Catherine Blampied

Catherine is Policy Manager for ONE based in the London office, where she focuses on development finance, poverty and inequality. Before joining ONE, she worked on a variety of international development research and programs at several organizations including African Initiatives, Leaders Quest and the Royal Commonwealth Society. Catherine completed her studies at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, and holds an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and an MSc in International Development.

Author contributions

The new poverty line: How poor are the extremely poor?

The new poverty line: How poor are the extremely poor?

Until now, the "extreme poor" were defined as people living on just $1.25 a day. But from this week, that’s changing: from now on, you’ll hear us and others talking about a new extreme poverty line at $1.90 a day. So what happened?
Just in: Extreme poverty is down by 65 percent!

Just in: Extreme poverty is down by 65 percent!

The World Bank released its latest official extreme poverty estimates – showing that the proportion of people worldwide living in extreme poverty declined by 65% between 1990 and 2012. This represents 1.1 billion people lifted out of extreme poverty and puts us two-thirds of the way towards finishing the job.
New ONE report: Governments are breaking aid promises to poor

New ONE report: Governments are breaking aid promises to poor

2015 could mark a historic turning point in global development efforts. As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, leaders from every country will agree a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are likely to include the goal of virtually eliminating extreme poverty by 2030. As we stand on......
The 50 worst places to live? These photos tell a different story

The 50 worst places to live? These photos tell a different story

Every year, Foreign Policy magazine publishes a feature called Postcards from Hell: a series of photos from what it calls “the world’s 50 worst places.” These are countries that top the Fragile States Index, with the 2014 version published last week. Many are in the midst of conflict and insecurity, so South Sudan......
World Bank film showcases successful African businesswomen

World Bank film showcases successful African businesswomen

“As a girl, it has not been easy,” says Mary Kariuki, a Tanzanian businesswoman who runs one of the most successful safari companies in the country. When she told her father she had been raped, he beat her and threw her out of their home. “I was taken in by an auntie. My mom agreed to take care of my boy, so I could go ...
New poverty figures: A wake-up call and a valuable reminder

New poverty figures: A wake-up call and a valuable reminder

Last week the World Bank released its latest 'State of the Poor' report, an in-depth analysis of poverty trends over the last 30 years. The report answers important questions about how fast poverty is declining in different groups of countries and what it would take to raise everyone’s income above $1.25 a day. It also prov...
How to transform the lives of the ultra-poor

How to transform the lives of the ultra-poor

BRAC’s “Targeting Ultra Poor Program” assists the ultra-poor population to graduate from extreme poverty, get access to mainstream development programs and establish sustainable livelihood improvement. Photo: BRAC Last week I had the opportunity to attend some fascinating talks at the International Growth Center......
From AGOA to AGOA 2.0

From AGOA to AGOA 2.0

President Obama wants to reauthorize an improved AGOA – how can we make it better? ONE’s Catherine Blampied analyzes its strengths and weaknesses ahead of the AGOA Forum in Ethiopia.  Next week, all eyes turn to Ethiopia, where US and African officials, as well as civil society and private sector delegates, will ......
Using aid to boost trade in Africa is a good idea – so what’s the hold up?

Using aid to boost trade in Africa is a good idea – so what’s the hold up?

The Aid for Trade project through the United Nations Development Programme helped this couple set up their own bakery in Tajikistan in 2011. Photo credit: Petteri Kokkonen/UNDP Earlier this month the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) carried out the 4th Global ......
Rich countries are not keeping their promises on aid: new analysis from ONE

Rich countries are not keeping their promises on aid: new analysis from ONE

Last month you may have caught the release of ONE’s 2013 DATA Report: Financing the Fight for Africa’s Transformation, chock full of data on African countries’ progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and towards meeting development spending commitments. And here at ONE we just can’t get enough of bar......