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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)
b.tritton
Friday 7th 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)
b.tritton
Monday 3rd 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. 

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Myanmar children return from school – Kibae Park for UN Photo (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Wednesday 8th July, 2015

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.

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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)
b.tritton
Friday 3rd 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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The Bangbua canal community, Bangkok, Thailand - Cak-Cak (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)
b.tritton
Wednesday 24th June, 2015

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.

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Scenes from the Kibera Slum in Nairobi – Khym54 (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Tuesday 23rd June, 2015

'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.

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Panelists on the first day of the Bonn Climate Change Conference - Sébastien Duyck (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)
b.tritton
Friday 12th June, 2015

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.

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A market in Lagos – Guety (Creative Commons licensed via Wikipedia)
Chris Little
Wednesday 10th June, 2015

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?

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Solar panels in Rwanda - Azuri Technologies/USAID (Creative Commons Licenced via Flickr)
b.tritton
Tuesday 26th May, 2015

African governments focus too much on generating electricity and not enough on delivering it to people in energy poverty.

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Ghanaian farmers celebrate success - Knusu, Gates Foundation (Creative Commons license via Flickr)
b.tritton
Friday 15th May, 2015

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.

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