Three new case studies look at national progress fighting urban poverty. The case studies find real progress has been made on issues including service delivery, the environment and political voice, but find that the sustainability of this progress is not guaranteed and much needs to be done to safeguard it.
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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.
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.
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.