'As we head into a series of international dialogues on financing for development, the #AdaptDev Twitter chat reinforced that different constituencies are now calling for a change in how financing is provided, so that it is genuinely locally-led, adaptive, and solves real problems rather than bringing in ready-made solutions.'
'If we really hope to meet the needs of people in need in every region of the world, then there needs to be a collective commitment to support the emergence of a truly global humanitarian system. The role of regional organisations in such a global system will be critical – and potentially for millions around the world, life-saving.'
If protecting our climate and jobs weren’t motivation enough, the financial case for divestment and eliminating subsidies is now as convincing as it gets.
Communities around the world are feeling the impacts of climate change already, but many of the most severe effects will be felt in the decades to come, particularly from mid-century onwards. Nowhere is this more apparent than in sub-Saharan Africa which will be one of the hardest hit regions of the world.
'The question of how parliaments can become more effective has never been more urgent. Almost 90% of countries today are formal democracies, but parliaments (along with political parties) are the institutions people trust least.'
'2015 is an important year, as U.N. member states gather to agree a new set of international development goals. But projections based on current rates of progress show that for many poor people, the question is not whether they will have access to basic things such as access to primary health or education or adequate sanitation by 2015 or even 2030, but by 2090 or even later.'
Think tank events can take many guises, have multiple objectives and target very different audiences. But measuring the impact and qualiy of these events is a murkey field. So how on earth do you measure the impact of your events?