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Clare Cummings

Clare is a Research Officer in ODI's Politics and Governance programme, working on the social and political forces shaping public service delivery, justice and security, and democratisation.

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Financing the Future: fresh perspectives on global development

ODI and a global coalition of partners hosted ‘Financing the Future: Fresh Perspectives on Global Development’. The conference, held 17-18 March 2015 in Accra, Ghana, explored how international public finance can best contribute to accelerating progress in development from 2015 – identifying specific contributions to the Financing for Development process and influencing key decision-makers ahead of the July summit.

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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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