DI signs the Global Disability Summit’s Charter for Change


As a signatory to the Charter for Change, DI commits to ten specific goals – including the collection and use of better data to characterise the challenges faced by people with disabilities, the prioritisation of the people being left furthest behind, and the elimination of stigma and discrimination against them. The UK’s Department for International […]

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 […]

Improving data use to boost budget advocacy in Uganda

Data use

There’s a vibrant budget advocacy community in Uganda made up of a wide range of actors from academics to bold and adversarial civil society groups. These include the Black Monday Movement, and others who undertake advocacy efforts centred on debt, corruption and the environment. But the quality and success of this community is often adversely […]

Public calls for better data and traceability in response to Nepal earthquake


To date, a total of US$156 million in international humanitarian funding has been allocated to the Nepal earthquake crisis according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS). See our recent humanitarian funding analysis for the Nepal earthquake crisis. Development Initiative’s partner in Nepal through the Open Nepal […]

New country profiles from GHA: the latest data


Today GHA is launching five new country profiles: Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, Finland, Kenya and Nepal.  These build on the series of profiles which provide country-by-country perspectives on humanitarian funding, helping us to understand how the humanitarian system really works and how countries are situated within it. The full group covers donors, recipients and those which […]

Funding to the Syrian Crisis


The United Nations (UN) now estimates that 2.5 million Syrians are in need of assistance and the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Existing appeals There are currently two major coordinated funding appeals underway. One of these is the UN-led Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan, which targets 2.5 million people inside of Syria with support provided […]

The public safety net response to food crisis


‘Resilience’ and ‘value for money’ have been commonly heard refrains in many humanitarian policy debates during the last 18 months, but not often in the same breath. In this article, we consider whether the scaling up of social safety nets in response to humanitarian crises could in fact contribute towards both those goals. Amidst calls […]

GHA Report 2012: reflections from Edmund Cairns


Like all landmark reports, the GHA Report’s greatest value is not really what it says about the year under review. Rather, it is what it reveals about the longer-term trends facing the humanitarian world. This is particularly true with GHA Report 2012, which would be horribly easy to misread – and hence lead us to […]

GHA Report 2012: reflections from Peter Walker


I used to look forward to the publication of the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) Report each year because it told me what was changing in the humanitarian world – who the up-and-coming donors were, which countries were recovering from crisis and which were not. But this year I found myself thinking much more about what […]