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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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Civilians fleeing fighting seek refuge at UNMISS Compound in Bor, South Sudan
Civilians fleeing fighting seek refuge at UNMISS Compound in Bor, South Sudan

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South Sudan

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​What is happening in South Sudan? Nine years on from the signing of the Comprehesive Peace Agreement (CPA) – which ended decades of conflict between southern insurgents and the Sudanese government in Khartoum – and three years after the independence vote, South Sudan is again in the grips of violence.  Researchers at the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) have closely followed South Sudan, through its fight for independence and as it struggles to build itself into a nation.

Now, ODI reflects on the recent events – and those further back in history – to better understand what has happened in the country, and what it means for the future.

Destroyed villages in Leyte province, Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan
Destroyed villages in Leyte province, Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan

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Typhoon Haiyan

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​Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest storm ever recorded – hit the Philippines on 7 November 2013, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The UN has estimated that over 11 million people were affected, and some 673,000 people displaced. Up to 10,000 are feared dead, but massive infrastructure damage has made the task of accessing communities and assessing their needs all the more difficult. 

Why was this storm so catastrophic? Was the Philippines prepared for the disaster? How can international agencies, governments, and the public best help people in need? And what lessons can we learn from humanitarian responses to past disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2010 Haiti earthquake?

Thailand solar panels
Thailand solar panels

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2013 climate change conference in Warsaw

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The international community convened in Warsaw, from 11 to 22 November 2013, for the annual conference on climate change. The meeting was a key marker on the road to 2015, when major agreements on both development and climate change are expected and hoped for. Any climate deal must deliver for the planet and for the poor. This Autumn, ODI’s work on climate change has focused on informing three major public and policy debates.
General Assembly Hall, United Nations HQ
General Assembly Hall, United Nations HQ

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UNGA 2013

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As the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York, ODI is collecting views on what the future should hold for the achievement of international development goals – both the present Millennium Development Goals and the future goals being discussed to replace them.

The new Development Progress website is a hub for ideas, debate and resources on what needs to be done to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. 

Looking to the future, the My World survey aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views about future development goals. More than 1 million people in 194 countries have participated so far, making this one of the biggest surveys ever carried out.

Flags of the G20 flying at the London Summit
Flags of the G20 flying at the London Summit

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G20 Summit in Russia

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​On the 5-6 September leaders from the G20 countries will gather in St Petersburg, Russia. In advance of the summit ODI researchers will be exploring what we should expect from the latest meeting and how we might assess the capacity of the G20 as an effective global body.
Haitians Carry Away Ministry of Commerce Remains
Haitians Carry Away Ministry of Commerce Remains

Haitians remove items from the rubble of the Ministry's offices in Port-au-Prince.
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World Humanitarian Day

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​World Humanitarian Day marks the day, ten years ago, when 22 aid workers were killed by a terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years on, aid workers continue to face targeted or indiscriminate attacks while delivering aid on the frontlines. ODI researchers look at the challenges the humanitarian sector faces in working in dangerous and insecure environments.
Flags of G8 nations on display at the summit in Italy
Flags of G8 nations on display at the summit in Italy

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The G8 at Lough Erne

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On the 17-18 June, leaders from the G8 countries will gather at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. On the agenda are three key issues: advancing trade; ensuring tax compliance; promoting greater transparency.

In advance of the summit, ODI researchers will be responding to this agenda and providing an independent commentary on the Lough Erne accountability report, which reviews the G8's delivery against previous summit commitments.

Flooding in Pakistan: a submerged street near Nowshera, Kyhber-Pakhtunkhwa province
Flooding in Pakistan: a submerged street near Nowshera, Kyhber-Pakhtunkhwa province

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Bonn climate conferences 2013

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First steps towards 2015 global agreement?
The 2013 climate change conferences in Bonn are hoped to be the first steps towards an agreement on global climate action in Paris in 2015. With the Fast Start Finance period over, pressure is also on developed countries to find new and additional funding to tackle climate change and to scale it up dramatically before a new global agreement on emissions reductions would come into force in 2020.

ODI goes to Bonn well placed to comment on many key issues, with our analysis of Fast Start Finance contributions, research on the effectiveness of key climate finance funds and analysis of existing climate finance pledges and payments. ODI staff are hosting a  joint side event with WRI on climate finance impact and effectiveness, the CDKN climate change knowledge brokers workshop, as well as chairing and speaking in events organised by IGES, BMU/BMZ and KfW.

Worker looks at files - Cape Town Port Authority
Worker looks at files - Cape Town Port Authority

Cape Town Port Authority, Susan, in the office where Vessel Traffic Control takes place.South Africa
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The future of aid

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As the debate over aid spending continues to rage in the UK and countries traditionally associated with providing assistance tighten their belts, longer term trends are fundamentally altering the landscape of development cooperation. What is the role of aid in the 21st century?

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