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Expert opinion, insight and comment on today’s most pertinent issues relating to sustainable development and ending poverty

Latest blog posts

11 December 2023

What does limited progress at COP28 mean for Africa?

From COP28, DI’s Martha Bekele reflects on the unfairness of those who have little to do with emissions shouldering the effects of climate change and struggling with the costs the system imposes

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

6 December 2023

Global Public Investment and ocean protection

On 9 December, COP28 will consider Nature, Land Use and Oceans. Marine ecosystems stabilise the climate and support human wellbeing. Can GPI help us conserve and use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development?

Written by

Gail Hurley (Independent Senior Development Finance Expert), Mohammed Ali-Hassan

4 December 2023

How can AI be used to improve predictions of humanitarian need?

We used machine learning to project the possible impacts of different climate change scenarios on humanitarian need. What might the future hold?

Written by Alex Miller

Senior Data Scientist

1 December 2023

Is climate finance wrongly reported by over a billion dollars per year?

We used AI to assess how the World Bank and the UK are recording climate funds. Our model identifies one in five of the Bank's projects as appearing suspicious and warranting further investigation, compared with the UK's one in 50.

Written by Alex Miller

Senior Data Scientist

29 November 2023

When the data doesn’t tell the full story: improving gender-responsive climate finance

How can we change the climate finance system to improve accountability and ensure that decisions and policies learn from the insights of women on the front line of the climate crisis?

Written by Mariam Ibrahim

Growth & Partnerships Lead

13 November 2023

Overlooked and undervalued: tracking funding to refugee-led organisations

Refugee-led organisations play a key but overlooked role in humanitarian action. How can new insights on their funding drive inclusive changes to enhance transparency, funding and advocacy?

Written by Carina Chicet

Senior Analyst

31 October 2023

Data Governance: Do all global problems require global solutions?

DI's Bill Anderson highlights some of the complexities in aiming for a global consensus on data governance, and shares our data governance database as part of DI's commitment to digital public goods.

Written by Bill Anderson

Knowledge & Innovation Lead

19 October 2023

The word from Marrakesh? Listen and reform to be fit to fight crisis

DI’s Martha Bekele asks how voices from Africa will be highlighted so that reform in financing for development and MDBs are meaningful, and explains what DI is doing to drive this.

Written by Martha Getachew Bekele

Delivery, Quality & Impact Lead

14 September 2023

How much has the UK spent towards its £11.6 billion climate finance commitment?

This blog explores data on the UK's climate finance spending and finds the government is likely to fall short of its 2026 commitment.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor