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Beyond dams and pipes: domestic water politics in Ethiopia

30 October 2014 - Beatrice Mosello
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.

New power for bad, old habits? Why Brazil must change its energy path

20 October 2014 - Peter Newborne
While Brazil’s policy makers, planners and engineers have expanded the country’s energy production, its track record on energy efficiency is poor - Brazil is heading towards an increasingly energy-producing and energy-guzzling future. We need clarity on precisely whom its energy policy is designed to serve.

Zero poverty? The Sustainable Development Goals aren’t quite there yet

16 October 2014 - Andrew Shepherd
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?

Countdown to zero-zero

16 October 2014 - Ilmi Granoff and Susan Nicolai
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.

Why the Sustainable Development Goals should include mental health

10 October 2014 - Jessica Mackenzie
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.