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Time for a new partnership between policy makers and marginalised groups

Thea Shahrokh
3 March 2014

How can truly inclusive participation challenge the power imbalances that limit the accountability of duty bearers? Thea Shahrokh, a research officer at the Institute of Development Studies shares findings from participatory research studies conducted across 29 countries.

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Local self government in Turkmenistan- UNDP Europe and CIS (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Getting smart with aid

Jon Lomøy
27 February 2014

Continuing our financing progress series, the OECD's Jon Lomøy looks at the characteristics of contemporary aid and suggests ways in which aid can best respond to the ever-changing landscape and best meet the needs of developing countries.

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Balochistan, Pakistan - UN (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

What do countries want from aid? Some reflections from the field

Annalisa Prizzon
26 February 2014

What are the characteristics of aid that recipients value most? Where do they want the money to go? What are citizen preferences on aid delivery? ODI's Annalisa Prizzon shares some thoughts built around her experiences in recipient countries.

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Women in agriculture, Africa - Africa Renewal (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Looking beyond maternal health: quality of life for women in Malawi

Giulia Greco
20 February 2014

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. 

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Family with new born - Gates Foundation (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Policy and the people’s voice

Sarah White
17 February 2014

Taking into account people's voices has rightfully become a cornerstone of international development over recent decades - but what forms does this take in practice? Sarah White tells us about a project designed to do just this, and the lessons learnt from its application in Zambia. 

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Nigerian woman and child - DFID (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Development’s difficult choices. What would you choose?

Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
13 February 2014

What would you choose if you were asked about what is important in making your life better? We're launching our new blog series on valuing progress with a poll which aims to see what really matters in human development for our readers. Read the introductory blog post, think carefully and then cast your vote!

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Water rollers, Abu Shoukd IDP camp - Gonzalez Farran (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Water, sugar and oil: how to mix development finance flows to best effect?

Andrew Rogerson
12 February 2014

In this blog for our financing progress series, Andrew Rogerson uses the analogy of a bucket of water, sugar and oil to discuss global development finance in a post-2015 world, outlining the current arguments regarding how public and private flows should complement each other.


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