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A woman queueing to vote in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Martine Perret for UN Photo (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Anonymous (not verified)
Thursday 22nd January, 2015

Suda Perera writes on the risk that 'quick fixes' to violent conflict pose to development in the long-term. Taking the example of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she outlines the pitfalls of empowering warring parties and the challenging reality that good elections do not necessarily result in good democracy.

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Valerie Amos
Saturday 27th December, 2014

Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people and destroyed the lives and livelihoods of many more, UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos blogs on key lessons from the humanitarian response and progress made in the decade since.

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Tsumani, Sri Lanka - Icelandic Church Aid (ICA) (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Thea Cassel
Friday 19th December, 2014

In the lead up to the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, John Telford notes that there has been real progress in capacity, quality and accountability since – but he also worries that we're at risk of forgetting humanitarian principles when it comes to financing.

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Delivering food aid where there are no roads - Darren Hilder, Australian Defence (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Wednesday 17th December, 2014

Continuing our series on what has changed in humanitarian responses since the 2004 tsunami, Dr Jemilah Mahmood shares her personal experience of the response to the disaster. Ahead of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, Dr Mahmood believes that we should be working towards humanitarian responses that are more inclusive and sensitive to context as well as remembering that local responses to crises are crucial.

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Woman carries bundle of hay, China - Curt Carnemark / World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Thea Cassel
Tuesday 16th December, 2014

Following the new 'Financing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: a rough roadmap', Andrew Rogerson blogs on what can realistically be achieved at the development finance conference in Addis Ababa next year.  

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Communal erection of a market following the tsunami, Aceh - Julien Harnels (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Monday 15th December, 2014

With the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami approaching, our new blog series looks at what has changed in humanitarian responses since 2004. In this first blog, Simon Levine looks at how the rise of cash programming is indicative of wider changes in response to disasters.

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Mothers waiting to vaccinate their babies, Mali - Dominic Chavez/ World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Thea Cassel
Friday 12th December, 2014

On Universal Health Coverage Day, Ana B. Amaya takes a look at efforts that have already been made to achieve Universal Health Coverage, and how the new Development Progress report released today can help advance these.

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Thea Cassel
Friday 12th December, 2014

On the first Universal Health Coverage Day, Jeffrey Lazarus celebrates the importance of the day and looks at the exploration of progress as paving the way for more ambitious thinking about the practicalities of universal health coverage.

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A family in Nigeria - Arne Hoel/ World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Thea Cassel
Thursday 11th December, 2014

This blog by the Legatum Institute's Novella Bottini and Solène Dengler looks at the key findings from their 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, assessing the reality of the 'Africa rising' narrative.

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Anonymous (not verified)
Sunday 7th December, 2014

We reflect on this year's Development & Climate Days in Lima, Peru with a run down of 10 key talking points that emerged from the discussions.

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