Overseas Development Institute

Basics
0 The high cost for African migrants sending money back home

The ability for people from Somalia to send money back home is becoming increasingly harder. Barclays bank’s attempt to shutter its services were met with strong opposition. Now the same issue is being raised in the US with Merchants Bank planning to end its remittances services to Somalia this week. “Somalia…

Basics
1 End of extreme poverty by 2030? Not so fast

Big statements about ending extreme poverty by 2030 were tossed about last year.  It is a possible outcome, though far from certain. Present estimates say that there are 1.2 billion people still experiencing extreme poverty. That means that they have, on average, less than $1.25 each day. That $1.25 is…

Environment
0 The Public-Private Climate Change Spending Gap

If you spend it, they will come. That was thought to be the way to go about getting the private sector to invest in climate mitigation and adaptation activities. As this graphic shows, it is not working so well. The private sector spent twenty-five cents on the dollar as compared…

World Politics
0 Guardian: Time to abandon the democracy vs dictatorship debate?

The Guardian has published this very thought-provoking article arguing we need to stop thinking so simplistically when it comes to pushing for political progress in other countries. Well, who would argue with that? But David Booth, with the Overseas Development Institute, actually appears to be suggesting donors and development organizations…