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Indigenous Hmong women, Viet Nam - United Nations (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

The debate on development finance: new context, same questions?

Jonathan Glennie
21 March 2014

Rounding off the second set of our financing progress blog series, we take a look at the contributions so far and draw out some parallels with previous eras in the history of development - are the challenges being faced really as new as they seem?

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Women in Herat- World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Development’s difficult choices. Asking people makes a difference

Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
12 March 2014

Closing our valuing progress blog series, curator Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi takes a look at the data on people's development priorities with a focus on our online poll and the Human Development Index, aruging that people's priorities may not always align with those of policy-makers.

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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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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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