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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Kevin Watkins
Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins

Executive Director
Kevin Watkins joined ODI as Executive Director in June 2013. He is a former nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and was previously director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report. His research focuses on education, globalization and human development.
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Lost in intermediation: how excessive charges undermine the benefits of remittances for Africa

Publication - Research reports and studies - 16 April 2014
Africans living abroad face some of the highest fees in the world to send money home, costing their families approximately $1.8 billion a year in lost income. This report, funded by Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, analyses global charges on money sent to sub-Saharan Africa, and estimates that reducing charges to global average levels would generate enough income to put 14 million children into school and provide safe water to 21 million people.
Classroom in India
Classroom in India

License: Creative Commons
Source: Flickr

Teaching and learning: achieving quality for all

Event - Public event - 7 April 2014 13:30 - 18:00 (GMT+01 (BST))

This event will launch the 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Teaching and learning: achieving quality for all. The report will show that a lack of attention to education quality and a failure to reach the marginalised have contributed to a learning crisis that needs urgent attention. ​Speakers include ODI's Kevin Watkins, as well as Lynne Featherstone (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development) and Mary Stiasny (Pro-Director International, Institute of Education, University of London).

A first grade student at one of the IRC’s schools in Kabul. UNICEF says only one in five Afghan women can read or write, and that’s a substantive improvement from a decade ago. Literacy rates for men approach 50%, but that remains one of the lowest ra
A first grade student at one of the IRC’s schools in Kabul. UNICEF says only one in five Afghan women can read or write, and that’s a substantive improvement from a decade ago. Literacy rates for men approach 50%, but that remains one of the lowest ra

children, girls, reading, child, education
License: Creative Commons
Credit: @NHolt/IRC
Source: IRC

Afghanistan after 2014: what's next?

Event - Public event - 2 April 2014 18:00 - 20:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
​2014 is a year of major transition for Afghanistan. In a report to be released on 2 April, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) argues that while 2014 is a challenging year for Afghanistan, it is also an opportunity for the international community to stand beside the Afghan people, building on successful, community-based approaches to humanitarian assistance and development.
Access to Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Access to Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contaminated water in Karial slum, one of the urban slums of Dhaka
License: Creative Commons
Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park
Source: United Nations

Making services work for poor people: the science and politics of delivery

Event - Conference - 28 February - 1 March 2014
​The 2004 World Development Report (WDR), Making Services Work for Poor People, is recognised as ground-breaking in its appraisal of accountability relationships and performance for service delivery. Ten years on, what have we learnt about the science and politics of service delivery – and what are the emerging issues that will shape future priorities?

Grants or loans: how should the UK provide aid in the future?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 20 February 2014

 

A new report by the IDC explores the new challenges facing UK development. Three ODI bloggers reflect on its findings – and we want your views. 

Introduction by Kevin Watkins, ODI Director

The international development landscape is changing.

With rich countries still struggling to shake off the after-effects of the financial crisis, emerging markets have become a global growth pole. Countries in Africa are posting some of the world’s highest growth rates – several have entered the ranks of middle-income countries.

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