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Introducing Development Progress: understanding what works and why

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‚ÄčThis paper provide an overview of the Development Progress project. It provides information about the main aims of the project as well as details of the forthcoming research agenda and planned outputs.

The project aims to:

  • Explore and refine definitions of development progress, set out new metrics for measurement, and enhance analytical tools.
  • Identify and produce compelling case studies, thereby deepening understanding of what has enabled and driven progress at a country level.
  • Engage with key actors from all regions to inform and influence development debates and policy decisions.

We aim to learn from what has worked in order to engage with rising new issues in the development landscape, among them progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, inequality, the rise of the global South, the green economy and climate change, employment and structural transformation, demographic changes, and vulnerability to shocks.

The project builds on an earlier phase of work, carried out between 2009 and 2011, which produced case studies identifying and analysing progress in 24 countries, and presented a report card on MDGs. This second phase deepens the analysis, seeking to inform debates about key policy issues and make the complexity of development more accessible.

Development Progress