Our latest case study looks at Colombia's progress in women's empowerment, despite adversity. Since 1990, Colombia has seen significant gains in women's empowerment and political voice, despite a background of armed conflict. This report looks at what progress has been made and how it happened.
Bad news about development often crowds out the good. Yet despite global challenges, we live in an age when more progress has been made than at any other time in history. ODI’s Development Progress project aims to measure, understand and communicate where and how this progress has been made. The project brings together case studies, opinion and in-depth research, with a range of supporting content including infographics, animation and photography.
Under the rallying cry of ‘leave no one behind’, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have placed substantial emphasis on inequalities within countries. Relatively less has been said about inequalities between countries. In this note we focus on how to complement a group based focus with a country lens to capitalise on the potential of the SDGs to accelerate development equitably.
To complement a new research note released today, Elizabeth Stuart and Emma Samman outline the importance of using a country-lens to measure SDG progress. Different countries are at different stages of development, and unless this is taken into account in setting targets and assessing progress, we risk creating a set of perverse incentives.
Low-middle income countries emerging from extreme poverty lose out as aid and official loans are falling faster than national tax revenues, leaving a 'missing middle' in development finance. This blog explores the basic rationale for using loans (on any terms) to fund health investments.