Following an event at the Overseas Development Institue (ODI) to discuss how the international financial architecture can be made to work for development, ODI's Leah Worrall talked to some of the experts about what actions can help promote policy coherence in this architecture and how this can be used to improve the lives of those in the poorest and most vulnerable countries.
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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 ideal split between public and private sources of climate finance has been left deliberately ambiguous in the major meetings on the subject. In this blog, Saleemul Huq and Barry Smith argue that the promised $100bn should all come from public funds, rather than split with the private sector, and suggest how governance arrangements could be made most effective and legitimate.
How can international development finance support localised development? Taking Palestine as an example, this blog looks at the ways in which local communities can take control of their own development, including through means such as community foundations. It also looks at the obstacles to local communities empowering themselves through development.
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.