10 things to know about development and the data revolution

Author: Emma Samman

Publication date: June 2015

The data revolution has the potential to lead to sharper, more targeted, better-monitored policies. It could even transform power relations between citizens, governments and businesses. Used well, data can help people reach a clearer picture of their lives – and use the evidence for progress. But people remain uncounted and big gaps in our knowledge remain. Explore development and the data revolution in these 10 infographics.

World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development

The WDR 2014 argues that risk management can be a powerful instrument for development—not only by building people’s resilience and thus reducing the effects of adverse events but also by allowing them to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. This presentation at the UK launch of the report clarifies the importance, objectives and components of risk management, and what these imply for all societal levels, ranging from the individual to the international community.

The World Bank: A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality -Theory and Practice : Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software

Authors: James, F. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2013

This World Bank publication is an introduction to the theory and practice of measuring poverty and inequality, as well as a user's guide for analyzing income or consumption distribution for any standard household dataset using the World Bank's ADePT software.

ODI: Eradicating global poverty: a noble goal, but how do we measure it?

In the context of the widespread support for a continued poverty focus after 2015 and the persistent challenges of measuring extreme poverty, ODI has asked several experts to make proposals as to how to measure poverty in a post-2015 agreement.

This second ODI working paper shares their contributions, which show some consensus but also several areas of contention.

3ie/IFPRI: The Impact of the Kenya CT-OVC Programme on Productive Activities and Labor Allocation

The following videos are part of the 3ie/IFPRI Seminar Series on Impact Evaluation.

January 31th, 2013, Paul Winters discussed whether and how cash transfers could be used for productive purposes as part of a broader development agenda. The Kenya Cash Transfer Programme for Orphans and Vulnerable Children is used as a case study.

ODI Development Progress - Exploring what works and why

Rising inequality, increased impacts from climate change, continued undernourishment and hunger. These challenges are real, they are global, and they are hitting the world's poorest the hardest. But too often stories of failure have overshadowed those of success. Real incomes are doubling, life expectancy is increasing, poverty levels are declining -- progress is happening faster than at any other time in human history.

Thematic study on the Paris Declaration, aid effectiveness and development effectiveness. Evaluation of the Paris Declaration.

Author(s): Stern, E., L. Altinger, et al. (for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark)

Publication Date: 2008 

This study assesses the relevance and effectiveness of the Paris Declaration and its contribution to both aid and development effectiveness. It reviews the history and evolution of the Paris Declaration, considers the plausibility of its assumptions; and suggests key elements of design and governance to be drawn upon in preparing for Phase 2 of the Evaluation.

Markets, Institutions and Technology: missing links in livelihoods analysis

Authors: A. Dorward, N. Poole, J. Morrison, J. Kydd, I. Urey
Publication Date: 2003 (Development Policy Review)

This article focuses on an important gap in much of the conceptualisation and application of 'livelihood approaches'- a lack of emphasis on markets and their roles in livelihood development and poverty reduction.