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Research Officer, Climate and Environment Programme, ODI
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.
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'.
Policy Adviser, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Following the publication of three Development Progress case studies on urban poverty, ODI Research Fellow and co-author of two of the reports, Paula Lucci, writes on the practical insights they provide, which could help to tackle many of the serious challenges facing the world’s growing number of slum dwellers.