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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

Gender activism must be taken out of posh hotels and into the mainstream

Written by Mariz Tadros, fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex on the Guardian’s poverty matters blog.  “When I think of gender and development practice, what immediately comes to mind are endless workshops, conferences, seminars, roundtables, policy briefings and media statements addressed to the converted, semi-converted and pretenders. All these are helpful, … Continue reading

Sustainable development goals, targets and…clusters?

Written by Molly Elgin-Cossart, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Non-resident Fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation on the Global Dashboard blog.  “The UN’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) will meet next week to discuss potential goals and targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015. … Continue reading

Measuring Global Goals in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Written by Hien Tran, director of global advocacy at Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poor women and men. Part 1 of a commentary series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. “As discussions continue around … Continue reading

The Common African Position on post-2015: implications for peacebuilding

Written by Sunil Suri, Saferworld and Richard Smith, ACTION Support Centre on the Saferworld site. “With the Common African Position adopting peace and security as its fifth pillar, the African continent has now added its voice to the growing consensus that in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive development that truly leaves no-one behind, the post-2015 development … Continue reading

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