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Latest blog posts
The price of poverty: interpreting the updated extreme poverty line
In 2022, the World Bank updated the extreme poverty line; Zach Christensen makes sense of what this means for understanding how people experience poverty.
Counting excess vaccine donations as ODA inflated aid in 2021: Here's why they still shouldn't count
DI's Euan Ritchie explains how donors counted vaccines as ODA in 2021, and why the current OECD DAC rules on counting vaccines should change to stop inflating aid
The DAC debates: why aid measurement matters for development
The way we measure aid affects the type and quantity provided as well as our perceptions of it. Why are the DAC's rules controversial?
Martin Ravallion's contribution to poverty reduction: a tribute
Martin Ravallion, the architect of the extreme poverty line, passed away on 24 December 2022. Deborah Hardoon looks at his impact on DI’s work, and pays tribute to him
Tracking humanitarian funding to local actors: what we’ve learnt
In this blog, we explore the latest data and practices on tracking humanitarian funding to local actors, including the challenges around understanding whether 'localisation' of funding is happening and how to overcome them.
Should lending special drawing rights (SDRs) count as aid?
Rechanneling special drawing rights to low- and middle-income countries is an elegant solution to address global problems. Using them as an excuse to cut aid elsewhere is self-defeating.
Indirect cost recovery for 'local' NGOs: an urgent issue for humanitarian reform
In this blog, DI, Oxfam and UNICEF outline the context for new guidance on the provision of overheads to local and national humanitarian actors, and explain why the changing industry standard is so important.
Funding to address gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies must go further
In this blog, DI’s Carina Chicet highlights key areas for improvement in the prevention, mitigation and response to gender-based violence in crisis settings.
The data behind the debate over Uganda’s income status
DI's Zach Christensen and Dean Breed look into the contested statistics behind the dispute between UBOS and the World Bank about Uganda's income status.