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14 September 2023

How much has the UK spent towards its £11.6 billion climate finance commitment?

This blog explores data on the UK's climate finance spending and finds the government is likely to fall short of its 2026 commitment.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

4 September 2023

Africa can contribute, Africa must benefit and Africans must decide on financing to tackle the climate crisis

As Africa Climate week kicks off, can the emerging idea of Global Public Investment bring about the truly global and collective approach to financing we need to tackle the biggest threat facing our world?

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

1 September 2023

Data transparency is key to unlocking a successful Grand Bargain 3.0

As the Grand Bargain 3.0 launches, better data transparency is key to its success, achieving greater accountability and ensuring that progress is made on the original commitments and new initiatives

Written by Fran Girling-Morris

Senior Policy & Engagement Advisor/Crisis & Humanitarian Co-Lead (Maternity leave)

11 July 2023

Mind the gaps between gender equality and environmental sustainability

DI’s Hayley Lelourec highlights where action is needed: gender mainstreaming in environmental policy, addressing knowledge gaps and funding to local, women-led organisations.

Written by Hayley Lelourec

Policy & Engagement Advisor

29 June 2023

What’s changing about the UK’s efforts on global nutrition?

New analysis lays bare the dramatic scaling back of the UK’s efforts on global nutrition. What does this mean for the UK’s engagement on this agenda moving forwards?

Written by Anna Hope

External Relations & Marketing Lead

27 June 2023

Artificial intelligence for public good

DI's Claudia Wells explains how artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to enhance data systems in low- and middle-income countries while outlining the ethical considerations that must be taken into account when harnessing this technology.

Written by Claudia Wells

Director of Data & Evidence

13 June 2023

Reduced visibility? Opening up World Bank climate finance data

DI adapts World Bank data to allow users to identify which of their twenty thousand plus projects count towards the aggregate climate finance figures, and by how much.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

19 May 2023

SDG learnings from the World Data Forum in Hangzhou: Falling between stools and masters

Are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) trying to be too many things to too many people? Is this the reason for the challenges documented in our recent discussion paper on the SDG monitoring framework?

Written by

Bill Anderson, Claudia Wells

17 April 2023

New DAC data reveals the impact of the Ukraine invasion on aid

The rise in in-donor refugee costs associated with the Ukraine invasion means less money for LDCs. The latest DAC data shows they are paying the price for challenges elsewhere.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor