'After the Lima climate talks concluded last week, it was roundly agreed that they represented a small – though vital – step forward. Even though progress is slow and painful, it will be worthwhile if it ultimately brings us to a strong, workable agreement in December 2015.'
Long term finance to help developing countries respond to climate change proved hugely contentious and difficult at this month’s climate talks in Lima. Despite some positive developments, a clear decision on climate finance at the Paris conference in December 2015 remains some way off.
International migration is one of the most effective ways of reducing global poverty - but restrictions on movement leave migrants vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, diminishing the economic gains and putting migrants' lives at risk. This blog is part of a series from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium for International Migrants Day 2014.
'Various efforts were made over the last ten years to modernise the system. None were successful. The more time passed, the more the system – and the OECD's Development Assistance Committee itself – started to fall into disrepute. Standard setting bodies are only valuable if they are respected.'
When was the last time someone bought you a loaf of bread as a Christmas present? Probably never. Here are four things that buying gifts can teach us about aid.
The development finance conference in Addis next year should consider two seemingly counterintuitive ideas: focus international grants on the least creditworthy countries; and boost access to non-concessional aid for richer countries.
Cash programming came of age during the tsunami response. Cash gives people choices: the ability to prioritise their own needs, to invest and to become independent - rather than remaining passive victims kept alive by charity.
'The theory of change approach needs to be joined up, as a discourse and practice, with other initiatives which aim to change how we think about and do development. Anchoring to broader movements with similar goals (critical and reflective research, policy, and practice in development) may help prevent it heading down the 'logframe on steroids' path.'
Both this year and next, Human Rights Day coincides with the closing days of the big annual climate change conference. This should focus us all on what needs to be achieved over the next year: global recognition that the rights of future generations have the same status and value as our own.
This weekend in Lima, international leaders called for a surge in public support for tackling climate change and poverty, in order to galvanise governmental ambition for three landmark agreements in 2015 on sustainable development, climate change and disaster reduction.