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Ford production during the 1950s - Ford Europe (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Thea Cassel
Wednesday 4th March, 2015

Ahead of our employment launch next week, ODI's Tom Berliner explains the recent decline in industrial employment globally and asks, 'If industrialisation won’t be the great source of quality jobs it was supposed to be, then what will be?'

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Children playing on Dili beach, Timor Leste – Asian Development Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Wednesday 25th February, 2015

Following last month's launch of our case studies on security in Timor-Leste and Liberia, Erika Kirwen takes a look at the shared lessons that emerge, building on her experience working in both countries. Underpinning a range of lessons learned is the idea that the best solutions to problems are pragmatic and locally-led – allowing actors to 'do things their own way'.

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Xanana Gusmão, who has resigned as Prime Minister of Timor-Leste -  Janina M Pawelz (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Wednesday 11th February, 2015

What does the resignation of the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, mean for the Southeast Asian nation? Sarah Dewhurst and Craig Valters, authors of a recent Development Progress case study on security the country, take a look at what's at stake.

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Sudanese participate in citizen hearings - Tim McKulka for UN Photo (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Monday 9th February, 2015

2015 is a crucial year for development finance, with the emerging Sustainable Development Goals necessitating the emergence of a new complementary development finance framework. UNDP's Gail Hurley gives her take on the negotiations so far and the need for fresh perspectives ahead of July's Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa.

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Woman and child in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia - Travis Lupic (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)`
Chris Little
Monday 26th January, 2015

Conflicts have a 'long tail' – their effects persist in myriad ways long after armed hostilities have ceased. In this blog, Kate Bird argues that the prevalence of sexual- and gender-based violence and its long-term effects in particular pose an urgent question of post-conflict development responses.

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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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