The critical importance of urban areas to the development of nations is clear as more than half the world now lives in towns and cities that account for 80% of global GDP. This is why the Overseas Development Institute focusses on analysing urbanisation as a key development trend and has developed a substantial body of research on its interaction with a variety of themes and sectors.
Now, ODI reflects on the recent events – and those further back in history – to better understand what has happened in the country, and what it means for the future.
Why was this storm so catastrophic? Was the Philippines prepared for the disaster? How can international agencies, governments, and the public best help people in need? And what lessons can we learn from humanitarian responses to past disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2010 Haiti earthquake?
As the United Nations General Assembly
convenes in New York, ODI is collecting views on what the future should hold
for the achievement of international development goals – both the present
Millennium Development Goals and the future goals being discussed to replace
The new Development Progress website is a hub for ideas, debate and resources on what needs to be done to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
Looking to the future, the My World survey aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views about future development goals. More than 1 million people in 194 countries have participated so far, making this one of the biggest surveys ever carried out.
On the 17-18 June, leaders from the G8 countries will gather at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. On the agenda are three key issues: advancing trade; ensuring tax compliance; promoting greater transparency.
In advance of the summit, ODI researchers will be responding to this agenda and providing an independent commentary on the Lough Erne accountability report, which reviews the G8's delivery against previous summit commitments.
First steps towards 2015 global agreement?
The 2013 climate change conferences in Bonn are hoped to be the first steps towards an agreement on global climate action in Paris in 2015. With the Fast Start Finance period over, pressure is also on developed countries to find new and additional funding to tackle climate change and to scale it up dramatically before a new global agreement on emissions reductions would come into force in 2020.
ODI goes to Bonn well placed to comment on many key issues, with our analysis of Fast Start Finance contributions, research on the effectiveness of key climate finance funds and analysis of existing climate finance pledges and payments. ODI staff are hosting a joint side event with WRI on climate finance impact and effectiveness, the CDKN climate change knowledge brokers workshop, as well as chairing and speaking in events organised by IGES, BMU/BMZ and KfW.