be reproduced. Editorials and opinions are also published. This process ensures critical input from world experts, allows for cooperation and competition among authors, and promotes a high level of science.


FACTS Reports promotes the capitalization of knowledge related to field actions at an international level. The journal represents the first Initiative of this type in the world. It provides key international development actors a neutral and independent platform for spreading good practices. In addition, it allows them to express freely their views and opinions, exchange experiences, and cooperate with other international development actors across the world. Additionally, the FACTS Initiative promotes activities such as international conferences, training courses, symposia, and educational awards.

Subject Coverage for Special Issue:  “Reconciling Poverty Eradication and Protection of the Environment”

FACTS Reports is accepting articles for a special issue on “Poverty Eradication and Protection of the Environment”. The issue will contain articles on field actions relating to economics, health, agriculture, education, and the environment. We especially welcome articles from participants in the meeting co-organized recently by the Veolia Environment Institute and the French Development Agency on the theme of poverty eradication and protection of the environment:

Suitable topics and examples for the special issue include, but are not limited, to themes of the meeting:

  • Poverty Eradication and Climate Change

    • Anticipating and adapting to climate change

    • Rural poverty, soil degradation and climate change

    • Poverty and clean energy

  • Poverty Eradication and Biodiversity

    • Sustainable management of natural resources and benefits for communities

    • Enhancing the value of ecosystem services

    • Preservation of ecosystems and the fight against poverty

  • Poverty Eradication and Quality of the Environment in Urban and Peri-urban Areas

    • Rehabilitaton of poor neighborhoods and the living environment

    • Town and country planning – reconciling environmental quality and the fight against poverty in peri-urban areas

    • Sanitation and other essential services – breaking the economic and technical deadlock in poor districts

  • Poverty Eradication and Quality of the Environment – Role of the Private Sector

    • Creativity and integration of the informal sector

    • Defining a role for environmental protection in improving access to basic goods and services for the poor

    • Feasibility and implementation of innovative funding

Specific Notes for Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting papers are available in the Guidelines for authors at Presubmission inquiries should be sent by e-mail to

David Ojcius (FACTS Reports) at:

Manuscripts in MS Word format should be sent by e-mail to:

Please feel free to suggest up to five potential referees. Referees should not be from the same organization or institution as the authors, nor have collaborated recently on the same project.

Papers should not exceed 5000 words and should contain appropriate references. Examples of questions that can be addressed in papers include:

  • What was the goal of the project or program?

  • How was the project implemented?

  • What were the barriers/problems?

  • How were they overcome?

  • What were the benefits/impacts of the project?

  • How could this project be improved or duplicated?

Submission Guidelines

Only original and unpublished research papers are considered, and manuscripts must be in English or French.  Abstracts for the articles will be published in English and French.

The deadline for initial manuscript submissions is 15 November 2011. Please contact David Ojcius if you would like to submit a manuscript at a later date, providing a tentative date for submission.

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