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Posts By:Aditi Mishra

The peace predicament: How to make a meaningful impact on extreme poverty in a world of conflict

“There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”, the UN 2030 agenda for Sustainable development asserts.

Harmful social norms: the last mile for women in extreme poverty?

Addressing harmful norms that keep women in chronic poverty will be necessary for reaching the ‘last mile’ of extreme poverty reduction by 2030. But to have the best chance of success, there are evidence gaps that urgently need to be filled.

How a new type of insurance helps to relieve poverty in Ethiopia

Livestock owners in Ethiopia are in a hugely vulnerable position. Their livelihood is highly dependent on weather patterns and a drought could lead to catastrophic herd loss, potentially pushing them into extreme poverty. Livestock owners are currently unable to mitigate these risks since traditional insurance markets are overpriced and underprovided due to issues of moral hazard and adverse selection. However, a new form of index based livestock insurance (IBLI) addresses these issues by issuing indemnity payments based on objectively verifiable climatic reasons. In IBLI’s case the insurance pay-out is ingeniously based on vegetation levels as seen by remote satellite imagery which can be used to estimate livestock mortality rates.

How Data could save the SDGs: Three approaches to Ending Extreme Poverty

Around half of the 140 SDG targets measured are described in the report as ‘weak or inefficient’ showing moderate or severe deviations from the desired trajectory. For more than 30 percent of the targets, including those concerning poverty, no progress is reported at all – and in some cases actual regression since 2015 is noted.