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As they signed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all countries pledged to reach and deliver progress for those who are furthest behind first. People caught in crisis – those living in conflict, and those who are displaced within their own countries or across borders – often fall through the cracks of different authorities’ responsibilities or are explicitly excluded by governments in their national and sectoral plans.

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Based on first-hand interviews with more than 160 Taliban fighters and officials, as well as civilians, this paper examines how the Taliban govern the lives of Afghans living under their rule. Taliban governance is more coherent than ever before; high-level commissions govern sectors such as finance, health, education, justice and taxation, with clear chains of command and policies from the leadership based in Pakistan down to villages in Afghanistan. 

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Migration is back in the news. Just when you thought you had seen it all, the scenes from the United States-Mexico border with children held in cages hit our screens, while the incendiary words of Italy’s Matteo Salvini sent a shockwave throughout Europe. It is time to focus not just on calling out the limits of current approaches to global migration, but to come up with politically viable alternatives.

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Despite repeated pledges to phase out fossil fuel subsidies since 2009, G7 countries provide at least $100 billion a year supporting fossil fuels. Not only have G7 governments taken limited action to address fossil fuel subsidies but they have also failed to put in place any mechanisms to define and document the full extent of their support to oil, gas and coal. The G7 fossil fuel subsidy scorecard aims to address this accountability gap.

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A substantial body of theory now exists on economically sound and politically smart ways of jump-starting progress in poor developing countries. At several levels, however, the practice is lagging behind the theory. This paper reports some early successes from a UK Department for International Development-funded programme in Nepal, the Economic Policy Incubator. Although this programme is at a relatively early stage, it has some highly transferable features and has already generated valuable lessons.

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How can the UK government institute a more integrated approach to promoting peaceful, secure, resilient and prosperous societies across the developing world? There are considerable complexities for the UK government in addressing the sources and mitigating the impact of fragility and conflict globally – while balancing trade-offs between the UK’s aid and security objectives. This briefing outlines five areas for action that could promote a more integrated and effective UK government approach to aid and security.

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‘Transforming the world for girls’ is a three-part podcast series exploring how harmful gendered norms affect the lives of girls in developing countries. This podcast brings together four years of learning on gender norms and adolescent girls, with a focus on Ethiopia, Nepal, Uganda and Viet Nam. Through interviews with girls, their families and communities, and some of the world’s leading gender and development researchers, we explore how we can transform girls’ futures. 

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