What you need to know: Careers in monitoring and evaluation

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By Nina Segal Kennedy

M&E professionals need to be able to view the overall landscape of a project, but also be able to dig down to the gritty details. Find out what the latest hiring trends are — and tips for how to land the job — in this in-demand sector.

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Do your M&E systems stack up to disco-era standards?

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Election sees WHO's future role in question

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Alibaba's blockchain embrace: A watershed moment for financial transparency?

China's giant e-commerce platform Alibaba recently announced that it will use blockchain technology to boost transparency in the country's philanthropy sector. Will the endorsement from one of the world's fastest-growing companies be enough to mainstream blockchain as a tool for open governance and development?

Addressing contraceptive needs of adolescent women in developing regions

All sexually active adolescent women should have access to safe and effective methods of contraception. What would it cost to provide adolescent women in poorer parts of the world with the services they so urgently need? Ann M. Starrs, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, looks at how a small price could have enormous benefits, in this guest column for International Youth Day.

Examining the potential and limitations of the 'internet of things' for developing countries

A lot of the hype surrounding the internet of things is about technologies such as self-driving cars, but it also has the potential to help the world's poor. Experts discuss some of the opportunities and challenges of applying such interventions in developing countries.

5 common mistakes recruiters make when posting a job online

Posting job vacancies on your organization's website and other online job boards are de rigueur in recruitment. Often the first step in finding a new hire, posting a job is perhaps seen as the most basic of recruitment functions. But you may be doing it all wrong. Here are five common mistakes to avoid make when posting a job online.

4 emerging trends in economic growth

The transformation of economic activity in low-income markets over the past two decades is staggering, and development executives are faced with the need to re-envision models for steering growth. Neil Ghosh and Kristin Lobron look at four big trends that global development professional must understand.

USAID's top small business contractors for 2015

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Blockchain and bitcoin: Global development game changers?

When it comes to blockchain, you either believe in it, have some doubts, or don't quite get it. Watch this DevExplains video to learn more blockchain, the virtual currency bitcoin and their potential role in global development efforts.

How alternative credit scoring is transforming lending in the developing world

A growing number of companies are leveraging the exponential growth of mobile phone usage and the rapid escalation of processing power to turn digital trails into financial track records, opening up new forms of lending to many who didn't previously have access.

DfID on building evidence and 'failing quickly'

Donors want evidence but they also claim to seek out risks. With those sometimes-conflicting goals, how can innovators, entrepreneurs and organizations view failure? Charlotte Watts, chief technology adviser at DfID offered some insight for global health projects during the 2016 Grand Challenges annual conference in London this week.