Agenda 2030

DI's response to new aid spending figures


Today, the OECD published aid spending figures from official donors in 2018, which show official development assistance has dropped, especially to countries with the highest levels of need. Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director at Development Initiatives, said “ODA is a critical resource for financing efforts to end extreme poverty and support the implementation of the Sustainable Development […]

The P20 and progress on the commitment to leave no one behind at country level


Tomorrow, as part of the High-Level Political Forum, DI will co-host a side-event on the commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’ with the governments of Switzerland and Benin. This session will be an opportunity to share initial reflections, challenges, experiences and ideas around our P20 approach. When Benin and Switzerland signed up to Agenda 2030 almost […]

Leaving no one behind: The vital role of development cooperation


Today, I’m in New York to moderate the opening session of the UN Development Cooperation Forum, which focuses on the strategic role of development cooperation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and leaving no one behind. Preparing for this session has made me focus on what success, in its simplest terms, looks like. For me, […]

Data and Development

Data use

The media has been full of concern about Facebook, and issues around privacy, personal data. How an online identity can be used, not only to sell us products we didn’t know we needed – but potentially to sway elections. The idea that if you don’t pay for a product, you are the product, casts a […]

Three ways to help strengthen domestic resource mobilisation in low-income countries


At its 2018 spring meetings, the International Monetary Fund delivered a stark assessment about the current state of domestic resource mobilisation (DRM) in low income countries: While commodity exporting low income countries have seen their revenues drop since 2014 due to lower commodity prices, low income countries generally are also in worse financial positions. This […]

ODA for domestic resource mobilisation is on track to meet commitments, but is this enough?


The Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 brought to prominence the role of domestic public resources in financing development. International support was identified as key to promote increased domestic revenue mobilisation (DRM) in efficient, effective and equitable ways. The Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) and the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) […]

Global Nutrition Report highlights need for critical change in response to malnutrition


With almost every country in the world facing a serious nutrition-related challenge, whether from undernutrition or obesity, the report authors call for a critical change in the global response to malnutrition in all its forms and action throughout the goals to tackle the many causes of malnutrition. The report finds that 88% of the 140 […]