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    This week in global development

    The world celebrates Earth Day and World Malaria Day this week. The World Health Organization also observes World Immunization Week to promote the use of vaccines. Check out our preview for other noteworthy events.

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    #SpringMeetings

    Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar caught up with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of the institution's spring meetings in Washington, D.C., to tackle some of the controversial aspects of the bank chief's ambitious reforms. A Devex exclusive.

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    Natural resources management

    The debate on whether and how the aid industry should engage with resource-rich countries and their often corrupt and undemocratic governments is far from new, but it has gained new urgency in the wake of massive natural resource discoveries across much of the developing world.

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    Gender mainstreaming

    How can demining organizations mainstream gender in their mine action programs? We asked Gender and Mine Action Program and The Development Initiative to find out.

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    European health month

    When it comes to HIV, it is precisely the stigmatized and criminalized populations who are most critical to curbing the epidemic that are being shut out of universal health coverage. A guest commentary from Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, executive director at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

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    Contract awards

    While all U.K. development assistance has been fully untied since 2001, British firms continue to dominate DfID's private sector partner base.

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    In Numbers

    Technology and greater account ownership in the developing world led to a 20 percent drop in the number of unbanked adults between 2011 and 2014, according to the recently released Global Findex. But much more needs to be done to expand both account ownership and use.

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    Development Buzz

    The World Bank spring meetings this week in Washington, D.C., are well underway, bringing together development professionals from around the world to discuss the most pressing development challenges. But what does the future hold for the world's largest multilateral donor?

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    #innov8aid

    Addressing the technology access gender gap is a worthwhile endeavor, argues Olimar Maisonet-Guzman, policy coordinator for IREX’s Center for Collaborative Technologies, in this exclusive commentary ahead of the International Girls in ICT Day. Here are basic principles to ensure the inclusion of girls in technology access programs.

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    #Reform4Results

    When it comes to transparency and accountability, U.S. aid agencies are behind the curve. Ben Leo, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, and Tom Hart, U.S. executive director at ONE, share three ideas for building more accountable institutions in this Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network op-ed.

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    Engineering the Next 100 Years

    Government and donors need to draw on past lessons and consider more commercial approaches to how development assistance can support infrastructure needs, including ways to engage the private sector. An exclusive op-ed from Jonathan Nash, MCC's managing director for infrastructure, environment and private sector.

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    Mehmet Erdoğan on development issues

    Partner in Health's Dr. Paul Farmer is preparing to reflect on his lifetime's work, particularly drawing lessons learned from Ebola outbreaks, at today's #KAPTalks. Mehmet Erdoğan, member of the Kapuscinski Development Lectures series team, shares how the series of lectures can give a different perspective on development issues.

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