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1 July 2021

Covid-19 and targeting ODA to poverty

Can Covid-19 be a call to improve ODA targeting towards people in greatest poverty?

Written by Maria Ana Jalles d’Orey

Development Finance Lead

30 June 2021

Data, language and the power to change norms

It’s time we asked ourselves some hard questions about the power imbalance within the development sector.

Written by Claudia Wells

Director of Data Use

28 June 2021

Using near real-time data on aid flows: Lessons learnt

Bill Anderson shares lessons learnt from DI’s recent experience using near real-time data to examine donor response to the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting an urgent need for timely, disaggregated data.

Written by Bill Anderson

Data & Information Architect

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

Data Scientist

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