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26 November 2021

Driving change in quality funding with improved transparency

Angus Urquhart and Verity Outram ask for your help to ensure the right data and systems are available to inform the technical and political changes needed to achieve a critical mass of quality humanitarian funding and monitor progress towards this goal.

Written by

Angus Urquhart, Verity Outram

18 November 2021

Improving statistical capacity and data literacy in Somalia

Guest author Sharmarke Farah, Director-General of the Somali National Bureau of Statistics, reflects on the progress his young agency has made and how a newly launched learning platform will play an important role in continuing to improve data literacy in Somalia.

Guest author

Written by Sharmarke Farah

Director General of Somalia National Bureau of Statistics

11 November 2021

Proportion of UK aid spent in developing countries set to shrink further

Proposed ODA allocations outlined by the UK government at the recent budget mean the proportion of aid going to the countries that need it most will shrink even further. DI’s Rob Tew looks at what exactly the announced changes will mean in terms of actual resources transferred.

Written by Rob Tew

Head of Technical Development

21 October 2021

The role of communities in delivering data to leave no one behind

Ensuring everyone’s voice is heard means collecting new data via new processes. We must invest in and use citizen- and community-generated data from CSOs.

Written by

Harpinder Collacott, Annie Namala, Javier Carranza Tresoldi

22 September 2021

How control of data is making international aid agencies so powerful

We look at the role data plays in the power disparity between national and international aid donors in fragile contexts such as Somalia.

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Lead Analyst, East Africa

20 September 2021

Putting data at the heart of the Leave No One Behind agenda: areas for action

Good data is vital for ending poverty. How can we maximise its benefits, while mitigating its risks and limitations, to ensure it is fit for purpose in our efforts to leave no one behind?

Written by Deborah Hardoon

Poverty & Inequality Lead

13 September 2021

The cost of leaving Afghans behind

Aid to Afghanistan is stagnating despite the desperate need for funding. Donors must come together to ensure that this does not become the new normal for such crises.

Written by Sofia Martínez Fernández

Senior Policy & Engagement Advisor

13 August 2021

The latest data on the UK FCDO’s nutrition spending is out. What does it tell us?

We take a look at what the latest data tells us about the UK FCDO’s nutrition spending, and how the UK government is performing against its Nutrition For Growth commitments.

Written by

Jordan Beecher, Anna Hope

27 July 2021

Including local and national actors in humanitarian open data

How data-driven transparency can be extended to better capture the critical work of local and national actors within the humanitarian system

Written by Verity Outram

Interim Head of Engagement & Partnerships