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Special Event: Investments to End Poverty and Global Humanitarian Assistance

October 16, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Dear all,

We are delighted to be hosting Judith Randel and Tony German from UK organization Development Initiatives to present Investments to End Poverty (from 10:00-10:50 EST) and Global Humanitarian Assistance 2014 (from 11:00 – 11:50 EST). Please view biographies below. There will be a 20 minute presentation at the start of each, followed by half an hour for questions and discussion. Further details on the reports are below.

Please note, this event is for CSOs only. 

Webinar call in details will be provided to those who reply. Individuals based in Ottawa are encouraged to attend in person at the Oxfam Board Room, on 39 MacArthur.


Michelle Bested 

Proposed Timetable

10.00-10.50: Presentation on Development Initiatives’ Investments to End Poverty.

Development Initiatives’ 2013 report Investments to End Poverty is an important contribution to the debates around financing for development, a critical topic for the post-2015 agenda. Despite global poverty falling at an unprecedented rate, the report finds that economic growth alone will not be enough to end it altogether. Aid continues to have a critical role in financing development, but must be better targeted at where poverty exists- and used together with other resources to expedite the end of poverty. The presentation shares key findings, facts and infographics on financial resources available for development, including international private finance like FDI; remittances; and domestic resources. We also ‘unbundle aid’, looking at what ODA is actually made up of, and ask: how could aid be targeted more effectively at poverty eradication?

Presentation: 20 minutes plus Q&A time with Executive Directors of Development Initiatives, Tony German and Judith Randel

11.00-11.50: Presentation on Development Initiatives’ 2014 Global Humanitarian Assistance Report

How much is spent on humanitarian assistance? Is it enough? Where does it go? How does it get there and what is it spent on? Knowing who is spending what, where, and how is an essential first step in ensuring that resources can best meet the needs of people living in crises – yet this information is often hard to access. This presentation will present key trends, findings and infographics to help you answer these questions from the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) Report 2014. The Development Initiatives’ GHA team uses unique methodologies to gather and analyse data to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive picture of global humanitarian financing. The report looks back on an extraordinary year – in terms of both the scale of high-level crises and in the levels of response.

Presentation: 15 minutes plus Q&A time with Executive Directors of Development Initiatives, Tony German and Judith Randel


Tony German

Tony is a co-founder and Executive Director of Development Initiatives. Together with Judith Randel, he provides strategic direction for Development Initiatives.

Tony’s analysis, research and communication work in the development and aid arena has prompted high-level policy debate and action on critical issues such as the role of public engagement in poverty reduction, the importance of social investment and social security beyond national borders and attention to rights that underline the potential for eradicating poverty by 2025.

Having played an instrumental role in highlighting the concept, symptoms and effects of chronic poverty, Tony is now working to build consensus on the need for an MDG+ strategy to be put in place by 2010 and to agree the affordability and achievability of absolute poverty elimination by a specified date.

Judith Randel

Judith is a co-founder and Executive Director of Development Initiatives. Together with Tony German, she provides strategic direction for Development Initiatives.

Prior to establishing Development Initiatives in 1992, Judith and Tony job-shared as director of public affairs at ActionAid. They have produced a wealth of publications and papers, notably as founding editors and advisors on Reality of Aid, 1991Ð2004.

Judith is well known in the NGO and donor communities for her work on aid statistics, financing instruments and humanitarian aid trends and is a sought-after speaker on the issue. Judith notably directs the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme and our work with ONE/DATA.


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