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Through the people's lens trailer

Greater progress is being made today than at any other time in history, with poverty rates plummeting and striking advances across all areas of human development. Meet those experiencing these changes first-hand.

Data can confer power. Being counted is important in its own right. Moreover, the data revolution has the potential to lead to sharper, more targeted, better-monitored policies. It could even transform power relations between citizens, governments and businesses. Used well, data can help people reach a clearer picture of their lives – and use the evidence for progress. But big gaps in our knowledge remain.

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Ghanaian farmers celebrate success - Knusu, Gates Foundation (Creative Commons license via Flickr)

Inclusive development is needed to sustain 'Africa Rising'

15 May 2015

Jan Hofmeyr, head of the Policy and Analysis Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, writes on the progress many African countries have made, and the challenge of ensuring that success filters down to ordinary citizens.

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Jan Hofmeyr

Jan Hofmeyr heads the Policy and Analysis Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town. The institute, a recipient of the 2008 UNESCO Prize for Peace Training, focuses its activities on matters of transitional justice within African societies.

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Through the people's lens documentary

Greater progress is being made today than at any other time in history, with poverty rates plummeting and striking advances across all areas of human development. Meet those experiencing these changes first-hand.

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A sneak peek 'through the people's lens'

From access to water in rural China to women's political voice in Tunisia, these short videos give a glimpse into the participatory photography project 'Through the people's lens'.

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Data gaps and development goals - counting the missing millions

Elizabeth Stuart
13 May 2015

Eldis editor Alan Stanley was at the Cartagena Data Festival and caught up with Elizabeth Stuart, author of our recent report 'The data revolution: finding the missing millions' to discuss what her research tells us about the opportunities and challenges that using data presents for development policy and practice.

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Citizens and engagement: moving beyond slogans

Alina Rocha Menocal
12 May 2015

Alina Rocha Menocal, Research Fellow, Politics and Governance, details some of the mechanisms of citizen engagement, particularly in the developing world, and explores some of the primary theoretical frameworks for analyzing citizen engagement.

This blog highlights the key points from Alina's film, which formed part of a Massive Open Online Course on citizen engagement organised by the World Bank, ODI and others.

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Citizen Engagement Theories and Mechanisms

Alina Rocha Menocal, Research Fellow, Politics and Governance, details some of the mechanisms of citizen engagement, particularly in the developing world, and explores some of the primary theoretical frameworks for analyzing citizen engagement.

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