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Cash or Cows?

Cash or Cows?

The importance of a multifaceted approach to development.
subjects Charity | Multilateral Aid | Poverty and Hunger | Accountability | Development

Top tips on using the media to aid development

Top tips on using the media to aid development

How can development issues best be covered in the media, and by who?
subjects Development | Civil Society

South-South Cooperation in aid, trade and FDI? A closer look at the economic engagement footprint of rising powers in Africa

What do the activities of Chinese businesses in Angola, Brazilian state agencies in Mozambique and Indian exporters in South Africa have in common? For one thing, they all might be seen to represent the trend of (re-)growing linkages between African, Asian and Latin American countries.
subjects South/Latin America | Asia & Pacific | Africa | Development | MDGs | Post 2015 Agenda

Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter

Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter

Twiplomacy is the leading global study of world leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters (77.7%) of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter: Almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts of heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs; a third of these world leaders tweet themselves, but very few on a regular basis.
subjects Open Government | Global Partnership | Global Governance | G20 | G8 | Accountability | Development | Civil Society

One Investment that Can Make Unhealthy Cities Livable and Fight Climate Change: Sustainable Transportation

The more the world urbanizes – and we’re forecast to be 70 percent urban-dwellers by 2050 – the more critical clean, efficient, safe transportation becomes. Access to better jobs, schools, and clinics gives the poor a ladder out of poverty and towards greater prosperity.
subjects Ecology & Environment | Poverty and Hunger | Environmental Sustainability | Climate Change | The World Bank

Diversity and inclusion on NGO boards: what the stats say

Figures reveal a clear disjunction between the world NGOs seek to create, and the world their governance structures reproduce
subjects Multilateral Aid | Accountability | Development | Civil Society | NGOs

Will NGOs Survive In the Future?

A significant number of non-governmental actors can justifiably be regarded as an integral part of modern diplomacy, if by diplomacy we mean the communication system available to the international community. We have reason to claim that international NGOs, as important social institutions for the establishment and development of extensive contacts within multilateral diplomacy, help fill current gaps in unduly bureaucratized international politics.
subjects Russia & Ex-USSR | Civil Society | NGOs

What Causes Hunger?

What Causes Hunger?

The world produces enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people. And yet, one person in eight on the planet goes to bed hungry each night. In some countries, one child in three is underweight. Why does hunger exist?
subjects Poverty and Hunger

Should we stop talking about middle-income countries?

Moving from low- income to middle- income status is not a panacea to end aid, argues Jonathan Glennie, and indeed the very measure of ‘middle-income’ is flawed.
subjects Multilateral Aid | Poverty and Hunger | Development | NGOs

Thoughts from the ‘father of the G20’

Thoughts from the ‘father of the G20’

Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is often referred to as 'the father of the G20’. While Canada’s finance minister, he was the driving force behind the establishment of the G20 and was selected by the G7 in 1999 to be the first G20 chairman. He had many insights on the establishment of the G20 along with guidance as to how Australia should approach its term as chair.
subjects Asia & Pacific | G20

World Bank to 'massively scale up' leverage on private sector through technology

One of the goals of the Open Government Partnership is to increase corporate accountability — but private firms need to be (more) involved.
subjects Open Government | Public–Private Partnership (PPP) | Civil Society | The World Bank

3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness

3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness

As Cyclone Phailin tore through India’s coast last week with winds of 155 mph, hundreds of thousands of lives were instantly at stake. The intensity of the coming storm was compared to that of the 1999 cyclone that struck the same region and killed 10,000 civilians. In contrast, less than 50 lives were lost in 2013.
subjects Climate Change | Emergencies, Crises, Conflicts and Disasters | Civil Society

Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC

Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC

In an increasingly integrated world, regional cooperation is key to the long-term prosperity of nations. Here are 12 things to know about regional cooperation among the countries in Central Asia and between Central Asia and its neighbors.
subjects Russia & Ex-USSR | Asia & Pacific | Global Partnership | Development | Intergovernmental Organizations

NGOs must give up power

NGOs must give up power

The international development Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) are rightly very proud of their history: they have saved lives, helped people get through the toughest moments, and shown those who feel alone that others care. But if NGOs are to help contribute to a better future, they will need to change.
subjects Development | Civil Society | NGOs

Inequality seen as bar to development

With the richest 1% of the population now owning 40% of global assets, and the bottom half sharing just 1%, inequality is fast being recognized as a stubborn underlying obstacle to development.
subjects Human Rights | Poverty and Hunger | Inequality | Intergovernmental Organizations | UN

Good Practices for Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact

Last week I was a panelist at a civil society organization seminar during the World Bank Annual Meetings on the topic of “Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact.” The task for the panel was to discuss good practices in citizen engagement to make governments and service providers (including the private sector) more accountable so that policies and project interventions have greater impact for all citizens.
subjects Development | Civil Society | The World Bank

Epicenters: Do Everything At Once

Epicenters: Do Everything At Once

How can resource-poor countries in Africa provide these services – reliably and affordably – in remote rural areas? And how can the deeply entrenched gender barriers that hold women back be transformed?
subjects Africa | Food Security | Poverty and Hunger | Development

Beyond MDGs: building the sustainable development goals brand

For all their flaws the MDGs were a success because of the singular message to end poverty. But the world has changed. Can any message unify now as it did then?
subjects Development | MDGs | Post 2015 Agenda

10 ways to make humanitarian efforts complement development

From consulting local decision makers to using early recovery strategies, experts offer their advice on how groups should co-ordinate best following a crisis
subjects Global Partnership | Multilateral Aid | Emergencies, Crises, Conflicts and Disasters | Development | Humanitarian Aid

Reinventing the Toilet in India

Reinventing the Toilet in India

Gandhi said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. To demonstrate his commitment he made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living and believed in total sanitation for all.
subjects Asia & Pacific | Health | Maternal and Child Health