A third of the world’s population does not have access to a safe, private toilet. On World Toilet Day 2014, researchers in ODI's Water Policy Programme reflect on some of the obstacles - and solutions - to achieving universal sanitation.
After a joint ODI / UNEP Finance Initiative side event titled 'Climate finance: how does it make a difference?', panellist Karsten Loeffler of Allianz commented on the role that the new Green Climate Fund can play in engaging the insurance industry in the fight against climate change.
In the December podcast we take a look at life in one of the world's biggest refugee camps - Za'atari in Jordan - explore the reality of delivering aid in Somalia during the 2011 famine, and probe the relationship between organised crime and democracy.
In this month's podcast we discuss what Typhoon Haiyan reveals about climate change, disaster preparedness and emergency response, assess the outcome of the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, and examine budgeting in the real world.
Recorded at COP 19 climate change conference in Warsaw, ODI's Jonathan Tanner and Sam Barnard ask delegates to reflect on the climate change negotiations and any progress made thus far. Interviews feature: Former Irish President Mary Robinson, Stacy Swann from the World Bank, and ODI's Shelagh Whitley, among many others.
In this podcast ODI's Head of Climate Change and Environment joins Guardian journalist Hugh Muir, John Vidal the Guardian's environment editor, Monica Araya a climate change specialist from Costa Rica, and Amal-Lee Amin, an associate director of the E3G environmental thinktank, to explore what we might expect from the UN climate change talks in Warsaw.
In this month's podcast we explore the relationship between poverty and disasters, assess the place of development in UK politics and ask what we know for sure about structural transformation in low-income countries.
Tanzania based Twaweza's new initiative, Voices of Citizens, uses mobile phones to regularly collect information from a broad cross-section of Tanzanian citizens in order to aid policy makers, and inform the public about what's going on. In this podcast, Leni Wild interviews Mushi Elvis Leonard - a researcher based at Twaweza - and explores how the survey works as well as how the findings are communicated and used to create change.
In this month’s podcast we look at a plan to get Syrian refugees in Lebanon into school, ask how we can better support governments to deliver public services, and following the UN General Assembly take a look at the latest in the post-2015 negotiations.
The Ugandan government has recently launched a new website that puts an unprecendented amount of information on the country's finances into the public domain. ODI's Tim Williamson, who worked closely with the Ministry of Finance on the site, talks to Ryan Flynn about budget transparency.
Research Fellow Helen Tilley interviews Rinus Van Klinken, acting Director of SNV Tanzania, to talk about the governance constraints he has encountered in his work on improving rural water supply in Tanzania, and the approaches he has adopted to overcome them.
This month’s ODI Podcast takes a look at what the current wave of global protest can tell us about democracy and elections, picks apart the rationale for Sunday’s elections in Mali and delves into the debate over whether we should be making more of the aid budget available to the military.
'By looking at averages when measuring progress, we are looking at a biased view of what we have been able to achieve. Only by looking at inequitable distributions of our progress, can we really understand whether or not we are achieving progress.'
'A common finding across our research in Africa, Asia and Latin America is that even where a gender perspective has been integrated into the design of a social protection programme, such initiatives have often failed to live up to their potential.'
'Many commentators agree that Gaza has been ‘de-developing’ for years, and with the blockade this process has accelerated. What this means is that the population is, through years of unemployment and highly constrained opportunities for training and education outside the Gaza Strip, becoming less skilled and poorer.'