SDGs

17 Oct, 2018

Why do some countries reduce poverty faster than others?

'Can poverty be eradicated?' is the biggest question for development. Progress in poverty reduction was a central success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): estimates suggest that as many as ...

20 Sep, 2018

From MDGs to SDGs: where next for Bangladesh?

Would you say that a country was likely to reach any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if it is affected by adverse geographical conditions, has a state apparatus perceived as chronically corrupt,...

12 Mar, 2018

Reflections on the Berlin conference on ‘Energy for Displaced People: A Global Plan of Action’

In January in Berlin, UN agencies, donors, NGOs and the private sector came together to ensure that the humanitarian sector contributes to the achievement of...

20 Feb, 2018

Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities

Refugees are increasingly regarded as a development issue, rather than simply a focus for humanitarian aid. This reflects the fact that 84% of the world’s refugees are in...

02 Nov, 2017

Reflections from 'Putting Children First': from surviving to thriving

I spent much of last week in Addis Ababa at the ‘Putting Children First’ conference (for my hopes on this, see a blog written the week...

30 Jun, 2016

First thoughts on this year’s State of the World’s Children

Two big reports are out this week – first, UNICEFs ‘State of the World’s Children’ report, and second (given I write from the UK), the UK’s own annual official statistical report on low incomes within the...

11 Dec, 2015

Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda – time to celebrate?

In September 2015, the United Nations published the final version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

02 Nov, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...

25 Sep, 2015

Will the SDGs advance progress for disadvantaged children?

The end of the week sees the meeting to agree the Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t expect too many surprises; the document to be signed off has already been published. There are 17 proposed goals, with...

24 Sep, 2015

Income and multidimensional poverty – fighting poverty in all its dimensions

The way we define poverty has changed. At the Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the UN will formally adopt a new sustainable development agenda that will include a goal to end poverty...