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What we are working on

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Measuring progress of the poorest people

There is no shared vision or comprehensive methodology for measuring whether the poorest people are benefiting from interventions to help them, or indeed from economic growth. We therefore work to help create the environment and inspire the political will that is needed to achieve better commitments, policies and funding that ensure the poorest people are making progress. This includes deep-dives into nutrition, education and health to provide evidence on what is needed to strengthen human capital and build resilient communities to sustainably end poverty.

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Counting people and inclusive data

Vulnerable populations are often missing from official data sources, and where data does exist it is not readily available or usable for those who need it. Our work strengthens national data ecosystems across government, civil society and the private sector, focusing on administrative systems, data disaggregation and open data. These efforts are crucial for identifying data gaps and equipping actors to improve decision-making from the local to the global level to help ensure no one is left behind.

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Humanitarian assistance and crisis finance

Lack of transparency, a complex funding landscape, and siloed working means it is difficult to track resource flows and ensure they have the best impact on people affected by crisis. Our unique analysis informs decisions and supports accountability efforts to increase the effectiveness and targeting of humanitarian assistance and crisis financing. We bring greater transparency and provide essential information on what funding is available, how it is allocated, who it benefits and what works best to build greater resilience.

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Development finance

We know that international aid will not be enough to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and we need to mobilise all resources – both public and private – and ensure they are harnessed effectively to tackle poverty and promote inclusive growth. We bring unique insights and greater transparency to international financial flows to support better decisions about the mobilisation and allocation of resources to end poverty.

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Domestic resources

There is a lack of reliable and transparent data on what domestic resources are available to officials and policymakers at national and local levels. We work directly with national and local government actors to improve this information and, in turn, support better targeting of resources to meet the needs of the poorest people. Our research also supports efforts to improve domestic revenue mobilisation.

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Supporting partners to use data for impact

When it comes to understanding poverty and the resources available to address it, our firm belief is that decision-makers and advocates need better access to usable data. Where data is available, technical and institutional limitations to its use persist. From civil society groups to government officials we support access and use of data that can facilitate efforts to promote development, end poverty and improve lives. We provide training workshops, free online tools and a data support service that helps people to access, make sense of, and use data.