What should a European Voice on Development actually say?

March 22, 2012

Sustainable Development Goals: easy win or slippery slope?

January 30, 2012

Post-2015 continued: do's and don'ts for deciding what comes next (and some likely candidates)

November 4, 2011

Beyond 2015 – what comes after the MDGs?

November 3, 2011

African public opinion on food security and the MDGs

February 2, 2011

Eliminate poverty, don’t reduce it: Victor Hugo disses the MDGs

November 9, 2010
“I am one of those who think and say that it is possible to destroy extreme poverty. Mark you, gentlemen, I am not saying ‘reduce’, ‘lessen’, ‘limit’, ‘control’, I said destroy. Poverty is a disease of society such as leprosy was a disease of the human body, and can be eliminated just as leprosy has disappeared. Yes, it is possible.

Random Highlights from the Manchester War on Poverty Conference

September 9, 2010
Some random observations from the ‘Ten Years of War Against Poverty’ conference in Manchester, before I head off to Edinburgh for tomorrow’s conference on ‘Making the Most of Scotland’s Aid (it’s that time of year…) Ravi Kanbur (one of my heroes for his paper on why NGOs and the  big institutions disagree all the time) has an intriguing proposal for

Joe Stiglitz and David Hulme on ‘What have we learned from 10 years of war on poverty?’

September 8, 2010
I’m spending a couple of days at a big development conference in Manchester. It’s called ‘Ten years of war against poverty – what have we learned?’ and it’s heaving – there are about 500 people here. It’s hosted by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, and is both a review of 10 years’ work, and a moment of transition as its

How about some MDGs for the TOP billion?

August 27, 2010
In the run up to the big UN MDG summit next month, this sweet idea comes from Andrew Revkin on his dot earth blog: “Here comes a question to ponder over the weekend. There is a set of Millennium Development Goals for the poorest of the poor – a cohort of humanity sometimes described as the the “bottom billion.” But,

The US gets serious on the Millennium Development Goals

August 2, 2010
Climate change legislation may have been blown out of the water in Congress, but Barack Obama is still moving forward on reforming the chaotic US aid system (see previous posts here). On Friday the Administration released the US plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, ahead of the UN’s September ‘high level event’ on the MDGs. Two paras caught my eye:

Cash on Delivery – worth a try?

May 18, 2010
You’ve got to hand it to the policy entrepreneurs at the Center for Global Development – they sure know how to get new ideas onto the tables and into the minds of decision makers. One of their biggest and most interesting new(ish) ideas is ‘Cash on Delivery’ (CoD), and I’ve just been reading their new book on it. The concept’s

Do the MDGs influence national development policies?

March 31, 2010
Expect a lot of soul searching around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this year, in the run up to the UN high level event in September (see previous posts here and here). A recent issue of the IDS bulletin covered ‘The MDGs and Beyond’. The piece that caught my eye was an analysis of national Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) by