A World Bank Policy Research working paper authored by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and collaborators was published in a special issue of the World Bank Research Digest. Dissanayake’s paper showcases World Bank research on International Development Association countries and was published to coincide with the IDA18 replenishment meetings held in Myanmar. The article, “Deforestation Prevention Programs and Community-Managed Forestry,” discusses results from a choice experiment survey conducted among 1,300 rural household in Nepal to study preferences and willingness to adopt contracts to prevent deforestation in community-managed forestry settings. The study finds that community-managed forests can be an effective part of deforestation prevention programs like the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation program. “We also find that equitable access to forest funds, preventing misuse of funds, and ensuring proper monitoring is vital for these programs to succeed,” Dissanayake added.