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7 February 2023

The DAC debates: why aid measurement matters for development

The way we measure aid affects the type and quantity provided as well as our perceptions of it. Here's why the DAC's rules are controversial.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

11 January 2023

Martin Ravallion's contribution to poverty reduction: a tribute

Martin Ravallion, the architect of the extreme poverty line, passed away on 24 December 2022. Deborah Hardoon looks at his impact on DI’s work, and pays tribute to him

Written by Deborah Hardoon

Poverty & Inequality Lead

15 December 2022

Tracking humanitarian funding to local actors: what we’ve learnt

In this blog, we explore the latest data and practices on tracking humanitarian funding to local actors, including the challenges around understanding whether 'localisation' of funding is happening and how to overcome them.

Written by

Fran Girling-Morris, Suzanna Nelson-Pollard, Carina Chicet

13 December 2022

Should lending special drawing rights (SDRs) count as aid?

Rechanneling special drawing rights to low- and middle-income countries is an elegant solution to address global problems. Using them as an excuse to cut aid elsewhere is self-defeating.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

7 December 2022

Indirect cost recovery for 'local' NGOs: an urgent issue for humanitarian reform

In this blog, DI, Oxfam and UNICEF outline the context for new guidance on the provision of overheads to local and national humanitarian actors, and explain why the changing industry standard is so important.

Written by

Fran Girling-Morris (DI), Amy Croome (Oxfam), Luc Chauvin (UNICEF)

25 November 2022

Funding to address gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies must go further

In this blog, DI’s Carina Chicet highlights key areas for improvement in the prevention, mitigation and response to gender-based violence in crisis settings.

Written by Carina Chicet

Analyst

25 November 2022

The data behind the debate over Uganda’s income status

DI's Zach Christensen and Dean Breed look into the contested statistics behind the dispute between UBOS and the World Bank about Uganda's income status.

Written by

Zach Christensen, Dean Breed

2 November 2022

Action on poverty and inequality needs locally owned data

Reflecting on the recent OECD-DAC Community of Practice on Poverty and Inequalities meeting, Deborah Hardoon explains why locally owned data on people, finance and risk is essential to taking action on rising poverty and inequality.

Written by Deborah Hardoon

Poverty & Inequality Lead

10 October 2022

Why we need a multidimensional approach to measuring poverty that leaves no one behind

DI's Deborah Hardoon explains how multidimensional approaches to poverty measurement can help to promote inclusion and identify inequality

Written by Deborah Hardoon

Poverty & Inequality Lead