Events preview: This week in development cooperation

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By Devex Editor

The U.S. Agency for International Development's procurement and supply management summit kicks off in Dubai, while World Bank caps this week with a women economic empowerment hackathon. Check our preview for more events.

Inside the fight for OPIC reauthorization

Conflicting reports about the Trump administration's stance on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation have left the agency's future hanging in the balance. Advocates and critics are staking their cases and looking to an upcoming battle for reauthorization in Congress.

Europe raises at least $32.2M to plug 'global gag rule' shortfall

The Dutch-led She Decides fund aims to replace U.S. government funding lost as a result of the reinstatement of the "global gag rule." But there is some way to go to make up for the shortfall, estimated at a minimum of $600 million.

Persistent digital divide hampers cocoa sector

Mobile connectivity in Africa has widely expanded with the introduction of 4G networks and wireless internet in many major cities. But many rural areas still lack access, and there is no sign of the private sector deploying soon. Cocoa farmers and their crops are among those deeply affected in Ghana.

Why invest in health evidence? Q&A with Chris Murray of IHME

Devex interviews Chris Murray, founder of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which just received a $279 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue and expand its work.

6 key takeaways from DFAT's Aid Supplier Conference

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade brought together the commercial sector, NGOs, multilaterals and private contractors to discuss ideas, concerns and uncertainties about the future of the aid program. Devex was on the ground following the debate. Here's what we learned.

World Bank offers new financing for development MOOC after 32,000 users took the first one

After the success of its first free massive open online course on the topic of mobilizing development finance for the sustainable development agenda, which attracted nearly 32,000 users, the World Bank is offering a new and improved version of the course starting March 1.

How development organizations can save money in a world of fluctuating currencies

Smarter foreign exchange strategies helped the Global Fund save $55 million in 2015. In times of volatile exchange rates, how can development organizations save money and insulate themselves against currency risks? Devex spoke to the Global Fund about its FX hedging strategies and to Cambridge Global Payments about shopping around for better FX deals.

Opportunities and risks for messaging apps in the development sector

As humanitarian organizations seek to engage more fluidly with impacted communities, the introduction of messaging apps, such as Whatsapp and Viber, could prove vital. Results from a recent ICRC-led study indicate the need to further explore potential risks, including lack of privacy, data protection and other security threats.

The New Gambia: What's on and off the aid agenda

Devex travels to The Gambia — emerging from two decades of an isolationist and anti-aid leadership — to ask what the future of development looks like under new President Adama Barrow.