Rising inequality, increased impacts from climate change, continued undernourishment and hunger. These challenges are real, they are global, and they are hitting the world’s poorest the hardest. But too often stories of failure have overshadowed those of success. Real incomes are doubling, life expectancy is increasing, poverty levels are declining — progress is happening faster than at any other time in human history. This animation sets out how the Development Progress project aims to uncover the ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of progress so that a better understanding can be built, suggesting how hurdles in development can be overcome.