Ethiopia wants to be a middle-income country by 2020 and is ramping up investment in hydropower, as well as new irrigation and water supply. But unconstrained water development and weak management can undermine the resource base and squander opportunities for responsible growth, as India and China have demonstrated. Building institutions – not dams and pipes – is the biggest challenge facing water managers in Ethiopia today.
'Donor governance programming should come out of its ghetto, which implies that governance specialists should stop working in silos. Those who think they understand governance should start contributing more directly to efforts to improve development outcomes, by making them politically smarter and more adaptive.'
'International organisations, keen to use local materials in rebuilding homes, began purchasing bamboo en masse from retailers, wholesalers and even growers. The market dried up, and prices increased further.' What happens when humanitarian aid ends up making things worse for those trying to survive?
Eradicating poverty means tackling chronic poverty, stopping people becoming impoverished and sustaining escapes from extreme poverty. Are these priorities well represented in the emerging post-2015 development framework - and as the current 'shopping list' of Sustainable Development Goals gets whittled down to a set of priorities, are key policies being overlooked?
We cannot sustain progress in eradicating poverty if we don't tackle climate change as well. Ahead of the Development & Climate Days event at COP20 in Lima, this blog looks at the concept of 'zero-zero', arguing that without action to prevent global average temperatures from rising by more than 2°C, those who emerge from poverty are likely to fall back into it due to climate disasters.
'Portraying CAR as a nearly stable situation, where the political process is the main priority, risks ignoring the fragile reality for most of the people: a reality marked by regular and devastating threats to their lives and livelihoods.'
Mental illness affects one in four people, yet the poorest countries dedicate just 0.5% of their health budgets to it. As the post-2015 development framework is being finalised, we have a crucial opportunity to persuade policymakers worldwide to give mental heath the attention - and the funding - it deserves.
'The UK government risks sacrificing its long-term vision on development – and short-term politics is a poor excuse.'
Why do richer countries get four times the amount of aid (per poor person) than poorer countries? If we are going to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030, we need to allocate aid to where it is most needed.