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Ending Poverty in a Generation: The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Written by John Podesta, Chair of the Center for American Progress in the Global Policy journal. “We’re here to talk about ending extreme poverty in a generation. It will come as a surprise to none of you when I say that we are facing some truly historic global challenges. And I’m not talking about the Tea … Continue reading

Making the United Nations fit for the post-2015 world

Written by Ian Thorpe who works with the UN on knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation on his blog, KM on a Dollar a Day.  “While the consultations and negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are ongoing, inside the UN discussion is already moving to whether or not the UN is … Continue reading

Wanted: Urban data revolution for post 2015 sustainable development goals

Written by David Satterthwaite, senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Visiting Professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London on the IIED blog. “The focus is on what indicators to use to measure and monitor progress towards these new goals. But there is little discussion of how to … Continue reading

Post-2015: the power of voice, inclusion and participation

Written by Shannon O’Shea on the UNICEF blog. “Nearly anywhere you turn on the news lately, you will see headlines about inequality. However, perhaps inevitably, these issues are oversimplified in the headlines. The rich vs. poor, the 99% vs. the 1%, Wall Street vs. Main Street, etc. etc. If it was only about money—the ability … Continue reading

What’s Next for the Learning Metrics Task Force?

Written by Rebecca Winthrop, director of the Center for Universal Education and senior fellow at Global Economy and Development on the Brookings Education+Development blog.  “Measurement, if done well, can play a critical role at many levels in improving education quality and learning. Effective teachers measure learning in the classroom to adjust and individualize instruction. Head teachers, … Continue reading

Universal health coverage: time for an ambitious call for equity in health

By Winnie Byanyima, executive director at Oxfam International on the Oxfam blog.  “In the global survey World We Want 2015, health was the first priority of people living in poor countries. This was not surprising. Every year in Africa, nearly a quarter of a million children under five die because their parents cannot afford to pay … Continue reading

World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities

 Written by Manish Bapna and Dario Hidalgo on the World Resources Institute blog.  “In recent months, popular protests have broken out in cities around the globe. The causes were different: soaring pollution in Beijing; violent, gender-based crime in New Delhi; and access to public services in São Paulo. But, for each, inequality was a significant underlying factor. Many cities … Continue reading

Will competing UN and OECD partnerships stymie aid effectiveness?

Written by Jonathan Glennie, research associate at the Overseas Development Institute in London and at the Centro De Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei) in Bogotá on the Guardian Poverty Matters blog.  “As we approach the first high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) in Mexico next week, no one quite knows what to expect. Are … Continue reading

Is there anything new with the post-2015 UN Agenda on Sustainable Development?

Written by Mariarosaria Iorio, Political Analyst as a contribution to the on-going debates on the post-2015 agenda on sustainable development.    What are the Issues?   As the world is undergoing a major systemic crisis, commitment to redistribution, social well-being and environmental justice is central. However, there is also a need to concretely and positively impact … Continue reading

Climate change will ‘lead to battles for food’, says head of World Bank

Written by Larry Elliott, economics editor at the Guardian in the Guardian. “Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the … Continue reading

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