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11 March 2021

Blended finance and ODA: the best use of a limited resource?

ODA to blended finance is increasing, but does this use of a scarce resource deliver impact for the poorest people and places?

Written by

Amy Dodd, Hilary Jeune, Sam Ashby

4 March 2021

Localisation is here to stay: Lessons from Kenya

As part of a DI research team, Martha Getachew Bekele heard from over 30 humanitarian actors working in Kenya. Here she reveals what localisation means to them.

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Lead Analyst, East Africa

3 March 2021

Development Initiatives’ strategy 2021–2030: what’s new?

DI's Executive Director Harpinder Collacott looks at how our new strategy will unlock insight, shine a light on progress and empower others over the next decade

Written by Harpinder Collacott

Chief Executive Officer

20 November 2020

To survive and thrive: Opportunities to invest in child nutrition

On World Children's Day, Harpinder Collacott and Basanta Kumar Kar reflect on how investments in child nutrition could help young people survive and thrive.

Written by Harpinder Collacott

Chief Executive Officer

29 October 2020

Key trends in aid targeting persons with intellectual disabilities

DI’s Dean Breed outlines three key trends in how ODA is targeting persons with intellectual disabilities – considering what this means for recipients and what donors can do to improve the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Written by Dean Breed

Analyst

13 October 2020

Beyond vested interests: Reforming international cooperation post Covid-19

Guest author Imme Scholz, of the German Development Institute and German Council for Sustainable Development, argues that international cooperation should take a shared interest in the global common good as its starting point.

Guest author

Written by Imme Scholz

Deputy Director of the German Development Institute and Deputy Chair of the German Council for Sustainable Development

30 September 2020

The UN is now 75 – we need a new generation of global institutions

DI’s Harpinder Collacott takes the UN’s 75th birthday as an opportunity to reflect on how our current global institutions emerged and what the next generation will need to look like to sustain progress made in tackling global issues

Written by Harpinder Collacott

Chief Executive Officer

25 August 2020

How to track ODA to gender-based violence (GBV) responses

Amanda Thomas and Carina Chicet outline how we can use a keyword methodology to track ODA to gender-based violence (GBV) responses, and ensure more transparent reporting.

Written by Carina Chicet

Analyst

24 June 2020

Why we need Global Public Investment after Covid-19

Simon Reid-Henry argues that the Covid-19 response has highlighted the international need for an ongoing pool of public money and explains how Global Public Investment (GPI) would work.

Guest author

Written by Simon Reid-Henry

Reader in Geography and Director, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary University of London