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Tunisian voter- Ezequiel Scagnetti (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Foreign Policy - Studies Show: People Want Democracy to Deliver the Goods

Alina Rocha Menocal, Gina Bergh and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
12 March 2014

Does the average person consider governance when they think about what would make the most difference to their wellbeing? In this blog for Foreign Policy, ODI researchers Alina Rocha Menocal, Gina Bergh and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi explore the multi-dimensional nature of governance.

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Tenderos - Daninava (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

How can business drive meaningful poverty alleviation?

Andy Wales
5 March 2014

Continuing our financing progress blog series, Andy Wales of SABMiller looks at the role business can play in achieving meaningful alleviation of poverty. He describes a programme put in place to help small business develop and how it can help the owners overcome the barriers they face in escaping poverty.

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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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