Health worker administrates polio-vaccine drops to a child during anti-polio immunization campaign at Pak-Afghan Border on April 08, 2015

XKCD on World Polio Day

XKCD teases the innovation fetish in international development. Read the full post »
Four men on their way to work at sunrise. One is on a bicycle.

We are the first generation in human history … again

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, says that the world is moving closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030:

This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we

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Humanitarian Cash Transfers

The Free Exchange column in this week's Economist discusses the work of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers. Read the full post »
Casual Laborers with the WFP (World Food Program) load food rations onto a truck in the Free Port of Monrovia.
Official USMC photo by Corporal Marcus L. Miller

Transforming Humanitarian Aid with Cash Transfers: High Level Panel Report

A High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, which I chaired, has concluded that much more humanitarian aid should be provided as cash, rather than as vouchers or in-kind; and that this change should be used to bring about broader reforms of humanitarian aid. Read the full post »
A screenshot of the cover of the magazine, Great Insights, published by ECDPM

Innovative financing for development: as if social returns, incentives, and value for money really mattered

There is an article by Theo Talbot and me in the latest edition of ECDPM’s Great Insights Private Sector Matters.

We argue that rather than subsidising inputs or reducing risk to leverage private finance for development, it would be … Go to to read the rest

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