2.5 billion people live without decent sanitation. But this World Toilet Day, two Development Progress researchers argue that we need to look beyond the headlines and think about what it is we are actually measuring.
Global progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5 – the reduction of maternal mortality – has been disappointing. But the progress made in one district of Nepal shows what can be achieved in just a few years with a simple strategy...
In the latest blog in our education series, Annalisa Prizzon welcomes the targets on education financing in the post-2015 framework. But are the proposed targets the most appropriate? And what are we missing by focusing on financing targets?
In this blog, Susan Nicolai argues that there's an elephant in the room at the Global Partnership for Education meeting in Brussels this week: Will more money actually get 57 million children who are out of school back into the classroom? And will pledges mean a better quality education for the 250 million children who are still not learning to a minimum standard?
William Lin, Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson
5 June 2014
Bill Lin reflects on 'the wisdom of MDG 8' which, he says, means we are 'tremendously better resourced today as a global health community to imagine a world free of STH infections, where children can grow, play, learn and enrich their communities'.
'I’m highlighting all of this because I think Fatima’s life might have been saved last week if a community health worker had been within reach... Time is of the essence if more lives are to be saved.' Emanuele Capobianco, Chief of Health & Nutrition at UNICEF Mozambique, calls for the Community Health Worker programme to remain a top priority for the country.
This is the first blog in a new series focussing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals, women’s voice and agency in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Jelke Boesten outlines why we should not focus on rape in war without taking into account the fact that sexual violence permeates the everyday lives of women throughout the world.
Where is there most room for improvement in the evaluation of maternal health initiatives? Giulia Greco explains how broader measures of outcomes that are grounded in people’s values and priorities can be used to evaluate community-based programmes.
Wrapping up our blog series on measuring urban wellbeing, ODI's Paula Lucci takes a look at the contributions which have highlighted problems with the existing data and suggested ways to improve it in a post-2015 framework.
Setting out three key policy changes that an expanded post-2015 housing target should bring about, Eduardo Rojas shifts the emphasis of our urban quality of life debate from how to measure it to how to improve it.
Grounding his argument in a holistic and multidimensional conception of quality of life, Gora Mboup argues in this blog that post-2015 targets on urban areas must look to measure environment and infrastructure. He discusses the implications of this approach, especially in terms of how we should measure progress on such targets.
The World Bank's Judy Baker believes we can do better on urban poverty if we tackle several key problems and take on board four guiding principles as approach the post-2015 era: standardisation, investing in systematic data collection, ensuring open access and promoting information-based planning.