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    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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    World Bank Spring Meetings

    In an exclusive interview with Devex, World Bank President Jim Kim talked about the bank's proposed safeguards and reforms as well as the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Here's what else happened on Wednesday at the 2015 World Bank Group's spring meetings.

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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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    European health month

    The SDGs present fresh impetus on how to finance health, and discussions in Addis Ababa must address financing challenges — from ODA and domestic resource mobilization to remittances and FDIs. An op-ed from Fanwell Kenala Bokosi, executive director at the African Forum & Network on Debt and Development.

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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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    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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    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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    To better serve people displaced by disasters, whether natural or man-made, aid agencies are developing innovative shelters. These solutions are designed to be more durable, cheaper and easier to assemble and procure. Here are some innovative examples.

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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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    In partnership with the Skoll World Forum

    The ultimate solution for fighting poverty — according to Gandhi — is not mass production but production by the masses, Barefoot College Founder and Director Bunker Roy shares in a commentary.

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    Is the use of comedy or uplifting stories the answer to widespread criticism that poverty portrayals in many fundraising appeals are fueling inaccurate stereotypes of developing countries? Devex speaks to charities that have launched comic or alternative fundraising appeals to find out.

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