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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?


James Ryan Hogarth

Research Officer, Climate and Environment Programme, ODI

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. 

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.


Ferrying people across a river in Bangladesh – Scott Wallace for the World Bank

A new research note outlines the importance of using a country-lens to measure SDG progress. Different countries are at different stages of development, and unless this is taken into account in setting targets and assessing progress, we risk creating a set of perverse incentives.

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Nine month old Emabet is about to receive her measles vaccination, in Merawi, Ethiopia - Pete Lewis / DFID (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)

Why should ministers of finance of developing countries borrow for health?

Andrew Rogerson
3 July 2015

Low-middle income countries emerging from extreme poverty lose out as aid and official loans are falling faster than national tax revenues, leaving a 'missing middle' in development finance. This blog explores the basic rationale for using loans (on any terms) to fund health investments.


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