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New stories add volumes to ODI’s development progress library

Press Release

Eight new stories highlighting effective development interventions have been released by the Overseas Development Institute. The stories span progress in healthcare, education, good governance, access to water, social protection and economic growth in countries across Africa and Latin America.  Their publication completes an online collection of Development Progress Stories ahead of a final synthesis report to be launched later this year.

Their release coincided with an event held at the ODI to examine Africa after 50 featuring representation from the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rwandan High Commission.

Speaking at the event Punam Chuhan-Pole, Lead Economist for the Africa Region at the World Bank said:

“The Development Progress Stories provide us with interesting cross-sector insights into what drives successful development. By sharing our understanding of what works and why, we can not only inform the debate on development issues but help African countries learn from each other.”

ODI Director Alison Evans said:

“These stories show how smart policies and smart financing can really have an impact on people’s everyday lives.  It’s a real asset to policy makers and politicians to be able to draw on such striking examples of how a steadfast commitment to reducing poverty can transform lives. They contain some strong evidence of innovation and change which I look forward to studying further in the forthcoming synthesis report.”

The latest case studies look at:

The stories are all available to download from www.developmentprogress.org. In the coming months, ODI will complete the online publication of a planned library of twenty-four case studies, each highlighting progress from a different country, and will produce a Development Progress Stories synthesis report early in 2011.

This research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.