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Women plough fields to plant corn, Gnoungouya Village, Guinea – Dominic Chavez for the World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Our new flagship report offers the first systematic attempt to project progress across the full SDG agenda, showing where – if current trends continue – the world will be by 2030. Whilst our projections reveal shortfalls, a closer look at recent top-performing
countries shows that if others were able to make similar rates of progress, we would get much closer to reaching the goals.

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Workers drying chillies, Gabbur, Karnataka, India - Asian Development Bank (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)

Millennium Development Goals: success stories and ‘unfinished business’

Chris Hoy
17 September 2015

Great progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire this year. However some targets are so far off track that their replacement, the Sustainable Development Goals, will expire in 2030 before the orginal targets will be achieved. Overseas Development Institute Research Officer Chris Hoy writes on some of the successes and 'unfinished business' of the MDGs.

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Extreme poverty: can we reach zero by 2030?

Poverty is falling sharply - since 1990, and with the world population growing, 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty and now earn more than $1.25 a day.

Experts predict we could eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 - but how can this be achieved?

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James Ryan Hogarth

Research Officer, Climate and Environment Programme, ODI

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Maria Vlahakis

Maria Vlahakis

Maria Vlahakis is Senior Policy Adviser on Women’s Empowerment at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). She joined VSO in November 2014 and has previously worked in policy roles in the UK Government and charity sector.

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A woman in North Darfur votes in the Sudanese National Election, Zam Zam, Sudan - UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)

Measuring change in women’s participation and leadership under the SDGs: why indicators must be ambitious

Abigail Hunt, Women Worldwide, and Maria Vlahakis, VSO
7 August 2015

The final text of the Sustainable Development Goals has been agreed by UN countries and will be adopted in September. Abigail Hunt, Womankind Worldwide, and Maria Vlahakis, VSO, write on the risk of implementation not matching up to the ambition of Target 5.5: to 'ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life'.

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Slum residents participate in a discussion, Gujurat, India (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)

Inclusive cities are safer cities – for everyone

3 August 2015

Following Development Progress research into urban poverty, Ingeborg Denissen, Policy Adviser to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, writes on the steps needed to create inclusive and safe cities. 

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Ingeborg Denissen

Ingeborg Denissen

Policy Adviser, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bogota mural – McKay Savage (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Our latest case study looks at Colombia's progress in women's empowerment, despite adversity. Since 1990, Colombia has seen significant gains in women's empowerment and political voice, despite a background of armed conflict. This report looks at what progress has been made and how it happened.

 

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