A HUB FOR IDEAS, DEBATE AND RESOURCES ON HOW THE WORLD IS DOING ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Do assertions that ‘philanthropic giving across borders’ is now a major player in development financing really stand up to scrutiny? Development Initiatives’ Sarah Hénon takes a look at the evidence in the first blog of the second set in our financing progress series.
It's easy to be aware of the global discourse on urban quality of life, but what about the views of those living in urban contexts? This contribution to our blog series on measuring urban poverty argues that it is essential to hear those views and act on them, bringing the voices of the poor into the measurement process.
What are your greatest myths of development? The Gates Foundation annual letter from Bill and Melinda offered their top three (poor countries are doomed to stay poor; aid is a big waste; saving lives leads to overpopulation). It also got us at ODI thinking - what would we add to the list? Claire Melamed's blog outlines 15 other myths ODI researchers would like to bust, permanently - including some on development and aid, emergencies, climate change, governments and agriculture.
In this first blog of our urban poverty series, we look at what data and indicators are needed to measure the urban quality of life, particularly for those living in informal settlements. The author argues that the measurement debate is some way off including what it needs to on urban issues.
When the world wakes up on 1 January 2016 it’s unlikely that many people will be worrying about the quality of data and its impact on their lives. Yet progress towards improving global development outcomes depends heavily on the availability of more, better and truly disaggregated data.