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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'.
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.
To complement a new research note released today, Elizabeth Stuart and Emma Samman outline 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.
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.
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.
'Achieving zero poverty zero emissions will only be possible if we can improve urban resilience', writes Kirsty Gray. With two thirds of the world's population predicted to live in cities by 2050, we need to put urban issues at the centre of debates on climate and poverty.
Countries are beginning to declare what action they are willing to take to reduce emissions. But for a successful climate deal in Paris this December, they need to put money on the table, writes Ilmi Granoff, Research Fellow, Climate and Environment.
Ahead of our Urban futures event this Friday, ODI's Clare Cummings blogs on 'the transformation of Lagos from urban chaos to a wealthy megacity'. What do the outcomes of the recent elections mean for the residents of the city?
African governments focus too much on generating electricity and not enough on delivering it to people in energy poverty.
Jan Hofmeyr, head of the Policy and Analysis Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, writes on the progress many African countries have made, and the challenge of ensuring that success filters down to ordinary citizens.