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How is aid changing in the Covid-19 pandemic?

This briefing sets out near real-time data on aid for the first half of 2020. It shows how commitments are changing in the Covid-19 pandemic and where these are most likely to affect the poorest people and places.

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Development Initiatives (DI) is an international development organisation that focuses on putting data-driven decision-making at the heart of poverty eradication.

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We work at global, regional, national and subnational levels, with staff across the world. In addition to our significant portfolio of grant funded work, we offer consultancy services to clients who share our aims and values.

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Featured work

Data tool
22 January 2021

Tracking aid flows in light of the Covid-19 crisis

How is Covid-19 impacting aid flows? This data tool is updated monthly to track aid commitments and provide unique real-time analysis based on IATI data.

Report
4 November 2020

Adapting aid to end poverty: Delivering the commitment to leave no one behind in the context of Covid-19

This report calls for us to refocus ODA (aid) in the context of Covid-19, shifting the ‘leave no one behind’ agenda from inclusive growth to inclusive recovery. It analyses changes to poverty and how the pandemic has impacted finance vital to the poorest people.

Briefing
18 October 2020

How is Covid impacting people living in poverty worldwide?

Use interactive charts and analysis of key trends to explore how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting people living in poverty at the global, regional and national levels, as well as inequality within countries. What makes certain groups vulnerable to its impacts?

Factsheet
18 January 2021

Aid to LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS during the Covid-19 pandemic

Find out what near real-time data shows about trends for aid to the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing states (SIDSs) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Briefing
17 November 2020

How can development actors meet longer term needs in crises?

This briefing sets out our research on the humanitarian–development–peace nexus, and how actors can meet livelihood, recovery and development needs of vulnerable people in crises like Covid-19.

Report
18 November 2020

Supporting longer term development in crises at the nexus: Lessons from Cameroon

This Cameroon country report is the first in a series examining the role of development actors in addressing people’s longer term needs, risks and vulnerabilities, and supporting operationalisation of the humanitarian–development–peace (HDP) nexus.

Blog
20 November 2020

To survive and thrive: Opportunities to invest in child nutrition

On World Children's Day, Harpinder Collacott and Basanta Kumar Kar reflect on how investments in child nutrition could help young people survive and thrive.

Written by Harpinder Collacott

Executive Director

Blog
13 October 2020

Beyond vested interests: Reforming international cooperation post Covid-19

Guest author Imme Scholz, of the German Development Institute and German Council for Sustainable Development, argues that international cooperation should take a shared interest in the global common good as its starting point.

Guest author

Written by Imme Scholz

Deputy Director of the German Development Institute and Deputy Chair of the German Council for Sustainable Development

Blog
30 September 2020

The UN is now 75 – we need a new generation of global institutions

DI’s Harpinder Collacott takes the UN’s 75th birthday as an opportunity to reflect on how our current global institutions emerged and what the next generation will need to look like to sustain progress made in tackling global issues

Written by Harpinder Collacott

Executive Director