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10 things to know about progress in international development

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Katy Harris, Tom Berliner

​Around the world, amazing progress in development is being made. More than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990 with major gains made in health and education and in other areas that contribute to human well-being. While the world still faces considerable challenges, including inequality, conflict and climate change, there are many lessons to be learned from countries that have, against all the odds, improved the well-being of their people. 


What have different countries done to help drive the global progress of recent years?

To find out, we've produced a series of 50 case studies, exploring countries that have achieved impressive progress on a range of issues. Here we highlight 10 of the best.

Viet Nam's progress on poverty
Nepal's progress on maternal mortality
Kenya's progress on education
Peru's progress on slum settlements
Burkina Faso's progress on agriculture
Tunisia's progress on women's empowerment
Timor Leste's progress on security
Sri Lanka's progress on employment
Ecuador's progress on poverty
Ethiopia's progress across dimensions
Katy Harris and Tom Berliner