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13 September 2021

The cost of leaving Afghans behind

Aid to Afghanistan is stagnating despite the desperate need for funding. Donors must come together to ensure that this does not become the new normal for such crises.

Written by Sofia Martínez Fernández

Senior Policy & Engagement Advisor

13 August 2021

The latest data on the UK FCDO’s nutrition spending is out. What does it tell us?

We take a look at what the latest data tells us about the UK FCDO’s nutrition spending, and how the UK government is performing against its Nutrition For Growth commitments.

Written by

Jordan Beecher, Anna Hope

27 July 2021

Including local and national actors in humanitarian open data

How data-driven transparency can be extended to better capture the critical work of local and national actors within the humanitarian system

Written by Verity Outram

Senior Humanitarian and Transparency Policy Advisor

1 July 2021

Covid-19 and targeting ODA to poverty

Can Covid-19 be a call to improve ODA targeting towards people in greatest poverty?

Written by Maria Ana Jalles d’Orey

Development Finance Lead

30 June 2021

Data, language and the power to change norms

It’s time we asked ourselves some hard questions about the power imbalance within the development sector.

Written by Claudia Wells

Director of Data Use

28 June 2021

Using near real-time data on aid flows: Lessons learnt

Bill Anderson shares lessons learnt from DI’s recent experience using near real-time data to examine donor response to the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting an urgent need for timely, disaggregated data.

Written by Bill Anderson

Data & Information Architect

11 March 2021

Blended finance and ODA: the best use of a limited resource?

ODA to blended finance is increasing, but does this use of a scarce resource deliver impact for the poorest people and places?

Written by

Amy Dodd, Hilary Jeune, Sam Ashby

4 March 2021

Localisation is here to stay: Lessons from Kenya

As part of a DI research team, Martha Getachew Bekele heard from over 30 humanitarian actors working in Kenya. Here she reveals what localisation means to them.

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Lead Analyst, East Africa

3 March 2021

Development Initiatives’ strategy 2021–2030: what’s new?

DI's Executive Director Harpinder Collacott looks at how our new strategy will unlock insight, shine a light on progress and empower others over the next decade

Written by Harpinder Collacott

Chief Executive Officer